As a 3rd generation family jewellers we have always kept our traditional Heritage With an on site workshop and bespoke jewellery manufacturing service whist still keeping one eye on the future of our trade. From seamlessly moving away from soldering torches to lasers and hand sketches for cad we have a foot in the old and the new age. This keeps us all exited for the future and humble to our roots.
This leads me on to the subjecting lab diamonds! I was a skeptic I must say but after looking and working with these stones I can tell you they blow me away! Whilst there is no replacement for natural diamonds I do feel they have a place and offer an alternative (like a vegan or vegetarian dish on a menu)!
The green aspect is something that will appeal to many in this new eco-green movement that we are living through and the bang for your buck you get to maximise your budget is a massive pull for the next person. In the middle we have jewellery options open up to people who never thought they could afford a 1ct diamond but now can at up-to a 3rd of the price or the other that could afford a 1ct who can now afford a 2ct !!
The demand for man-made diamonds has increased and had more people wondering if these diamonds were actually real.
Of course, the answer is Yes, lab grown diamonds are chemically, optically, and physically identical to earth-mined diamonds. It really is a personal preference and a choice. We can help with education and we can show you both for you to decide!
Although initially used for industrial purposes, today consumers everywhere are choosing lab-grown diamonds for all types of jewellery; engagement rings, band rings, fashion rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and men's rings.
Forward to the present day, lab grown diamonds account for about 2-3% of the market for diamond engagement rings. While earth mined diamonds are still the traditional choice for diamond but times are changing !
Resources say, General Electric (GE) created the first batch of lab created diamonds in 1954. Forward to the 1970s, that is when gem-quality lab stones have been available. Commercially, however, in the 1980s is when high-quality man made diamonds became accessible.
The bottom line: Overall, lab grown stones share the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds that last forever but are an estimated 30% less expensive than mined diamonds. Overall, neither diamond is “better.” They are not in competition with one another.
1 Mar 2021 Diamond mines are some of the largest holes ever dug in the Earth, requiring immense amounts of fossil fuels to extract the gemstones with heavy machinery. The Mirny Diamond Mine is almost a mile in diameter and 1,722' deep. It is the second largest hole in the Earth.
While lab diamonds are vegan, mined diamonds are not, with damage to watersheds and ecosystems far beyond the hole in the ground. One single diamond mine to be dug in India in the coming years will require the cutting down of 492,000 trees and the destruction of a Bengal Tiger corridor.
Furthermore, diamond mining gets less sustainable every year, whereas growing diamonds is getting more sustainable. Many diamond growers are already using renewable energy to grow diamonds and multiple diamond growing facilities are under construction in areas where renewable power is readily available.
Today, lab diamonds are 40-50% less expensive than mined diamonds of comparable quality. This is for two reasons: the supply chain for lab-grown diamonds is much more efficient and the profits of De Beers and the other diamond mining companies are quite large.
Thus, you can purchase a much larger and better quality diamonds for a given budget if you choose lab grown diamonds over mined diamonds. For example, for roughly the same cost of a 1.5 carat solitaire engagement ring from a luxury retailer, you can purchase a 2.0 to 2.5 carat lab grown diamond of the same quality from Ada Diamonds.
What is the difference between lab diamonds and cubic zirconia? Quite simply, a laboratory-grown diamond is a diamond: carbon atoms arranged in a diamond cubic crystal structure. The only difference between mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds is the origin of the diamond. ... A cubic zirconia is not a diamond.
Yes! Just like a mined diamond, laboratory grown diamonds can be insured. In fact, by choosing a lab-grown diamond, you'll not only save money on the diamond itself, but you'll also save money on the annual premium of the insurance policy due to the lower overall cost of the insurable piece.
The demand for man-made diamonds increased and had more people wondering if these diamonds were actually real. Of course, the answer is, lab grown diamonds are chemically, optically, and physically identical to earth-mined diamonds.
Forward to the present day, lab grown diamonds account for about 2-3% of the market for diamond engagement rings. While earth mined diamonds are still the traditional choice for diamond engagement rings, lab grown diamonds provide a cost-effective alternative to the natural counterpart.
Do lab grown diamonds test as real diamonds? Yes! Lab grown diamonds test positive on a diamond tester because they're made of crystallized carbon, just as mined diamonds are.