If you’ve been shopping for rings or other pieces of fine jewelry lately, you’ve likely encountered some that are made with lab-grown diamonds or other lab-grown gemstones. It’s one of the ways that jewelers like näas Jewelry can manufacture sustainable fine jewelry that looks gorgeous but doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment or native communities.
But we know you might have some more questions, so here we’ve collected some FAQs for you about lab-grown diamonds.
What is a Lab-Grown Diamond?
Unlike a mined diamond, which uses valuable natural resources and can cause deforestation and other negative effects on native communities, lab-grown diamonds are created in a lab. They boast identical optical, chemical, and physical properties.
What Technologies are Used in Lab-Grown Diamonds?
There are two different types of technologies used in lab-grown diamonds, the first being the High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT) process that mimics how diamonds are formed naturally. The second, the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) method employs a carbon seed that’s submitted to highly-pressurized gasses to create a diamond.
How Long Does it Take for a Lab-Grown Diamond to Be Created?
A lab-grown diamond that’s one carat in size takes approximately 7-10 days; a three-carat one around a month.
Can I tell Whether a Diamond has Been Lab-Grown or Organically Created?
Since lab-grown diamonds bear exactly the same physical and chemical properties as those that have been organically created, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the two with the naked eye. The only way to determine if a diamond has been mined or grown in a lab is to have it tested by a professional.
Can I Get a Lab-Grown Diamond Appraised & Insured?
Absolutely! Just like traditionally mined diamonds, lab-grown diamonds can be easily appraised and insured. Lab-grown diamonds will always have a laser-inscribed identification mark and a report from either the Gemological Institute of America or the International Gemological Institute, the leading appraisal organizations of diamonds around the world.
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