Lab Grown Diamonds
At Diamond Elite we value both lab grown and natural diamonds. Both are equally as impressive in terms of providing that brilliance and fire that is sought after with diamonds. Let’s explore both lab grown diamonds further.
Lab grown diamonds also known as cultured or engineered diamonds are artificially grown in a laboratory using advanced processes that mimic the conditions of which diamonds are naturally formed in the Earth. These lab grown diamonds are grown from a tiny carbon seed of natural diamond, this carbon seed is then exposed to extreme heat which mimics the same method a natural diamond is formed. Lab grown diamonds consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure and as such are made of the same material as natural diamonds they will exhibit the same optical and chemical properties as one another.
Given the chemical properties are the same, when a lab grown diamond is tested using a standard handheld diamond tester the result will be the same as a natural diamond. Only using specialised equipment can a lab grown diamond be distinguished from a natural diamond via the minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth patterns. Another way to identify whether a diamond is lab grown is to check its Grading Report Certificate. Any reputable and trusted jeweller will declare upfront whether the diamond is lab grown or natural
Overall lab grown diamonds look and feel the same as a natural diamond. They are available in all shapes and sizes as well as in various specifications. Despite all these similarities between a lab grown diamond and a natural diamond there is a vast difference in price between the two.
Keep in mind at Diamond Elite all our lab grown engagement rings come with a Grading Report Certificate conducted by an independent laboratory so you know exactly what you’re getting.