What Is A Lab Grown Diamond?

What Is A Lab Grown Diamond?

Lab-grown diamonds are manufactured gems created in a laboratory. They're just as beautiful as earth-mined diamonds. And they'll usually pass a diamond tester. High-quality lab diamonds might be even lovelier to behold than a natural stone because they have very few flaws. 

This article will explore lab-grown diamonds with the diamond-buying consumer in mind. We'll answer questions like:

  • Are lab-grown diamonds "real?"

  • Why are lab diamonds becoming so popular?

And finally, we'll explain the difference between lab diamonds and diamond alternatives. But you can always contact us to learn more. 

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds "Real"?

Yes, they are "real" diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are chemically identical to a natural stone and even more pure. 

A lab diamond is just as tough as a natural diamond, too. Meaning both will score a perfect 10 on Mohs Hardness Scale. Best of all, they are usually much more affordable than a natural diamond of the same quality. 

Are Lab Grown Diamonds Popular?

As Americans became more aware of the social, political and environmental issues associated with diamond mining, the demand for lab diamonds blew up!

The good news is that lab diamonds are widely available now. They're just as dazzling as mined diamonds and usually far more affordable.

Lab Diamonds vs. Diamond Alternatives

Now, there is still a massive demand for natural diamonds. Many people still prefer an earth-mined stone created by mother nature. But some diamond alternatives are becoming popular, too. And if you're looking for a stone that is sure to be conflict-free, you might like some diamond alternatives. 

Moissanite, for instance, is another lab-grown gem. They're becoming popular because, like lab diamonds, your moissanite purchase won't fund any terrorist armies or require long hours of child labor to unearth. Moissanite is nearly as tough as a diamond (at 9.25 on Mohs), so they'll last a lifetime. Excellent specimens are nearly colorless, like a good diamond, but they sparkle even more! So they're worth considering if you want a dazzling gem. 

Our Final Thoughts

Ultimately, lab diamonds are an excellent choice for many consumers. You'll be able to buy more carat weight and wear a bigger stone, all while knowing that you helped the environment.

But for many people, only natural diamonds will do. And that's fine! If you'd like to learn more about lab diamonds or natural stones, get in touch. The professional jewelers at Masina Diamonds are standing by. We'd love to pair you with the perfect natural stone, lab diamond or moissanite, today.