Lab-Grown Diamonds have increasingly grown in popularity over the last 10 years. Lab grown diamonds are an excellent and affordable alternative to natural diamonds as they can easily match the look and sparkle of a natural stone. Lab grown diamonds are also considered to be more eco friendly than a natural diamond. We are shedding some light on lab grown diamonds in Glasgow.
- What is a lab diamond?
- Are lab diamonds real diamonds?
- Are lab diamonds cheaper?
- Can you tell if a diamond is lab grown?
- Do lab diamond come certified?
What is a lab diamond?
Lab grown diamonds; also known as eco diamonds, synthetic diamonds, man made diamonds; are created in a similar way to natural diamonds, only the process is sped up in a laboratory instead of in nature. This creates a diamond that is more affordable and eco friendly.
Are lab diamonds real diamonds?
The short answer is yes, Lab grown diamonds are physically, chemically and visually the same as natural diamonds. When placed beside a similarly graded natural mined diamond, the stones will look identical.
The 3 major international diamond laboratories GIA, HRD and IGI provide diamond grading reports certifying it is a diamond with exactly the same optical, physical and chemical characteristic than mined diamonds with the point of origin being the only difference. One is grown above the ground while the other is extracted from the ground.
Are lab diamonds cheaper?
Compared with natural diamonds, Lab-grown diamonds are very cost effective and can be around 30% – 70% less expensive than similar natural diamonds. This means that you can get a larger or better quality stone for your budget.
Can you tell if a diamond is lab grown?
It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between a lab diamond and a natural diamond, visually there is no way to tell the difference between stones. even to a trained eye. Traditional jewellers tools such as microscopes or loupes cannot detect the difference between a laboratory-grown diamond and a natural, mined diamond. One way to tell the difference would be on the diamond certification.
Do lab diamond come certified?
Yes, the 3 major international diamond laboratories GIA, HRD and IGI provide diamond grading reports certifying it is a diamond with exactly the same optical, physical and chemical characteristic than mined diamonds with the point of origin being the only difference. One is grown above the ground while the other is extracted from the ground.
So, if you’re looking to purchase a lab-grown diamond in Glasgow, look no further than Bercotts. We offer a stunning range of diamonds and settings so that we can make your jewellery dreams come true. Whether you are looking for a lab-grown diamond engagement ring, earrings or any other piece of jewellery we’re always happy to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
How are Lab Grown Diamonds Made?
Lab grown diamonds are created in a laboratory in a way which results in a diamond exactly the same as what you would find in nature. There are two methods used to create lab diamonds; chemical vapour deposition also known as CVD, and high pressure high temperature also known as HPHT. Both methods are effective in creating high-quality, authentic diamonds, identical to those found in nature.
During CVD diamond creation, a minuscule slice of diamond is placed into a chamber where it is exposed to carbon-rich gas and amped up to extremely high temperatures. Over a matter of just weeks, the carbon gas ionises and the particles stick to the original diamond slice, before eventually crystallising into a fully formed diamond. Most experts will agree that the CVD method creates slightly higher quality gems.
The HPHT process involves metal, which can enter the diamond and cause more visible inclusions. During HPHT, pure carbon is pressed within a metal cube and exposed to immense heat and pressure through electric pulses. Eventually, the carbon breaks down and crystallises into a diamond. Any metal traces within a HPHT diamond will be minuscule and usually not visible to the naked eye.