December 10, 2019

Lab-Grown Diamonds and Natural Diamonds –What are the Differences?

Another question to ask might be, ‘what are the similarities?’ Lab grown diamonds are of the same chemical composition and physical composition and same durability as natural diamonds produced by mother nature in the earth. There are important variable factors between lab created diamonds and natural mined diamonds. Though, the most common misconception is that lab grown diamonds are “fake diamonds” or a diamond simulant that is not a real diamond, but that is just not the case. While a diamond simulant such as a cubic zirconia or moissanite gemstone will only be visually similar with similar optical properties— being chemically different. Needless to mention, these only visually similar stones may maintain a lower value and will prove to be less durable overtime.

Before you make a lifetime purchase for that unique diamond engagement ring, you should consider all the comparisons between a natural diamond mined from the earth and a laboratory grown diamond ring.

Where the Diamonds Grow Make all the Difference

Really. In simple terms the place that a diamond grows creates the biggest difference between a natural diamond and a created lab diamond.

Mined diamonds take form over a long period of time. In fact, for a natural diamond to take formation may range anywhere from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years. This lengthy process takes place under extreme conditions inside of the earth at about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit combined with immense amounts of pressure. Over time, volcanic movements and earthquakes within the earth’s crust disrupt the location of these natural grown diamonds bringing them closer to the surface embedded in large chunks of rocks ready to be discovered. Understanding this extensive process helps us to convey the rarity of a genuine mined diamond. The journey for a single diamond ring continues from the rough diamonds that are then exhumed from the earth then to the intricate cutting process until finally being hand selected and set into fine diamond rings and diamond jewelry.

 Another varying factor to note is that these extreme conditions cannot be controlled and are at the mercy of mother nature. Therefore, producing a wide range of variable diamond colors, diamond clarity and differing carat weights. These variations can be caused by the presence of differing trace minerals and other atmospheric conditions that influence the surroundings as the diamond is taking shape.

The saying ‘A diamond is forever’ should now carry a deeper understanding of what this sweet simple phrase means. When you select a natural diamond, you are wearing a stone that could be over 3 billion years old. This truly is an astounding and romantic consideration.

So, what is a Lab-Grown Diamond?

With advanced technological processes, diamonds can now be created in a laboratory. A created diamond is grown in highly-controlled laboratory conditions that replicate the earth’s environment – high pressure and high temperature, just rather above ground. These man-made diamonds have the same chemical makeup, crystal structure, optical and physical properties of earth’s natural counterparts. Being of the same makeup, a lab diamond will exhibit the same strength, durability, brilliance and fire. There are two ways to reproduce this above ground process in the lab with either with high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Either way these above ground diamonds are created, they will perform the same as a mined diamond.

A Distinguishing Factor

The time it takes for a lab created diamond is billions of years faster than nature. The lab process of ‘growing’ these diamonds is fascinating as the time is sped up in comparison to billions of years to a mere 6 to 10 weeks. The laboratory growing period does slightly vary depending on the carat size of the diamond. Starting with a single diamond seed, larger lab-grown diamonds will take longer to form. For a natural diamond to be mined today, it would have made its way to the earth’s surface after forming in nature over a few billion years ago. This may also be an important varying price factor.  After all, we could consider earth’s natural mined diamond as one of earth’s most pure antiques. Making the mined diamond even more romantic as the center focus of a natural solitaire diamond ring.

 The carat weight produced by lab-created diamonds is another interesting and notable difference. The carat weight ranges of lab-grown diamonds currently max out at carat weights around 20 carats vs. large rough diamonds being discovered from the earth upwards of 400 carats total weight. There is no doubt that mother nature’s extreme pressure produces a larger natural diamond that can be created in the laboratory. The laboratory produced diamond selection creates an ideal scenario for the most popular carat weight engagement rings. Could you imagine wearing a 20-carat ring?  Maybe, yes. But your hand may experience a little fatigue from the sheer weight of a stone that size. The lab-grown 1 carat diamond ring in a round brilliant cut just happens to be the top selection for its versatile wear and classic style.

Even though created lab diamonds are produced in controlled environments, they will maintain unique varying quality factors. This is because conditions can be controlled but not completely dictated. This keeping higher quality diamonds more rare and every bit as magical.

Do Lab Grown Diamonds Offer More Attractive Prices?

Lab created diamond engagement rings sell for lower prices, about 30% less vs natural diamond rings of the same comparable carat weight, clarity and diamond color. Considering the differences noted with mined and laboratory grown diamonds, this may not be a surprising conclusion. 

Mother nature produces an array of diamonds in varying colors, clarity and qualities. All these variable factors affect the diamonds price. This is also a fact with lab-grown diamonds. These product details along with other options like metal type and carat diamond weight, will determine the overall price of your diamond ring. Opting for the lab created diamond ring may allow you the same budget but with a stunning ring in a larger carat weight or the same carat weight diamond ring, but with a higher diamond quality than you originally hand in mind. This also opens the door to unique diamond rings where previously you may have thought a ring may have fallen just out of your price range but is now suddenly more affordable by selecting the same diamond ring but with a stunning lab-created diamond.

Why Should I buy a Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring?

Well if you are considering a lab created ring why not consider other created stones? Such as a cubic zirconia or moissanite gemstone as these stones are optically alike These visually similar stones seem to have the physical appearance factors similar to a diamond, but these diamond simulants simply just do that, they simulate a diamond. The cubic zirconia and moissanite while are also lab-created gems that are designed to replicate diamonds, they physically and chemically just don’t fully compare to the lab diamond. Cubic Zirconia (also known as CZ) stones are always created with a seemingly flawless appearance and high sparkle. Though, the hardness of a cz stone is not similar to the strength of lab-created diamonds and overtime will become porous. Taking on other elements and chemicals they are introduced to (like lotions and perfumes). What you are left with may be a stone appearing cloudy and unclear. 


These two mentioned diamond simulants are not made of the same physical structure, carbon crystals like diamonds. Which means simulated rings sell at prices less than diamonds (laboratory or mined). Though, these diamond simulants may serve a great purpose when it comes to fashion jewelry or a piece of jewelry that is only desired for a certain purpose or time period.  To the untrained eye, these stones at first will be hard to identify the differences. Though, a person educated in gemological training or trained in fine jewelry will be able tell the differences with just with the naked eye.

Final Review – Select the Diamond That Appeals to You

By now you have determined whether a Lab-grown diamond ring or a natural mined diamond ring is ideal for you. Both are of the same chemical and optical properties and both type of diamonds will equally perform. Most importantly, either selection will last for generations to come. The beauty of both is difficult to compare nor deny. So, the most notable difference lies with the origins of each diamond. Selecting your most important factors will help you choose whichever type of diamond ring or gemstone ring accented with diamonds is ideal for you. But there is no doubt every diamond will maintain unique with unsurpassed sparkle and be sure to put a twinkle in the eye of the receiver. But, if you remain a hopeless romantic that adores the unique and enduring process of the traditional earth formed diamonds, a mined diamond may continue to be your ideal diamond ring and wedding band selection.

Don’t Forget the Certification

No matter where you make your diamond purchase, ensure your lab-grown diamond engagement ring or lab grown diamond necklace includes a reputable diamond certification or grading report. Each lab grown diamond certificate will have different measurement parameters than that of traditional diamond certifications. There are also many different certificates available in the US, some of the most well-known and respected certificates are GIA (Gemological Institute of America), EGL USA, and IGI (International Gemological Institute). Just like all our of natural diamond rings include a certificate, you can expect all our lab grown diamond rings to be IGI Certified and also include a free appraisal report with every purchase from Diamondwish.com.

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November 25, 2019

Can You Tell the Difference in Lab Grown Diamonds?

Laboratory grown diamonds have been experiencing a boom in popularity recent years. Many people are drawn to lab grown diamonds because they have the same physical and optical properties as mined diamonds, yet they involve no mining. Then, on top of that, lab grown diamonds are generally more affordable than mined diamonds, so lab grown diamonds have a more attractive price tag.

As lab grown diamonds have become more popular, they’ve also become more well known. But since lab grown diamonds are still relatively new, consumers often have questions about lab grown diamonds. One of the most common questions we get about lab grown diamonds is “can you tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds by looking at them?” So, do lab grown diamonds look different from mined diamonds? In this post, we’re answering this FAQ!

Can You Tell the Difference Between Lab Grown Diamonds and Mined Diamonds By Sight?

So, can you tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds just by looking at them? No, not with the naked eye (and not even with a jewelry loupe). Lab grown diamonds have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. So lab grown diamonds have the exact same type of beautiful shimmer as mined diamonds (and they’re also just as durable!).

To give you an example of how similar lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds look, let’s take a closer look at a couple of engagement rings. Below, there are two pictures of engagement rings. Both of these beautiful engagement rings feature a round brilliant cut center gemstone. But one of these features a lab grown round brilliant cut diamond and the other features a mined round brilliant cut diamond. Can you guess which has a lab grown diamond? (Don’t scroll too far before making your guess— we’ll reveal the answer at the end of the next paragraph!)

On the top, we have the Aurora Halo Double Band Engagement Ring in yellow gold. On the bottom, we have the Riley Classic Engagement Ring in white gold. At Diamond Wish, both of these engagement rings can be set with either a lab grown diamond or a natural mined diamond. But in this example, the lab grown diamond is in the picture on the right, featured in the Riley Classic Engagement Ring in white gold.

If you couldn’t guess which engagement ring featured a lab grown diamond, don’t worry— you’re not alone! Even expert jewelers can’t tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and naturally mined diamonds by sight. (So if you did guess right, you simply had a lucky guess.)

Wondering why even an expert can’t tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds by looking at them? Lab grown diamonds are created using a process that replicates how mined diamonds form in the earth. The end result is that lab grown diamonds have the same carbon crystal arrangement as mined diamonds, so they look the same (and have the same physical properties) as mined diamonds. It is possible for a gemologist to tell the difference between a lab grown and a mined diamond, but they would need to use specialized testing equipment to do so. So even a gemologist can’t tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds by sight.

It’s important to note that lab grown diamonds aren’t to be confused with diamond simulants, which you can spot just by looking at them (provided you know what to look for). Diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, may look similar to diamonds, but they don’t share the same properties as diamonds. So, they reflect light differently and they also aren’t as durable as diamonds.

Take for example, the beautiful moissanite engagement ring pictured above. This ring’s 2 carat moissanite is certainly stunning. But it isn’t a diamond. And while it may be hard for most people to tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond just by looking at it, an expert jeweler could, since moissanite has a different crystal structure that gives it a slightly different type of light reflection. Moissanite will also rank lower on durability than a diamond, since, physically, it’s not quite as hard as a diamond (diamonds are the hardest substance on the planet!). That’s why, though lab grown diamonds and certain diamond simulants may both be made in a lab, lab grown diamonds are considered more valuable than diamond simulants. Lab grown diamonds have the same properties as mined diamonds, while diamond simulants do not, so diamond simulants tend to sell for much less.

Thinking of choosing a lab grown diamond for your jewelry? Shop our full range of beautiful lab grown diamonds!

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November 14, 2019

4 Reasons to Consider Lab Diamonds

A Lab diamonds unsurpassed sparkle and lower price is making them very hard to ignore, but there are even more reasons why shoppers are choosing a lab grown diamond for their next engagement ring purchase.

A Lab Diamond is a diamond that consists of the same chemical, crystal structure and carbon makeup as a genuine mined diamond, notably differing in the place they are formed.

Highly advanced technology processes replicate the environment in which diamonds naturally take place in nature. Allowing the creation process to take place above ground in a lab, without disrupting the earth’s crust. Being made of the exact same carbon material as natural diamonds, they exude the same strength, brilliance and sparkle factor as the traditional diamond.

Considering buying a diamond ring online? Here are the top 4 reasons to consider a Lab Grown diamond before you make the purchase:

1. Mining Free

Lab created diamonds are grown above ground with high pressure technology requiring no disruption or diamond mining to the earth. Reducing the environmental impact. Because of this lab process they are completely conflict-free. This process has been around for years, but in recent years has grown in awareness.

2. Not a Diamond Simulant

The most important factor to note is that these stones are not diamond stimulants or synthetic diamonds, such as a cubic zirconia or moissanite. As these only optically appear similar. Lab created diamonds are of the same true carbon atom, crystal structure of natures diamonds, starting from a diamond seed. A seasoned gemologist can spot the difference between any diamond stimulant and a lab created diamond with an unaided eye.

3. Budget Friendly

Costing around 30% less, these diamonds are sought after for saving the purchaser money for the same comparable quality and carat size diamond. They are simply more affordable and provide the same excellent brilliance in comparison to natures counterpart.

4. Quality

These man-made diamonds offer all the same quality, physical, chemical, and optical properties of a real diamond that is uncovered from earth. Which means all the same beauty characteristics that naturally develop in nature are also present in lab created diamonds. Just as the earth creates variable color ranges and clarity grades, as is the same with the lab process. This provides a wide selection and variations available for selection in our Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Rings.

Lab Created Jewelry

Solitaire diamond earrings are a top selected gift for many reasons. Simple single diamond studs offer a versatile style and are a staple to any fashion wardrobe. Selecting lab-grown diamond earrings offers a higher value for the same carat weight studs and provides more bling for the buck. Making the classic lab-grown studs a wise selection for the savvy shopper without sparing any sparkle.

Still searching for an ideal gift but want a very high quality gemstone and yet budget conscious? Our lab-grown diamond necklaces offer a classic solitaire style while flaunting the same unsurpassed sparkle that will last for generations to come. Making the diamond necklace a simply sweet birthday and holiday gift idea that is ageless and never goes out of style. Consider an adjustable length chain. This will allow the wearer multiple necklace lengths ensuring not only comfort but a little added style.

Certifications

Just as it’s natural counterparts can include a diamond certification, that states the quality and physical characteristics of any specific stone, a lab grown diamond will also include a diamond certification stating the same quality specifications and all the details of a single stone. Common certifications in the diamond industry may include a GIA (Gemological Institute of America), IGI (International Gemological Institute) or other reputable certificating house. All of our lab created diamonds are not only certified but will also include an appraisal. Differing from the certification, an appraisal can be used for insurance purposes as a statement of value.

In Review

It’s not just millennials selecting lab created diamonds. For all these facts and added benefits that lab created diamonds offer, the are are definitely winning our hearts and our wallets. And, with our unique custom jewelry builder you can create your own unique lab grown ring, earrings or necklace your way. After all, a sentimental jewelry gift means so much more when you are the creator. When shopping online, if you select a lab stone for your center stone in an engagement ring, it just may save you time and cost less. Just consider this lovely vintage Charleston Ring with a 1.00 carat weight round center embraced by a unique baguette halo of diamonds selected by one of our very own Diamond Wish customers that created a completely custom and personal proposal.

Did you know? All our Lab Grown Diamond Jewelry also is eligible for our lifetime upgrade program, which is one of the most generous in the diamond industry. You never lose the value in a lab created diamond purchase because 100% of your paid value qualifies towards any future lab created purchase of any greater quality or value. For life! Shop with confidence online knowing your lab diamonds will always hold their original paid value.

Time to Choose

At DiamondWish.com we offer both natural diamonds and lab created diamonds. Leaving the selection process up to you. Choose what factors are most desirable to you and from there it will be breeze to determine what is the best fit for your fine jewelry item, exclusively handcrafted to order. Both natures diamonds and diamonds created in the lab will offer a lifetime of sparkle.

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October 1, 2019

Lab Grown Diamonds are Real: So What’s the Difference in Lab Created Diamonds vs. Genuine?

When you shop for a diamond, you have options. Of course, diamonds come in numerous different shapes, carat weights, clarity gradings, colors, and cut gradings. But, in the modern era, there’s another big option you need to consider before purchasing a diamond: do you want a natural diamond or a lab grown diamond?

Lab grown diamonds (also called lab created diamonds) are becoming incredibly popular and are, therefore, much more widely available. So when you shop for a diamond, you’ll see that many stores now carry lab grown diamonds. But what exactly is a lab grown diamond? And what’s the difference between lab created diamonds vs. genuine diamonds? In this post, we’re breaking down the differences between these two types of diamonds to help you decide which may be right for you.

What is a Lab Grown Diamond?

First, let’s talk about what a lab grown diamond is. A lab grown diamond is a real diamond that has been made in a lab by scientists. Lab grown diamonds have the exact same chemical composition as diamonds that grow in the earth. They also look exactly the same as natural diamonds and are equally as beautiful. The only difference between lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds is how they are made. Lab grown diamonds are made in a carefully controlled lab environment, while natural diamonds form naturally in the earth’s crust over billions of years.

This rose gold and moissanite engagement ring shows an example of a diamond simulant.

It’s important to note that lab grown diamonds are real diamonds and that they shouldn’t be confused with diamond simulants. Diamond simulants are materials that look like diamonds but are not diamonds. Some examples include cubic zirconia, rhinestone, and moissanite (a gemstone that looks remarkably like, but is not, a diamond).

Comparing Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds

While both lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds are real diamonds, they do have some differences that can affect which you prefer. At Diamond Wish, we believe that both lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds are excellent options for your diamond jewelry. But to help you understand why some people prefer one type of diamond over the other, let’s take a closer look at how these types of diamonds compare in five categories: price, investment value, environmental impact, color variety, and sentimental value.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Price

Lab grown diamonds are usually priced around 30% to 40% less than natural diamonds that have the same carat weight and qualities. So in terms of upfront cost, lab grown diamonds are a better value than natural diamonds. Choosing a lab grown diamond can be a great way to spend less on your diamond jewelry. Or, alternatively, going with a lab grown diamond over a natural diamond can help you buy a larger, higher quality diamond while still staying within your budget.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Investment Value

While lab grown diamonds have a lower upfront cost, some people have concerns about how lab grown diamonds will hold their value over time. We know from long-term market trends that natural diamonds tend to hold their value fairly well over time. And if a diamond is particularly rare in quality, it will usually go up in value over time, making it a good investment. But lab grown diamonds are fairly new, so we simply don’t know how their value may change over time.

Investment value is usually not a concern for those who are buying a diamond just to enjoy wearing it in jewelry. However, if you’re a collector who is concerned about long-term investment value, you may want to consider how time (and changing market trends) may affect the value of lab grown diamonds.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Environmental Impact

Many people are concerned about the environmental impact of mining diamonds. And environmental impact is often the determining factor that causes an individual to choose a lab grown diamond over a natural diamond. Mining anything, including diamonds, will always have an impact on a region’s environment. And while many modern diamond miners go to great lengths to ensure that their mining practices minimize environmental impact, there is always some environmental impact when a diamond is mined. Lab grown diamonds, on the other hand, have a much more minimal impact on the environment. While it does take some energy to create a lab grown diamond, making a diamond in a lab doesn’t disturb soil or release higher carbon emissions, like mining a diamond does.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Color Variety 

Lab grown diamonds can currently be made in five colors: white, yellow, blue, pink, and green. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, come in white, black, brown, and in every color of the rainbow. Then, each color of natural diamond can be found in a vast array of different saturations.

Most people are looking for white diamonds for their diamond jewelry. And if that’s the case for you, you’ll find that there are many beautiful white diamonds to choose from in both the lab created and natural categories. However, if you’re on the hunt for a particular hue of colored diamond, you may find that you simply can’t find a lab grown diamond with the exact color you’re looking for.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Sentimental Value

Sentimental value is incredibly subjective. But it is important to mention that many people believe that natural diamonds have more sentimental value, simply due to how they are formed. Natural diamonds are formed in the earth over billions of years. And many people find that the history attached to a natural diamond’s formation gives it more meaning, especially for pieces like engagement rings, which are meant to symbolize eternity. The sentiment associated with natural diamonds is often the main reason people prefer natural diamonds over lab grown diamonds.

Final Thoughts on Lab Created vs. Genuine Diamonds

At the end of the day, whether you prefer lab created vs. genuine diamonds is highly personal. Both of these types of diamonds are real and beautiful. When you choose between these two types of diamonds, we recommend simply listening to your heart and selecting the diamond that feels right for you.

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