An artificial simulant example.
A cubic zirconia bracelet from our Jools collection.
A natural simulant example.
A pair of clear white topaz stones.
People have been trying to grow diamonds for centuries now- ever since it was discovered that they were made from carbon. After realising they were created from high temperatures and pressures beneath the earth's surface, scientists started their research into man-made crystals.
To the naked eye and even through a loupe glass (magnification), you can't see a difference. You would have to send off to have the stone lab-grown one. Both natural and laboratory grown diamonds share the same chemical, physical and optical properties. They are both made from crystalline carbon and measure 10 on the hardness scale. The only difference is how and where the diamonds are grown and the length of time. It is these growth histories that a laboratory uses to detect a synthetic stone in a gem lab.
Are lab-grown diamonds real?
Yes! Laboratory grown diamonds are just grown in a different environment to natural diamonds! They have the same properties, characteristics and crystal structure as natural diamonds including the 4 C's (cut, clarity, carat and colour) and are a 10 on the measure of hardness scale.
How much cheaper are lab-grown diamonds?
Currently they are 30-50% cheaper than natural diamonds. However this may change the easier and quicker they are to produce!
How do I care for my lab-grown diamond jewellery?
The exact same way you would care for a natural diamond. Take your piece to a local jewellers and ask for the setting and stone to be professionally checked. To remove any dirt and oils place your piece in warm soapy water and use a soft old toothbrush to clean.
Should a lab-grown diamond be certified?
Yes, lab-grown diamonds are certified in the same way natural diamonds are and by the same grading bodies; including GIA, IGI and AGS.