What Is A Lab Created Or CVD Diamond?

Lab created diamonds are chemically and structurally identical to mined diamonds that are grown in the earth, the only difference being that lab diamonds were formed in a controlled environment. Lab made diamonds, lab grown diamonds, and man made diamonds are all terms used to describe the same stone. A CVD diamond is a lab diamond that is created through the process of chemical vapor deposition. An HPHT diamond is created through a process called high pressure high treatment. Lab diamonds are recognized as real diamond by the FTC and pass all tests used to confirm a pure carbon diamonds. The differences are indistinguishable, except that many lab diamonds have a laser inscription that is only visible through magnification. People opt for lab created diamond engagement rings because, in general, mined gemstones run the possibility of being mined in a way that has a negative impact on the environment or on the people that mine them. In contrast, lab created diamonds are conflict-free and ethical. They’re also generally of a higher clarity and color grade than naturally forming stones.

Is A Lab Created Diamond Engagement Ring Right For You?

If you want a diamond engagement ring but are concerned about the potential negative social or environmental impact, lab grown diamonds are a great option. Just like mined diamonds, man made diamonds have a classic, timeless look and are extremely versatile. Watch the video to learn more about designing a lab diamond engagement ring.

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Lab Grown Diamond Pros and Cons


  • Lab diamonds typically have less inclusions, higher clarity, and better color than mined diamonds
  • More budget-friendly than mined diamonds
  • Conflict-free and ethical, you can know the origin of your diamond with 100% certainty


  • They’re not grown in the earth and lose the allure and history of forming over millions of years
  • They’re not as unique as mined diamonds whose imperfections give them character

Who Is A Lab Created Diamond Engagement Ring Right For?

If you love diamonds but have your heart set on an ethical engagement ring, a lab created diamond engagement ring is a great choice for you. Lab grown diamonds are also a good choice if you want maximum carat size for your budget: they’re less expensive than their mined counterparts. If you’re a perfectionist when it comes to your stone’s appearance then lab created gemstones may offer the look you are after. A lab created ring may not be the best choice for you if you want your stone to have character or history.

Additional Resources

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring​

Become an expert with our free guide.​

Conflict Free Engagement Rings​

Cruelty free diamonds and ethical alternatives.

Moissanite vs Diamond​

What’s the difference?

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