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.
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.
See some of the rings we’ve designed using lab created and CVD diamond to get inspired.
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.
We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we’ll give you a quick call before your meeting to make sure we can help you.