10 reasons to choose a lab grown diamond engagement ring
Before we dive into the reasons for choosing lab grown diamonds over mined diamonds, let’s talk about what lab grown diamonds really are, how they are different from mined diamonds and what methods are used to grow them.
Lab grown diamonds are diamonds that are created using advanced technological processes in a laboratory setting, rather than being mined from the earth. They are chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds, and are often referred to as “cultured” diamonds.
There are two main methods for producing lab grown diamonds: high pressure high temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
- The HPHT method involves recreating the conditions that exist in the earth’s mantle, where natural diamonds are formed. This is done by placing a small diamond seed in a chamber along with a carbon-rich gas, and applying high pressure and high temperature to the chamber. The carbon in the gas bonds with the diamond seed, gradually growing it into a full-sized diamond.
- The CVD method involves using a substrate, such as a small diamond seed or a sheet of silicon, and exposing it to a plasma of carbon-rich gas. The plasma deposits a thin layer of carbon atoms onto the substrate, which gradually builds up into a diamond crystal.
Lab grown diamonds are graded and certified in the same way as mined diamonds, and they are generally of the same high quality as the best mined diamonds available.
So, what are the 10 reasons to choose a lab grown diamond engagement ring?
- Cost: Lab grown diamonds are typically less expensive than mined diamonds, especially in larger sizes and higher qualities. This can make them a more budget-friendly option for an engagement ring. At the same time, they lose value at the exact same rate as mined diamonds.
- Ethics: Some people prefer lab grown diamonds because they are produced in a controlled laboratory setting, rather than being mined from the earth. This can help to ensure that the diamonds are ethically produced, without the negative environmental and social impacts often associated with diamond mining. Traceable origin = 100% assurance that no human rights abuse tainted your most precious heirloom.
- Availability: Lab grown diamonds can be produced in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and qualities, and they are generally more readily available than mined diamonds. This can make it easier to find the perfect lab grown diamond for your engagement ring.
- Quality: Lab grown diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds, so there is no difference in quality between the two. Furthermore, it is virtually impossible for a gemmologist to distinguish between the two. That is why diamonds are laser inscribed with a reference number on their girdle.
- Personal preference: Some people simply prefer the idea of a lab grown diamond for their engagement ring. They may feel that it is a more modern or sustainable option.
- Customization: Lab grown diamonds can be produced to specific sizes and shapes, making it easier to create a truly custom and unique engagement ring. They also encourage cutters and polishers to experiment which is why lab grown diamonds are often available in cuts that do not exist on the mined diamond market.
- Rarity: Lab grown diamonds can be produced in a wide range of colours. This allows you to choose a rare and unique diamond that may not be available on the mined diamonds market, or would be incredibly expensive.
- Environmental impact: The process of mining diamonds can have a significant environmental impact, including habitat destruction, water pollution, and carbon emissions. Lab grown diamonds do not have this negative impact, as they are produced in a laboratory setting by businesses that follow net-zero policies.
- Consistency: Lab grown diamonds are produced in a controlled laboratory setting, which allows for greater consistency in terms of size, shape, and quality. This can make it easier to find a lab grown diamond that meets your specific requirements.
- Innovative technology: Lab grown diamonds are created using innovative technology that has only recently become available. Some people may find this technology to be interesting or appealing, and may prefer a lab grown diamond for this reason.
Ultimately, the decision to choose a lab grown diamond for an engagement ring should be based on personal preference and what is most important to you and your partner. We have an incredible selection of dainty engagement rings designed around lab grown diamonds and are always happy to customise them for our customers.
*Featured photo by Sage Yeager Films