Is there really a difference between mined and lab grown diamonds?
The simple answer is No. A diamond is a diamond, whether mined or grown in a lab, as ruled by the FTC in the USA.
In fact, the Commission no longer defines a diamond by using the term natural because ‘it is no longer accurate to define diamonds as natural when it is now possible to create products that have essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as mined diamonds’.
With identical chemical and physical properties to traditionally mined diamonds, composed of the same material and requiring the same cutting and polishing processes, what is the benefit of buying a lab-grown diamond for the consumer?
Minimal Ecologicial Footprint
One of the greatest benefits to the consumer is the minimal ecological footprint that a lab-grown diamond carries, when compared to it’s mined counterparts. Grown not mined, lab-grown diamonds do not demand tons of the earth’s core to be excavated. This negates the need for a great deal of human labour, often in very poor conditions. Ecologically conscious, and conflict free, lab-grown diamonds carry a much lower footprint than mined diamonds.
Considerably Lower Cost
A key difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds is the price. With a retail price tag of between 20 and 30% lower than mined diamonds, there are substantial savings to be made when purchasing a lab grown diamond. This means that the consumer can enjoy a larger, higher quality diamond for a more modest price tag.
Just like a traditionally mined diamond, lab grown diamonds are independently certified by internationally recognised gemological laboratories, such as GIA or IGI, so you can purchase your lab grown diamond jewellery in total confidence.