What are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
Lab-grown diamonds are also called lab created diamonds, but what are they?
Lab created diamonds are grown in laboratories and have essentially the same chemical composition, crystal structure and optical and physical properties as natural diamonds; they are carbon atoms arranged in a cubic crystal structure. Lab-grown are real diamonds, not fakes, but they aren't exactly the same as mined diamonds. While natural diamonds were formed millions to billions of years ago, deep inside the earth, lab grown diamonds are created in a laboratory and are grown in a matter of days or weeks.
The growth process of lab created diamonds is similar to natural diamond growth, and therefore there are still variations in color and clarity. This means that lab-grown diamonds are not all colorless and flawless as one might suspect. And just as earth-mined diamonds are graded by independent gemological laboratories (i.e. GIA) for the Four C's of carat, color, clarity and cut, so are lab-grown diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds of equivalent quality are almost indistinguishable. Only a gemological lab with advanced testing equipment can authoritatively determine if a diamond is a natural, mined diamond or a lab-created diamond. When the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) issues a report on a lab-created diamond, it laser inscribes the report number and the words "laboratory-grown" right on the girdle of the diamond.
Unlike diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, lab-grown diamonds have the exact same brilliance and scintillation as mined diamonds.
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**Thank you to the GIA and Overnight Inc. for the information provided here**