Diamonds are forever, or so we’ve always been told. But have you ever stopped to wonder, what they are really worth or where they come from? As Lab Grown Diamonds entered the market, there has been a constant comparison between them and Natural Diamonds. In this blog, let’s take a closer look to understand the merits and follies of the two.
A natural diamond is created over billions of years inside the earth and undergoes extremely high pressure and temperature conditions to form carbon— the strongest substance known to mankind, which is essentially what a diamond is made of. Lab Created Diamonds on the other hand are formed in a laboratory replicating the Earth’s natural environment using high pressure and high temperature.
While there is a stark difference in the way the two types of diamonds are formed, there is no difference in the way they appear. As the two have the same chemical composition, physical properties and crystal structure of the diamonds found in nature, Lab-Grown Diamonds and Natural Diamonds are identical in their appearance. The sparkle and brilliance that one looks for when buying diamonds is almost indistinguishable between the two.
Naturally occurring diamonds have been mined for significantly longer and there is strict and tightly regulated governance around its access. This is cleverly done so to make it exclusive and assert its rarity and control prices. As far as Lab-Created Diamonds are concerned, there are authorized labs that have the right resources and certifications that permit Lab-Created Diamonds to be grown and sold more easily.
There are no two ways about it — natural diamonds have a high environmental impact. The real consequence of mining is faced gravely by the destruction caused to local habitats and wildlife. Poor labour laws that put the miners at risk are crude realities that make purchasing unethical natural diamonds, irresponsible. Lab Grown Diamonds certainly holds the aces on this one. They are as ‘green’ as they get. Grown entirely in approximately 6-10 weeks of a carefully controlled process, the lab created diamonds offers an eco-conscious and sustainable diamond that is well-suited for our conspicuous consumption.
If you are looking to make an investment in diamonds and are on the fence about which is well-suited for you, remember that there is always more value to be delivered with authenticity than with rarity.