Even though they are still relatively new, lab-created diamonds have seen a considerable surge in popularity over the last decade. In fact, search demand for lab-grown diamonds has increased by 2,000% in the previous four years alone. These man-made diamonds are especially popular among younger generations like Millennials and Gen Zers. Continue reading to discover the top reasons we see people choosing lab-created diamonds for their engagement rings and other jewelry.
Perhaps the most popular reason to choose a lab-grown diamond is the sense that you are getting more for your money. In today’s market, the price of a lab-grown diamond is approximately 30% less than a mined diamond of similar size and quality. That means you can get a bigger stone of equal clarity for the same money!
Lab-grown diamonds are identical to natural diamonds in their chemical, structural and visual compositions. For these reasons, lab diamonds possess the same durability and toughness as natural diamonds, which are the hardest natural material on earth and rated as a 10 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale.
This identical composition also makes it so that lab diamonds offer the same brilliance and beauty as natural diamonds. As a matter of fact, even expert gemologists can’t differentiate between a lab diamond and a natural diamond with the naked eye. In addition to stunning white diamonds, you can also find a wide array of fancy colored lab-grown diamonds—their mined counterparts are extremely rare in nature.
As with their mined counterparts, a lab-grown diamond’s overall quality is based on the 4Cs and is graded accordingly. Not all lab-grown diamond reports are equal, so it’s essential to do your research to ensure a credible and independent laboratory report will accompany your lab diamond purchase. At Borsheims, all of our lab-grown diamonds come with a GCAL report that certifies the stone’s quality and authenticity. GCAL, which stands for Gem Certification and Assurance Lab, is the most noteworthy certification for lab-grown diamonds available today.
Lab-grown diamonds are, in many ways, a more eco-friendly alternative to mined diamonds. For starters, lab-created diamonds use less water and energy than mined diamonds. Lab diamonds also require less land disruption, produce less waste and pollution, and emit less carbons than mined diamonds.
If you are taken with the value, beauty and sustainability that lab-grown diamonds offer and want to learn more, you can contact one of our diamond experts at 1.800.642.4438. You can also shop our lab-grown diamonds selection online by clicking the button below.