FAQ: Lab Grown Diamonds
Lab-grown diamonds are diamonds that are created in a laboratory rather than being formed naturally in the Earth's crust. Using advanced techniques, these diamonds are grown under controlled conditions that replicate the natural process of diamond formation.
Yes! Lab-grown diamonds possess an identical chemical composition to natural diamonds, as they are both composed entirely of carbon. Their optical characteristics are also indistinguishable to the unaided eye. The primary distinction lies in their creation process. Lab-grown diamonds are cultivated within controlled laboratory settings, simulating the natural conditions found deep within the Earth. Through this meticulous replication, they exhibit comparable chemical and optical properties to their naturally-formed counterparts.
Yes! As lab grown diamonds possess the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds they do pass diamond testers. Diamond testers work based on thermal conductivity, and both lab-grown and natural diamonds have high thermal conductivity due to their carbon composition.
We exclusively deal with certified lab-grown diamonds. Due to their visual similarity to natural diamonds, distinguishing lab-grown diamonds from their natural counterparts is impossible without specialized equipment and materials. To ensure transparency, all of our lab-grown diamonds we offer are certified by the GIA or IGI and laser inscribed with the inscription "LG'' and a unique identification number.
With proper tools and paperwork, yes. Jewelry professionals have access to specialized equipment that allows them to differentiate lab-grown diamonds from natural diamonds. However, for consumers, the crucial aspect lies in the certification provided for the diamond (we exclusively deal with certified lab-grown diamonds). The certification clearly indicates whether the diamond is lab-grown. Additionally, to further enhance transparency, the lab-grown diamonds we offer are laser inscribed with the inscription "LG." This permanent marking serves as a visual confirmation of the diamond's origin and ensures clarity for our customers.
At Buchroeders Jewelers in Columbia, Missouri, we sell lab-grown diamonds. Our store offers a range of lab-grown diamonds for customers to choose from. If you're interested in purchasing lab-grown diamonds, we invite you to visit our store and explore our selection. Our team will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect lab-grown diamond that meets your needs.
The production process of lab-grown diamonds ensures a constant supply, which introduces some uncertainty regarding their long-term value. In contrast, the pricing of natural diamonds is influenced by their exceptional attributes and limited availability. With centuries of pricing history and a finite supply, natural diamonds possess a higher level of rarity, contributing to their ability to retain value over time.
Natural diamonds boast an extensive pricing history spanning hundreds of years and possess a limited supply, rendering them rarer and more capable of retaining value over time. Conversely, the continuous production of lab-grown diamonds introduces greater uncertainty concerning their long-term value. The abundance of lab-grown diamonds results in lower costs compared to natural diamonds, but this comes at the expense of pricing stability, thus diminishing certainty regarding their future value. If you anticipate the possibility of trading in or upgrading your diamond ring in the future, we recommend opting for a mined diamond. However, if your primary goal is acquiring the largest diamond possible within your budget, a lab-grown diamond can be an excellent choice.
If environmental impact is of utmost importance to you, it is worth noting that many lab-growing processes do result in a carbon footprint. However, we do have the ability to source lab-grown diamonds created through a carbon-neutral process, although the available options may be quite limited. This consideration partly explains our enthusiasm for working with antique diamonds, as it offers a luxurious means of recycling. By choosing antique diamonds, you can contribute to sustainability efforts and embrace a more eco-conscious approach to jewelry.
Yes. Lab-grown diamonds are equally as durable as natural diamonds. Both lab-grown and natural diamonds are composed of pure carbon, giving them exceptional hardness and durability. They score a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making them the hardest known substance. Lab-grown diamonds are created under controlled conditions that replicate the natural diamond formation process, resulting in diamonds with identical physical properties. As a result, lab-grown diamonds exhibit the same level of durability and are suitable for everyday wear, just like their natural counterparts.