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Natural vs Lab Grown Diamonds

What's The Difference Between Real Natural Diamonds and Lab Grown Diamonds?

The main difference between real, natural, Earth Born Diamonds™ and lab grown diamonds is how they are made. Real natural diamonds were created within the Earth millions to billions of years ago making them extremely rare and valuable. Where laboratory grown diamonds are man-made within a few weeks and massed produced, making them not rare at all, and significantly less valuable than real, natural Earth Born Diamonds™.

Even though both natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds are made of the same carbon element, diamonds have never been about their chemical composition or internal structure. What makes a real natural diamond so special is the rarity and how long it took the Earth to create something so beautiful.

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A diagram showing shape differences between natural and lab grown diamonds.

How Can You Tell The Difference? 

Some trained experts say they can visually tell the difference between lab grown and natural diamonds. Sellers are legally required to disclose if a diamond is lab grown or natural. Lab grown diamonds only take a few weeks to produce and there are slight internal structural differences, like the crystal shape and the directions of growth. Differences can be detected through specific testers. At Steven Singer Jewelers, we test every piece to insure that there are no lab grown diamond within it. We only sell real, natural, Earth Born Diamonds™.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds More Eco-Friendly? 

Lab diamonds are being advertised as a greener option. This is a common misconception. Even though they are made in a lab doesn’t mean they do not have an environmental impact. The minerals needed to make a diamond have to be mined from the earth. The process and machinery used needs massive amounts of energy and water. In addition, the majority of lab diamonds are produced in India and China where they heavily rely on coal for energy.

Are Natural Diamonds Eco-Friendly? 

The real natural diamond world is heavily monitored and regulated with a lot of environmental standards and laws in place. The socioeconomic impact has greatly benefited countries and local communities around the world through the natural diamond discovery. Additionally, the rock and other minerals removed from the earth around the diamonds are kept on site to then restore the area back to its original state when done.

Significance of Diamonds

Think about the significance of your favorite piece of diamond jewelry, or, better yet, your engagement ring. The diamond in an engagement ring represents the rarity and exclusivity of the couple’s love. In an article called ‘Synthetic Ethics’ by Martin Rapaport, there is a section that really hits home. “A man does not give an engagement ring to a woman just because it sparkles. He is giving her much more than the physical product. He is giving her his promise to be there for her, for the rest of her life”. An engagement ring becomes so much more than just a ring, it’s the symbol of the real, rare, and true, long-lasting love and investment for each other. The rare, and long-lasting qualities of natural diamonds mirror that.

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We know there's a lot of questions around lab grown diamonds and we're here to help! For any questions about lab grown or natural diamonds or anything else jewelry related, we have a team of expert jewelers at Steven Singer Jewelers that are ready to help you!  

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