Natural diamonds are formed 90-120km below the earth, through natural geological processes, undergoing extreme high heat and temperature, in the presence of pure carbon undergoes over billions of years. This happens within Earth’s mantle.
Lab-created diamonds are created in sophisticated laboratory conditions that are highly controlled. It attempts to replicate the natural growing environment within the Earth Mantle that has high pressure and high temperature.
High pressure, high temperature (HPHT) diamonds are produced in a laboratory by recreating the high pressure, high temperature conditions. It is the similar condition that form natural diamonds in the Earth. This process produces a uniquely shaped laboratory-grown diamond crystal.
However, due to the vastly different conditions of natural and labgrown creation, there are several features of labgrown diamonds, like its Growth Morphology, which allow advanced gemologists with professional equipment to distinguish them from natural diamonds.
On the other hand, cubic zirconia, YAG, GGG, moissanite, plastic or glass —which can look like diamonds—have hugely different chemical and physical properties and are known as simulant diamonds.
“Lab diamonds cost about 30%-50% less than natural diamonds of similar carat size, cut and clarity grading,” said Chris Quizon, Business Development Manager of BA.sg
There are more and more people who opt for labgrown diamonds, not just because of its potentially better value, but also because it is environmentally responsible, eco-friendly, it is about sustainability, whereas the traditional diamond shoppers prefer natural diamonds for its organicity.
We will include this table to present an analogy of comparison between Natural diamonds, Labgrown/Synthetic diamonds, Simulant diamonds (like Cubic Zirconia), and Gemstones (like colourless topaz).
We hope after reading this and analysing the table, you’ll have the confidence that your choice of stone for your engagement or proposal ring will last a lifetime of happily-ever-after.
Protect our earth for our children. Labgrown diamonds are precious, they are ecologically responsible. BA.SG is a youthful spinoff brand of eClarity, the award-winning Singaporean jeweller. Check out BA.SG diamonds at www.ba.sg, register for webinars by Gemologist ba.sg/register-for-webinars, or schedule for an appointment (65) 9233-7218.