Presenting a diamond jewellery to a loved one is one of the purest ways to express commitment and eternal love, hence the saying, “Diamonds are eternal”. Buying a beautiful diamond ring to commemorate an engagement has been an age-old tradition that has stood the test of time. However, the way and type of diamonds we buy are in dire need of a modern overhaul and that is where “Lab-Grown” diamonds come in. They are in every way a superior type of diamonds compared to their mined counterparts.
Before we proceed any further, it is imperative to know that Lab-created diamonds are 100% real authentic diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds, as the name suggests, are grown in labs from carefully arranged small diamonds called seeds that are placed into carbon. Advanced technology subjects the seeds to extremely high pressure and temperature that mimics the natural method of diamond formation but at an exponentially accelerated pace. They have the same chemical makeup and physical properties as mined diamonds and cannot be differentiated apart even by professionals.
Therefore, man-made diamonds created in labs are definitely NOT cubic zirconia, or any other diamond knock offs. While these imitations may look similar to diamonds, they are fundamentally different, are not as durable and long-lasting as real diamonds, and will not pass professional scrutiny.
Now on to the overwhelming advantages presented by lab-grown diamonds over conventional mined ones to the environment, the customers, and most importantly human lives.
The environmental impacts diamonds have on our earth starts even before they are taken out of the ground, they first must be mined. Regardless of the level of care taken, diamond mining will always without exception extract a heavy toll on the environment. Diamond mining will cause soil erosion, lead to deforestation, and force local populations to relocate. Natural rivers and streams are further exploited to sustain the mining operations leading to their eventual destruction. Diamond miners in the past have re-routed rivers and constructed dams to expose riverbeds for mining, with disastrous effects on fish and wildlife. In extreme cases, diamond mining can cause entire ecosystems to collapse. Not to mention most diamonds come from mines in Africa under the control of warlords and where child exploitation and slavery are rampant earning the infamous moniker “Blood Diamonds”.
In contrast, Lab-grown diamonds have none of the concerns as they are both environmentally friendly and child labour free since they are, as their name suggests, grown in highly regulated labs under the supervision of scientist and engineers. Unlike mined diamonds, which often have impurities due to the environment in which they were formed, diamonds that are created in a lab with strictly controlled processes result in brighter and whiter diamonds with almost no defects. Lab-grown diamonds even sparkle more than mined ones as the former are generally cut to get perfect cuts since there is more rough material to work with. Yet the latter are cut to get the most weight because mined diamonds can come in any shape. In addition, coloured diamonds produced in labs are much more vibrant and uniform than their mined counterparts which is achieved by the very precise dosing of trace chemicals.
Creating such superior quality diamonds without all the environmental and human costs must mean sky-high price tags for the consumer to bear, right? However, buying a lab-grown diamond jewellery can net saving of up to 70% over a similar mined one. Thus, with the same budget one can easily buy a larger diamond with more elaborate design and intricate metalwork and ultimately a proud family heirloom that can be confidently passed down the generations without losing any of its emotional and physical value.