All the criticism and ethical concerns that have been levied against natural diamonds for the greater part of the century have now been resolved. With the advancement of the technology to create diamonds in the lab. Buying a piece of diamond jewelry now is not a morally and financially draining experience that it used to be. In fact, a lab-grown diamond is cheaper and often much higher quality than mined diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds. They have the same physical properties as mined diamonds, and even professionals won't be able to tell the difference. They are certainly not cubic zirconia and other diamond simulants. While these may look similar to diamonds, they are fundamentally different and are not as durable and long-lasting as real diamonds. A professional test can easily expose their chemical makeup.
Lab-grown diamonds, as the name suggests, are grown in labs from carefully arranged small diamonds called seeds placed into carbon. Advanced technology subject the seeds to extremely high pressure and temperature that mimics the natural method of diamond formation but at an exponentially accelerated pace.
The pure carbon melts and starts to form a diamond around the starter seed. It is then carefully cooled to form a pure carbon diamond, which is then cut and polished. Unlike mined diamonds, which often have impurities due to the environment in which they were formed, diamonds are created in a lab with strictly controlled processes, thus resulting in brighter and whiter diamonds but with much fewer defects than mined ones.
Besides, colored diamonds produced in labs are much more vibrant and uniform than their mined counterparts. The feat is achieved by the very precise dosing of trace chemicals, for example, yellow diamonds get their color from nitrogen while blue diamonds get their color from boron.
One would be forgiven to assume that such high-quality diamonds must have sky high prices tag to match; however, buying a lab-grown diamond jewelry can net a saving of up to 40% over a similar mined one. Thus, with the same budget, one can easily buy a larger diamond with more elaborate design and intricate metalwork.
Last but not least, the ethical concerns associated with buying mined diamonds are substantial, from the environmental costs to the child labor used to mine the diamonds. When purchasing a diamond, it is imperative to consider its past and how it got to you as a customer.
Lab-grown diamonds have none of the concerns as they are both environmentally friendly and child labor free. Mining causes massive damage to the environment and is very energy-intensive using a large number of fossil fuels. An area once mined is often and toxic and very slow to recover, if at all. Since synthetic diamonds are created in labs, no child or slave labor is used, unlike most diamonds that are mined in conflict regions in Africa in brutal conditions earning the nickname "Blood Diamonds."
Since lab-grown diamonds have such little to no environmental damage and more affordable as well, they present a compelling choice for everyone involved, including the buyer, the manufacturer, the supplier, and most importantly, the earth and its inhabitants.