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What are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are an ethical alternative to mined diamonds. They are created using cutting-edge technology in laboratories, using the same principles that natural diamonds require to be formed - heat, pressure, and carbon. Lab grown diamonds take just weeks to be created, but they mimic every aspect of a natural diamond visually and chemically.

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How much does a lab diamond cost?

Lab grown diamonds are significantly more affordable than their mined counterparts. For example, a round 1.00CT D VS1 lab diamond currently costs just $1,089, which is around 75% less than the cost of a natural diamond. This is why more and more consumers are choosing lab grown diamonds. Another example is a round 2.00CT E VS1 lab diamond, which costs just $2,816. To browse thousands of diamonds that we have available locally in Australia, please visit our "select a diamond page".

Are lab diamonds better than mined diamonds?

Since the introduction of man made diamonds to the market, it has become clear that they are superior to mined diamonds in every aspect. For one, consumers can save on average 75% while still receiving a product of the same quality. Additionally, due to cutting-edge technological advances, lab grown diamonds do not have the conventional problems that are often associated with mined diamonds. For more detailed information, please refer to our article "why lab grown diamonds are better than mined diamonds",, written by our expert gemmologists.

What makes buying a lab diamond from
Novita Diamonds so special?

Novita Diamonds has become the largest retailer of lab grown diamonds , founded in Australia by Iris Arnold, a visionary who recognised a rare opportunity to effect real change in the diamond industry. Her pioneering efforts were instrumental in the company's global expansion, which now includes more than eight countries on four continents and is still growing. Arnold's ongoing mission to empower women worldwide has resulted in an impressive accomplishment: 85% of Novita's workforce are women. By choosing to purchase a lab grown diamond from Novita Diamonds, you can contribute to ongoing efforts to empower women and protect ecosystems, while also supporting the fight against blood diamonds. Furthermore, you can save money that would otherwise be spent on mining, which can have a devastating impact on our planet and the livelihoods of countless people.

Visit our blog to learn more about ethical diamonds and the true cost of blood diamonds to our world.

Why Buy a lab grown Diamond from Novita Diamonds?

At Novita Diamonds, we're proud to be the authority on lab grown diamonds. Our global team of specialised gemmologists puts us at the forefront of the lab diamond industry. With decades of combined experience in the diamond industry and a team of highly rated jewellery designers, we provide unparalleled expertise and service to our clients. Whether you're looking for an eco-friendly ethical diamond, alternative to natural diamonds or simply seeking a high-quality diamond at a more affordable price point, our lab grown diamonds are an excellent choice. Contact us today to learn more about our selection and how we can help you find the perfect diamond for your needs.

How to choose the perfect lab diamond?

Novita Diamonds has helped thousands of satisfied customers purchase their dream lab grown diamonds. We can assist you with this process through our state-of-the-art user-friendly website or by visiting one of our specialised locations.

To easily navigate our website, we recommend starting with our "Start With A Diamond" page. Here, you will find a tab called "Available in Showroom," which features a selection of the best hand-picked lab grown diamonds. Our list of diamonds is carefully curated and constantly updated by our experienced team of local gemologists, who have already done the heavy lifting of sifting through thousands of diamonds to select the best options for you. For more information, watch our "Available in Showroom" video.

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Why should I get a lab grown diamond?

These are the top three reasons why so many people are choosing lab diamonds over mined diamonds:
AFFORDABILITY - For the first time ever, lab made diamonds allow you to have the diamond ring of your dreams without breaking the bank. The price is significantly lower than mined diamonds, making it a more accessible option for those on a budget.

IDENTICAL IN APPEARANCE AND CHEMICAL MAKEUP - Lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds are identical not just in appearance, but also in their physical, chemical, and optical properties. You can be confident that you are getting a diamond that is just as beautiful and durable as a mined diamond. Check our section lab grown VS mined diamonds to discover more about this.

CONFLICT-FREE AND ETHICAL DIAMONDS - All of our man made diamonds are ethically made and 100% conflict-free. They are eco- conscious and sustainable, making them the only truly ethical diamonds in the market. You can feel good about your purchase knowing that it was made with integrity and without harming the environment or people.

What do I need to know when buying a lab diamond?

It’s important to understand that lab diamonds are not the same as diamond simulants. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diamond imitations, and it's essential to be aware of them. Some of these companies use clever marketing tactics and give their products names such as "synthetic diamonds", "artificial diamonds", "moissanite", "cubic zirconia", "crystals", and "diamond simulants" to make them sound like lab made diamonds. However, these products are not real diamonds, and it’s crucial to be cautious when shopping for an engagement ring. Take the time to read reviews and make sure you are purchasing a genuine lab created diamond, as an engagement ring is a significant investment and deserves the utmost care and consideration.

Lab made diamonds are also known by the following alternatives which have the same meaning; Manufactured Diamonds, cultured diamonds, above earth diamonds, mine-free diamonds, ethical diamonds, CVD diamonds, HPHT diamonds.

Lastly, Novita’s online and physical jewellery stores also specialise in both CVD and HPHT diamonds, lab grown diamonds Australia, GIA lab made diamonds, IGI lab grown diamond rings, diamond earrings, diamond wedding bands, diamond wedding rings, custom made wedding rings, women’s wedding rings, men’s wedding rings, lab created diamonds Australia, diamond earrings, diamond studs, diamond tennis bracelets, bespoke engagement ring, diamond necklaces, diamond pendants, proposal ring, unique engagement rings, designer engagement rings, diamond earrings, handmade engagement rings and lab diamonds Australia

How to purchase a lab grown diamond ring?

You don't need to worry about curating and classifying lab diamonds because our gemmologists handle all the work for you! You can purchase them by visiting any of our showrooms located in key cities throughout the world, or you can use our state-of-the-art, user-friendly platform which makes finding the perfect lab grown diamond engagement ring easy and enjoyable. Simply select the shape, size, or any other desired parameters, and you will see a list of all available lab created diamonds and our international stock. Next, you will be asked to choose a stunning ring setting from our ever-growing selection, but you may also choose to buy just the diamond without the ring. Finally, we would like to remind you that all customers can take advantage of our 20% deposit. For more details, please watch our "20% deposit video available."

Why a lab diamond would never change colour?

our that lab created diamonds change colour over time is false. It was a fabrication spread by the diamond mining industry. This false claim was debunked when the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) began certifying lab grown diamonds, joining the International Gemmological Institute (IGI) in doing so. This means that the two largest gemmological authorities in the world would not certify any stone that might change in appearance over time. For an in-depth report, our expert gemmologists have written an excellent article called "lab grown diamonds are forever".

Lab diamonds vs Moissanites - What are the differences?

Moissanites cannot be compared to diamonds and do not come close to resembling them. Firstly, moissanites cannot be created in true white colors. Secondly, they have a rainbow-like sparkle that makes them look like costume jewelry. Thirdly, all moissanites have double refraction, which makes them look unusual to the eye no matter how they are cut or polished. For a comprehensive comparison between diamonds and moissanites, please refer to our blog post, ""Diamonds VS Moissanites: the Truths and the Lies", where we discuss all the main differences between the two.

Can I use a Moissanite tester to test lab diamonds?

No. You cannot use a moissanite tester to test for the presence of moissanites because these testers are only designed to detect the presence of boron. Boron is used in the manufacturing of moissanites as well as in the process of creating lab grown diamonds. As a result, using a moissanite tester to test a lab grown diamond will produce a false reading.

IGI vs GIA in lab grown diamonds- What are the differences?

Both GIA and IGI are reputable laboratories, but our gemmologists recommend IGI for those looking to purchase lab grown diamonds. IGI was an early adopter and has since become the leading authority in diamond certifications. As a result, there is a wider range of lab grown diamonds to choose from with IGI, and their prices are generally better than GIA's. Another important factor to consider is that GIA does not provide printed hard copy certificates, whereas IGI provides both printed and online certificates. For a full comparison check our blog GIA vs IGI diamonds written by our top gemmologist Jennifer Brown.

Are lab diamonds ethical?

Lab grown diamonds are currently the only truly ethical option available on the market. Prior to their introduction, consumers had no choice but to purchase mined diamonds, which are notorious for causing environmental damage and for their association with conflict or blood diamonds. With lab grown diamonds, there is no need for mining and no risk of purchasing a conflict diamond. To learn more about this topic, we invite you to visit our educational page on "why lab grown diamonds" or check out our blog post, "is the diamond Kimberley process a flop?" Our blog offer valuable insights into the diamond industry that you won't find anywhere else. At Novita Diamonds, we always strive to provide you with the most up-to-date information and insights.

In Summary

When seeking to purchase a lab grown diamond, it is best to go with an experienced company like Novita Diamonds. With a global team of specialised top gemmologists and expert jewellery designers. Novita Diamonds is well-equipped to assist you in finding the perfect lab grown diamond. Most importantly, Novita Diamonds has stock on hand of over 4,200 lab diamonds globally making it the largest retailer in the world. With locations in all key countries and major cities. "Contact us" today to start your search for the ideal lab grown diamond.

Best regards,
Iris Arnold
CEO and Founder


• Can I save 75% by getting a lab grown diamond?

Yes! A lab grown diamond is, on average, 75% cheaper than a mined diamond with the same qualities. The price difference is a result of mining a diamond from the ground is much higher than the cost of growing one in a lab. When diamonds are in rough form, both mined and lab are cut, polished, graded, certified, and transported in exactly the same manner, so the difference in price between them is purely due to the respective rough diamonds' production cost and not processing.

• Should I deal with a lab diamond specialist company?

In a nutshell, yes. The best way to find the best deal is from an operator who only sells lab grown diamonds in Australia. A specialized company will always be able to provide a higher level of service and product. It is always beneficial to deal directly with a specialist if one is interested in learning more or purchasing one.

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• Are lab grown diamonds real?

There is no doubt that they are real diamonds. They are created using the same chemical and physical processes that happen naturally inside the earth but are grown in a controlled laboratory environment where a starter seed of diamond crystal gradually becomes bigger as more and more carbon atoms are deposited on it. Scientifically, lab made diamonds are exactly the same as natural diamonds chemically, physically, and optically. They are therefore considered to be real diamonds. The two leading authorities on diamonds, coloured stones, and pearls, IGI and GIA, both grade lab grown diamonds using the same scale and methodologies used on mined diamonds. If you would like more information, please visit our about lab diamonds page.

• How much cheaper are lab diamonds?

Diamonds grown in laboratories always cost significantly less than diamonds mined from the earth. The exact price difference will depend on various factors such as the size, quality, and specific type of diamond, but on average, man made diamonds in Australia are around 75% cheaper than natural diamonds. This is because the cost of producing rough lab grown diamonds is much lower than the cost of mining and extracting rough natural diamonds from the earth. In contrast, to become retail-ready, a rough diamond must go through all the same processes, including cutting, polishing, and certification, whether it comes from a mine or a lab. For example, on the massive savings you can take advantage of, a mined diamond costs $10,000, while an equivalent lab diamond costs $2,500.

• Do lab diamonds test as diamonds?

There is no difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds; the same methods are used to test both diamonds as they are for natural diamonds. Both stones are chemically, physically, and optically identical, so they will exhibit the same properties and characteristics when tested. Among these are hardness, refractive index, thermal conductivity, and other unique characteristics of diamonds, whether they are mined or man made.

• Do man made diamonds have inclusions?

Inclusions are also present in most lab grown diamonds, just as they are in natural diamonds. Inclusions are natural imperfections that are found within diamonds, and they can occur in both lab and natural diamonds. Inclusions can take many forms, such as tiny bubbles or carbon deposits trapped inside the diamond as it formed. Just like natural diamonds, most diamonds created in labs have flaws, and only very few become flawless. For more information about diamond clarity, check out our 4Cs guide.

• Can I insure lab grown diamond rings?

You can insure lab grown diamond rings easily; lab diamonds in Australia are treated like mined diamonds, so they can be insured the same as mined diamonds. You can purchase insurance through your specialized jewellery insurance policy. Your insurance policy will typically cover the cost of replacing or repairing your ring if it is lost, stolen, or damaged. Understand what is covered and what is not by your insurance policy by reading its terms carefully.


• Do lab grown diamonds help save the environment?

With the introduction of new and reliable methods to grow diamonds in laboratories, mining the land is no longer the only method available for obtaining rough diamonds, thereby forever changing the diamond industry. Diamond mining always destroys the land, disrupts ecosystems, and wastes a lot of water and energy. On the other hand, because they are grown in a controlled laboratory environment, they do not require the mining and extraction of natural resources and have no environmental impact. A complete stop to diamond mining is necessary for the planet to heal, and lab grown diamonds, being the only realistic alternative, can help achieve that. If you would like to learn more about this, please visit our section on ethical diamonds and eco friendly diamonds.

• Can lab diamonds eliminate blood diamonds?

Diamonds grown in laboratories do not cause conflict or human rights violations, unlike diamonds mined from the earth, also known as 'Blood Diamonds'. The introduction of lab grown diamonds to the global diamond market has become the only way to combat blood diamonds. This will not be an easy process; experts say it could take decades, but it marks an important step toward a sustainable diamond industry. Novita Diamond's top gemmologist discusses blood diamonds in more detail in our blog.

• Are lab grown diamonds mostly cut to perfection?

When diamonds are mined from the ground, they come in random shapes and sizes, which often force cutters to sacrifice quality for carats. Remember that carats are the #1 factor determining diamond prices. Unlike mined diamonds, lab grown diamonds can be made in sufficient sizes for cutters to work with, allowing them to create much better-proportioned diamonds. You can learn more about a diamond cut here.

• Why there is not a monopoly or price manipulation on lab diamonds?

No, that's not true. As has been proven in court many times, natural diamond prices have been manipulated throughout history due to the monopoly held by De Beers. In contrast, lab grown diamonds in Australia or the world do not suffer from price manipulations or belong to large monopolies. Consequently, lab diamonds are fairly priced and valued on a global scale. Find out more about the monopoly of mined diamonds and how it changed diamonds forever.


• Why not all retailers deal with lab grown diamonds?

The market adoption of lab grown diamonds in Australia and other countries has been relatively slow; the mining industry's resistance has been in full swing ever since lab made diamonds were introduced. This is normal for any industry that is being disrupted. The majority of large high-end brands do not currently offer lab created diamonds, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.

• Why GIA does not provide printed certificates for lab diamonds?

In the case of lab created diamonds, GIA only provides electronic certificates. This is done to attempt to downgrade lab diamonds in consumers' eyes. Because of politics, GIA was late in entering the lab created diamond market; the mistake cost them dearly and left them forever in second place. Instead, IGI became the undisputed global leader in certifying lab diamonds. Check out the full story for more details GIA VS IGI.

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