The big day is approaching, and one has rehearsed the proposal over and over again. Now, the big question on one’s mind may not be will the answer be yes or no but rather whether one should buy a lab-grown diamond or a natural diamond ring. For those who didn’t know there was such a thing as lab diamonds or how they could save a person money, learn the facts here now.
What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
The experts at Gema & Co are happy to explain that lab-grown diamonds are eco-friendly, but they’re also ethically sourced and if money really matters, they’re significantly less expensive. And yet, the rings are still customizable to her style. Grown in about 2-3 months’ time, lab diamonds start from a thin piece of a diamond seed. It’s then put into a high-temperature chamber and filled with carbon-rich gases. Then, voila, the carbon bonds with the diamond seed and crystallizes.
But, Are They Real Diamonds? Will She Know the Difference?
Lab diamonds are made of the same chemicals, physically the same, and visually identical to natural, mined diamonds. The only difference between the two types of diamonds is where they came from. Even a professional jeweler would be unable to tell the difference without an extremely specialized machine. When they looked at it under that tool, the professional would see that the lab-grown diamond was lab-certified and had a laser inscription on the stone indicating “lab-grown.” And for this reason, it’s recently been announced that Blue Nile Moves into Lab-Grown Diamonds, too.
Talk About the Price Difference
Buyers can expect the lab-grown diamonds to be at least 20-30% less than that of mined diamonds of the same aspects. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see some lab-grown diamonds selling for as much as 40-50% less, especially when buying larger stones.
Will a Lab-Grown Diamond Be Assessed on the Same Scale As Mined?
As a matter of fact, according to realtimecampaign.com, lab diamonds are graded using the exact same criteria used for natural diamonds. This means that the four Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat all still count equally.
No matter what one may hear to the contrary, lab-grown diamonds ARE real diamonds. They look the same and the chemical makeup is identical. The fact that one can save so much money on them is just an added bonus. Increasingly, consumers are finding there are no disadvantages to purchasing these technological marvels. One will find instead that there are more “pros” than cons, including the elimination of mining and unethical labor practices.
Take a look at the various styles available and pick out the design one likes best. One’s not skimping on anything by choosing lab-grown diamonds for the engagement or wedding ring. One’s simply being practical and saving the money one would have spent on other, more pressing costs that come with the planning of a wedding.