There are two primary types of diamonds that can be purchased on the market today – these include natural diamonds and diamonds that were grown in a laboratory, often called “lab created diamonds”. While these diamonds may look very much alike in appearance, there are some vital differences between the two that make it obvious to opt for a natural diamond whenever the opportunity arises. One particular factor that causes people often to buy lab created diamonds is the fact that companies tend to promote these as being cheaper than natural diamonds but, in reality, they aren’t. In this article, we’ll take a look at the difference in how these diamonds are created (or formed). We will also discuss why it is a better option to go with a natural diamond instead of a lab created one.
Differences In Formation
There is a myth that diamonds are really pieces of coal. If you have ever tried to learn more about how diamonds are formed in the earth, then you have probably read something about this as well. The truth, however, is that diamonds are not pieces of coal. They are, however, made of the same chemical that coal is made of – which is carbon. Carbon can be found in three primary forms, including graphite, coal and, of course, a diamond. Diamonds form within the upper mantle of the earth and can only form when temperatures in the particular location reaches 1000 degrees Celsius or more. High pressure is another vital requirement for the formation of diamonds. It is estimated that diamonds can only form at around 150 kilometers below the crust of the earth. As volcanoes erupt, diamonds are pushed to the surface of the earth and then, eventually, found by miners.
Now let’s consider how a lab created diamond is made. If you have done some research on this, you might’ve also seen some guides that explain how “synthetic diamonds” are made – this is just another word for a lab created diamond. Brilliant Earth explains that it usually takes around six steps to grow such a diamond. First, up to 30 diamond seeds are placed in a device called a “Diamond growth chamber”. Thereafter, superheated gases, reaching temperatures of up to 1200 degrees Celsius, is created within this chamber. While in the device, hydrogen and methane gases, which are part of the superheated gases, attaches to the diamond seeds that were originally placed in the device. At the right moment, the scientists that are growing the diamonds will remove them. Finally, the diamond is sent to be cut, polished and then, of course, sold.
While there are some benefits to buying a lab created diamond over a natural one, it is important to consider the drawbacks as well. Lab created diamonds often tend to look very similar, while diamonds that are extracted from their natural origin often possess their own unique characteristics. Thus, if you do decide to go with a lab created diamond, you may not have a diamond with the same level of “personality” as a diamond that came from a natural origin.
Jewelers often promote lab created diamonds as a cheaper alternative to the ones that was formed in a natural environment, but this fact isn’t really true. Here we discussed the differences in formation of lab created and naturally created diamonds, and we focused on some price comparisons to see how they truly defer in price. We always recommend choosing natural diamonds as a first option as this will give you a higher-quality stone that is durable and worth the money.