Lab diamonds are 100% real diamonds! They possess identical chemical, optical and physical properties to mined diamonds, making them the perfect alternative to naturally mined diamonds. As the name suggests, lab diamond engagement rings are quite literally grown in a lab, by imitating the high temperatures and extreme pressure conditions it takes for mined diamonds to form below the Earth’s crust. Lab diamond rings, displaying the same fire, sparkle and brilliance as natural diamonds, making it impossible to distinguish between the two.
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You might be familiar with lab-grown gems or completely clueless but look no further, as we have the lab-grown jewellery experts at Lily Arkwright here to give an easy run through on why you should consider opting for a lab-grown diamond ring for yourself or your partner.
Lab diamonds are ethical & sustainable
The process of growing diamonds in a lab ensures the highest quality gemstone for your engagement ring with peace of mind knowing no community has been harmed during production as the mining process is eliminated. When growing diamonds in a lab you are also opting for a product with a significantly lower lower carbon footprint as there has been no mining into the planet or damage to local ecosystems. The ethical and sustainable credentials of lab diamonds is a significant factor to the rapid growth in lab-grown gemstone jewellery as consumers are increasingly becoming conscious of the sourcing of their products.
Lab diamonds have celebrity endorsements
The rising popularity of lab grown diamonds is majorly favoured amongst many celebrities on the red carpet and amongst royals. Environmentalist and celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio came out as an investor in the diamond foundry, during the early days of when lab diamond jewellery was beginning to be made widely accessible to the general public. Whilst other celebrity supporters include Meghan Markle and Emma Watson, who have been seen appreciating these lab grown jewels.
They are budget friendly
Lab grown diamonds are more affordable than mined diamonds with lower environmental impacts yet just as luxurious, dazzling and durable. In fact, lab diamonds cost around 30% less than their mined diamond counterparts. The reason for the reduction in price is due to a smaller production chain and timescale, less people are involved in the production of lab diamonds. Therefore, lab diamond engagement rings are perfect for those who desire a real diamond with the same fire and sparkle but without that financial cost associated with mined diamonds.
Lab diamonds are durable
It is a known fact that diamonds are the hardest mineral on the planet, making them the perfect gemstone for engagement rings designed to last a lifetime. The Mohs scale of hardness is a measurement that tests the scratch resistance of a mineral. Lab diamonds share the same hardness score of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, the exact same as mined diamonds. This is because lab diamonds are diamonds and that’s why they are an amazing piece of jewellery to wear daily or for everyday engagement ring wear.
There’s no difference to the naked eye when comparing the mined diamonds and lab diamonds side by side. The only point of difference is the origin. A lab-grown diamond is produced under controlled conditions in a science laboratory, using advanced technology that replicates the natural growing process in a matter of 3 months, whilst a mined diamond can take millions of years to form. Lab grown diamonds are made up of the same carbon atoms, arranged in the same diamond crystal structures as naturally mined diamonds.
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Therefore, lab diamonds exhibit the same brilliance and sparkle as a mined diamond. Every lab diamond Lily Arkwright set is fully certified and accompanied by an industry standard GIA, IGI or GCAL grading report, including the cut, colour, clarity and carat weight specifications. Ensuring you always receive the highest quality diamonds that will last you a lifetime.
Has this made you consider a lab diamond ring?
If a lab diamond engagement ring sounds like your perfect ring choice or has simply sparked your curiosity, you can find out more information about Lily Arkwright and their lab grown collections by giving call them on: 0161 537 6773, or alternatively you can email their jewellery consultancy team at: [email protected] or book an in-person consultation.