Lab Diamond vs. Natural Diamond: The Differences You Need to Know

Finding the perfect engagement ring is no easy task. When searching for women’s wedding rings, there are so many different things to look for: center stone, price, style, color, comfort, the list goes on! Yet, when it comes to the engagement ring, many women have one thing on there mind:  a diamond center stone. 

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While we all know diamonds are a girl’s best friend, you'll have to figure out what type of diamond what type of diamond is right for you? You may not know it, but we offer two styles of diamonds at Rosie Ray: Lab-Grown Diamonds and Natural Diamonds

When comparing the two, how does the debate between Lab Diamond vs. Natural Diamond add up? 

What Are Lab Diamonds? 

Lab-Grown Diamonds are stones manufactured in clean, sterile lab environments. The lab conditions recreate the natural geological processes that lead to the formation of diamonds in nature. Lab diamonds are real diamonds created by reverse engineering, the natural process that leads to diamonds.

If you’re wondering whether they’re real, yes they are! And while lab grown diamonds are man-made, rather than man-mined, any difference between natural and lab grown diamonds are so slight that they even appear identical to the human eye!  

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How Are Lab Diamonds Made?

Lab Diamonds are made in two ways: by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT) processes. Let’s break those two processes down a bit!

By Vapor

CVD produced diamonds rely on a very small piece of Natural Diamond.  The Natural Diamond is placed into a sterile chamber, where it is locked into place. Once the chamber is enclosed, it is filled with carbon gas. Once the chamber is full of gas, it is heated to a proper  temperature, wherein the carbon will begin to crystallize  – in layers – on the outside of the Natural Diamond “seed.” After enough time, it will produce a square Lab Diamond crystal. Once finished, the new Lab Diamond will be cut and polished by a professional for a center stone. 

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By Pressure 

Scientists will also use HPHT to produce Lab Diamonds. This is considered to be a closer approximation to the way Natural Diamonds are formed in the Earth’s crust. Graphite is placed into a machine, which forces extreme pressure and temperature onto it. These conditions are akin to how Natural Diamonds are produced over millions of years, all within one lab session. Once finished, a Lab Diamond has been produced and is ready for cutting and polishing. 

But How Do Lab Diamonds Compare to Natural Ones? 

Now, Natural Diamonds are obviously unique, solely because they are mined right out of the earth. After growing there for millions of years, they are mined and taken to diamond specialists to be put to work – where they are cut and polished into the shapes you know and love: round, princess, pear, etc. 

Yet they’re hardly different from our lab grown Diamonds which are also cut and polished into, you guessed it, the shapes you know and love, as well!

To the naked eye, Lab and Natural Diamonds are indistinguishable from one another. Our lab grown diamonds are made to the exact same standards as Natural Diamonds, with the same durability and hardness. 

The differences are imperceptible to the everyday person. It all comes down to nitrogen. Natural Diamonds contain nitrogen, which becomes a part of them in the process of crystallizing in the earth’s core. Lab grown Diamonds contain no nitrogen. 

The important thing to remember is that there are no differences in the sparkle and brilliance between a lab diamond and a natural diamond that are detectable to anyone except a trained gemologist using a specialized microscope.

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Are Lab Diamonds Really Worth It? 

If you’re unsure whether Lab Diamonds stack up to Natural ones, have no fear. They absolutely do. Our high-quality Lab Diamonds are so similar to Natural Diamonds that you can’t tell the difference between them. 

Yet if you’re still uncertain, just know that Lab Diamonds can be up to half the price of Natural Diamonds. In many cases, depending on the carat size, lab grown diamonds can be more than half the cost of natural diamonds.  That alone is enough to fall for them. For essentially the same ring, you’re spending half the money, which you can turn around and put towards your wedding fund or pick out a lager carat for a little more bling!

Are Lab Diamonds Right for Me? 

Whether or not Lab Diamonds are right for you is up to your own personal preference. After all, the only people who will know whether it’s a lab grown Diamond are you and your spouse. Beyond that, the rest of the world will see it as a beautiful, eye-catching diamond. 

Determining which is right for you will depend on your budget and preferences. With a little research, you can find your perfect diamond engagement ring or diamond wedding band, whether it’s lab grown diamond or natural diamond.

No matter what you decide, Rosie Ray has a full collection of Natural and Lab Grown diamonds waiting for you. Whether you are looking for diamond engagement rings or women’s wedding bands or the perfect set, we have rings to match your style and budget.