If you are shopping for an engagement ring, wedding band, or any everyday diamonds, it can be stressful offering a certain level of uncertainty because clearly, you’re not a gemologist.

You will have numerous questions, yet need to know that the average person couldn’t tell you the slightest difference in diamonds, except for the size and the shape. One question is whether to purchase a naturally sourced diamond or purchase a lab-grown diamond.

Is there a difference between lab-grown vs natural diamonds? Yes, but how can you tell the difference? Before we dig any deeper, let’s take a look at how diamonds are formed.

How Natural Diamonds Form

A naturally sourced diamond forms deep under the earth’s surface over billions of years. The diamond itself is formed due to extreme pressure and high temperatures and is then brought to the surface through volcanic eruption and sits in a volcanic rock formation called kimberlite pipes.  Then, the diamond patiently awaits to be mined by miners.


What Do Diamonds Consists Of?

Okay, so we know how diamonds form but what is inside of a real, naturally sourced diamond? According to the FTC (federal trade commission), a diamond’s material consists of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric cubic system. Most diamonds, however, aren’t 100% pure carbon. They often consist of other materials such as nitrogen and inclusions, small pieces of foreign objects that have been cemented into the still-forming diamond, billions of years ago. That is the simplest way to explain how diamonds are formed and what materials it consists of.


Lab-Grown Diamonds Make-Up

It should be no surprise that technology has found a way to copy a natural diamond, inside a laboratory. The idea began in the ’50s and there are two methods used when making lab-grown diamonds.

The first imitates how natural diamonds are made deep underneath the earth’s crust. It uses using high pressure and temps. It is called the HTHP method. The other method is called chemical vapor deposition or CVD involves the breakdown of molecules of a carbon-rich gas, into carbon and hydrogen atoms. Then they are deposited on diamond seeds to produce a square-shaped, tabular diamond crystal and can take a month or so to make, compared to a naturally sourced diamond that took billions of years to form, deep under the earth’s surface. This fact alone, appeals to the buyer (you), because they typically find the natural process much more unique, therefore willing to spend more money on it.

The difference between naturally sourced and lab-grown diamonds

To the untrained eye, the difference is non-existent. Lab-grown diamonds are made up of the same chemicals, making it very hard to tell the difference. Lab-grown diamonds have different growth morphology which is the difference between how earth shapes the diamond versus how the lab shapes the diamond.


The difference in price and rarity

The price of a naturally sourced diamond is much higher than lab-grown diamonds. Real diamonds connect us to mother earth because of their rarity and geological origin.

Natural Diamond or Lab-Grown – Which to Buy?

If money is an issue and your bride isn’t concerned over the rarity of the diamond, then purchasing a lab-grown diamond would be no different than buying a natural. Again, the difference isn’t obvious to the naked eye or even a professional’s naked eye and it isn’t about the diamond. Actually, it was never about the diamond. It represents love and commitment.

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