Natural Diamonds vs Lab-Grown Diamonds - How To Tell The Difference
Diamonds always have been, and probably always will be a girl’s best friend. We’ve outlined some great ideas on how to ensure your expectations of diamond rings meet the reality (LINK), knowing how to spot the difference between a mined and lab-grown diamond is more than just a party trick!
Lab-grown or synthetic diamonds is often described as a complete copy of a natural diamond, since the same methods and procedures are used to recreate the synthetic diamond. A synthetic diamond contains the same crystal lattice structure as a natural diamond - the only remarkable difference between the two is that natural diamonds are actually more than 3.3 billion years old, making the gemstone extremely special and one of a kind, whereas the average time it takes to synthetically “grow” a diamond can be as short as two weeks.
Since diamond mining became a bit of a taboo some years back, synthetic diamond mining has picked up where it left off. The two are not entirely comparable, but this is an option for those looking to save without compromising on aesthetic, as well as those who have chosen to distance themselves from naturally mined diamonds.
What Is The Difference Between A Real Diamond And Lab-Grown Diamond?
The difference between a real diamond and a synthetic diamond is that a real diamond is unique and rare, formed one hundreds of kilometre’s below earth's surface up to three billion years ago. Real diamonds undergo extraordinary environmental circumstances—making their way towards the earth's surface through volcanic eruptions. Quite simply, they are miracles of nature. Gorgeous, shiny miracles of nature.
Synthetic diamonds are stones that mimic the optical and chemical properties of real diamonds, however, they are not formed through natural occurrences—rather they are artificially mass-produced in a commercial microwave in a factory in a matter of weeks.
Synthetic Diamond Price vs Natural Diamond Price
Depending ona few factors, a synthetic diamond can cost up to 40% less than a natural diamond. The price might differ if a lab-grown diamond is D-F in colour. In this case, even though the diamond is man-made, it is still rare and could be just as expensive as an earth mined diamond.
Natural Diamond vs Lab Grown Diamond – Can You Tell The Difference?
In order to identify a natural diamond from a synthetic diamond, you need to use specialised equipment. The nature of inclusions in a natural diamond differs from the types of inclusions found in a synthetic diamond. Not all inclusions are easily visible through the naked eye or by using a loupe. The best way to find out if the diamond is natural or synthetic is to ask the jeweller for a grading report.