For any consumer, whether you are on your road to propose to the partner of your dreams, or you want to celebrate and express your feelings through an extravagant gift, it is not only instinctive to ask whether a lab grown diamond is a real diamond but it is also practical.
The smart and modern consumer would make sure to get his money’s worth and vie for the authentic if not the most expensive diamond.
But a diamond is a diamond. It cannot be anything else. In this light, a professional gemologist would rather ask, how a diamond in question is made. In terms of chemical composition, all diamonds, whether natural or lab grown, are identical in chemical properties and physical or optical qualities. Even a diamond expert will not easily spot the difference between the two. The sparkle, color, clarity, hardness and aesthetic are the same. Even the trained eye needs a special equipment or laboratory to differentiate natural diamonds from lab grown diamonds.
In terms of chemical composition, both natural and lab grown diamonds are made of carbon. They are formed through high temperature and pressure. Through these conditions, the carbon atoms form an isometric cube held together by covalent bonds. This results in a durable stone that can complement the perfect jewelry piece when cut and polished to present a gem of brilliant quality and crystal structure.
Only, a natural diamond is formed deep beneath the Earth’s surface while a man-made or synthetic diamond is formed in a laboratory. Still, both are true diamonds and as real as they can get. One can even argue that a lab grown or man-made diamond is more pure since natural diamonds tend to have inclusions such as slight traces of nitrogen (giving a yellow hint to the stone) or more uncommonly, boron (giving a bluish hue).
Nonetheless, natural diamonds are still more expensive considering they take a considerable amount of time and effort to be obtained. Natural diamonds are brought to the earth’s surface through volcanic eruption and are either mined through a pit or underground. On the other hand, diamonds carried by erosion can be dug or sifted in bodies of water such as rivers, streams and the ocean. Literally, natural diamonds are hidden or buried treasures combed and scoured to the depths.
Though lab grown diamonds are less expensive it does not make them less of a diamond. More importantly, they are environmentally friendly and safe to procure making them a viable option in selecting your piece of accessory, engagement or wedding ring.
Diamond simulants or imitations can also be considered for a more affordable option however they are not real diamonds. Moissanite, zircon, cubic zirconia and white sapphire are some of the other alternatives. They may be more lustrous, but their composition and durability varies greatly compared to a real diamond.
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