Natural Diamond VS Lab-Grown Diamond

Natural Diamond VS Lab-Grown Diamond

Lab-grown Diamond (Left) and Natural Diamond (Right)

Lab-grown diamonds are a great alternative to natural ones , but from a consumer’s standpoint, of course they will suspicious of diamonds that are created artificially. So let’s see what lab-grown diamonds really are and how they compare to natural diamonds.

What is Natural Diamond?

Natural diamonds were made from carbon and is the hardest natural known substance on earth. They are created over a period of one to three billion years, around 100 miles below the earth’s crust under natural conditions of very high pressure and high temperature.

What is Lab-Grown Diamond?

Lab-grown diamonds are grown from the tiny diamond seeds in highly-controlled laboratory conditions.

Difference between Natural Diamond and Lab-grown Diamond

Natural Diamond

Lab-grown Diamond

Main

Natural diamond formed deep inside the earth, under high pressure and temperature. Required mined from the ground which has a significant impact on the environment.

Grown in Laboratory using advanced technology.
Mining free and Eco-friendly

Origin

Formed over one to three billion years ago.

It can be grown in days or weeks upon size by the following two advanced technology below:
1. High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT)
2. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
HPHT = High Pressure-High Temperature
CVD = Chemical Vapor Deposition

Carat

Large diamond relatively few and expensive

Through advanced technology can process many large diamond

Clarity and Color

Finding a natural diamond with perfect clarity and color is rare. So it is natural for diamonds to have internal flaws, which have developed in the process of formation of the stone.

Since Lab-grown diamonds are lab-created, many of these naturally occurring defects can be avoided during the production process. This is why, on average, Lab-grown diamonds have higher clarity compared with most natural diamonds.
Meanwhile color for Lab-grown diamond normally from K to D grades.

Price

Mostly depend on it’s 4C’s grading.

Lab-grown diamonds usually cost about 30-40% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality.

Main

  • Natural Diamond

Natural diamond formed deep inside the earth, under high pressure and temperature. Required mined from the ground which has a significant impact on the environment.

  • Lab-grown Diamond

Grown in Laboratory using advanced technology.
Mining free and Eco-friendly

Origin

  • Natural Diamond

Formed over one to three billion years ago.

  • Lab-grown Diamond

It can be grown in days or weeks upon size by the following two advanced technology below:
1. High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT)
2. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
HPHT = High Pressure-High Temperature
CVD = Chemical Vapor Deposition

Carat

  • Natural Diamond

Large diamond relatively few and expensive

  • Lab-grown Diamond

Through advanced technology can process many large diamond

Clarity and Color

  • Natural Diamond

Finding a natural diamond with perfect clarity and color is rare. So it is natural for diamonds to have internal flaws, which have developed in the process of formation of the stone.

  • Lab-grown Diamond

Since Lab-grown diamonds are lab-created, many of these naturally occurring defects can be avoided during the production process. This is why, on average, Lab-grown diamonds have higher clarity compared with most natural diamonds.
Meanwhile color for Lab-grown diamond normally from K to D grades.

Price

  • Natural Diamond

Mostly depend on it’s 4C’s grading.

  • Lab-grown Diamond

Lab-grown diamonds usually cost about 30-40% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality.

Note:
1. Eventhough lab-grown diamond grow in the laboratory, but they have the same chemical properties, the same physical properties.
2. Lab-grown diamond are not fake but also not a real diamond, it’s Go Green Diamond.
3. The best way to find out if the diamond is natural or Lab-grown is to ask the jeweller for a grading report.

 

Today, it is very difficult discern between natural and lab-grown diamond, but consumers don’t have to worry too much. It is because GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will launched the new Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report in coming July 2019 and the color of the report is grey. While IGI (International Gemological Institute) provide the IGI Laboratory Grown Report where using the same information as the IGI Diamond Report but the color of the report is yellow. The Lab-grown diamond’s girdle is also laser inscribed with the report number as well as the words “lab grown.” These steps are taken in the interest of clear delineation for consumers.

 

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