Lab created diamonds are quickly on the up rise in the jewellery world and are ever growing in popularity amongst budget savvy newlyweds who are also seeking an ethical and sustainable option. If you would like to know more or are simply curious about the idea of lab diamonds then continue reading to discover the top reasons why lab grown diamonds should be on your ring wish list.
How are lab diamonds grown?
Before we start, you might be completely clueless as to what a lab diamond is or you might just want to widen your existing knowledge. The team from Lily Arkwright are here today to run through 5 reasons you should be considering a lab diamond for your engagement ring.
Without getting too scientific, there are two main methods used in the production of lab grown diamonds, both of which replicate the natural diamond creation process:
HPHT – HPHT which stands for High Pressure High Temperature and like the name suggests, the HPHT process recreates the natural environment that is found deep within the earth’s crust and mantle but results in a lab diamond forming within a matter of weeks, rather than an average of 150 million years!
CVD – The other type of diamond creation process is called CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) which is a more modern technique whereby diamonds are grown from a hydrocarbon gas mixture. Through ionisation, plasma is formed resulting in carbon and a
new diamond then, heat treatments can then be used to enhance the diamond’s colour if required.
At Lily Arkwright they sell both CVD and HPHT diamonds as both methods equally produce exceptional results of high quality lab grown diamonds. The Diamond Foundry has a great video that explains the production process of lab grown diamonds:
Lab diamonds are ethical & sustainable
Have you ever considered where your jewellery has been sourced from? Most of the time the supply chain of mined diamonds tends to be inaccessible which allows room for potential exploitation of ecosystems and local communities. Lab grown engagement rings eliminates the whole mining process and whilst not all mined diamonds are exploitive to environments and communities, opting for a lab grown diamond, dispels any concerns that might be associated with diamond mining. Which is another reason for growth in popularity of lab created diamond engagement rings.
Lab diamonds are real diamonds!
There are no chemical, physical or visual differences between lab diamonds and mined diamonds, therefore the quality is still an exceptional standard of UK fine jewellery. Lab and mined diamonds share the exact same score of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which is a measurement of the scratch resistance of minerals. This is because lab and mined diamonds share the same chemical compositions and the differences cannot be seen by the naked eye. You can be sure to receive the same fire and brilliance displayed in the finest of naturally mined diamonds.
Lab diamonds are affordable
Lab diamonds are amazingly affordable! The price difference between lab diamonds and mined diamonds varies depending on size of the stone and ring but generally, lab grown diamonds can cost up to 30% less than mined diamond rings. If you are budget conscious or simply want a beautiful bigger ring for your money, lab diamonds are an amazing choice if you are looking for an alternative ring.
Want to learn more about lab diamonds?
If you are interested in booking a consultation or would simply like to learn out more about lab grown diamond, coloured gemstones or moissanite engagement rings or Lily Arkwrights lab grown collections, please call them on 0161 537 6773, alternatively you can email the jewellery consultancy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.