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Lab Grown Diamonds

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Are lab grown diamonds REAL diamonds?

Yes.  Basically, humans have found a way to speed up nature.  Lab grown diamonds are cut and polished with the same equipment and by the same experienced stone cutters as mined diamonds.  Lab grown diamonds have the same durability and lasting beauty as mined diamonds.


Will I be able to tell if it’s a lab grown diamond?

No.  We repeat.  These are real diamonds.  Lab grown diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds.  Lab grown and mined diamonds are different from “diamond simulants” like cubic zirconia (CZ) and moissanite which do not share the same properties as diamonds.


I’m really into science.  Tell me more.

Lab grown diamonds are created using two methods: High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).  Either process creates a diamond made of carbon atoms in a cubic crystalline structure just like mined diamonds.  Mined and lab grown diamonds also share the same refractive index, dispersion, hardness, and density.      


What’s the value of lab grown diamonds compared to mined “traditional” diamonds?  Will the lab grown diamonds hold their value?

At the moment lab grown diamonds run 20-40% less than mined diamonds.  Supply and demand of the market will dictate what happens to the value of both lab grown and mined diamonds down the line.


Are lab grown diamonds certified?

The lab grown diamonds above .30ct that Doland Jewelers carries have a grading report from independent gemological institutes.  These diamonds also have a laser inscription on the girdle of the diamond that corresponds with that grading report.  We hold our lab grown diamonds to the same grading standards as our mined diamonds.


Are lab grown diamonds better for the environment?

Lab grown diamonds are widely marketed as environmentally friendly.  Truthfully, we don’t know how much energy is expended to create lab grown diamonds, so we will continue to avoid proclaiming them as such until we definitively know more.


Lab grown v mined diamonds.  Which one should I choose?

Ultimately we believe you should pick the prettiest diamond.  Which diamond, lab grown or mined, will you enjoy wearing for years to come?  There is no right or wrong choice here.  We do think you should come to our store and compare your options.  We want you to find the perfect diamond and we’re more than willing to offer guidance.

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