A new twist on the original classic.
What is a Created Diamond?
Created diamonds are just like regular, geological diamonds, except they’re created in a flash of electricity in a lab! The chemical composition of created diamonds are the EXACT same as those found in regular diamonds, but for just a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can’t even tell the difference between a created diamond and a geological diamond! (Unless you have very expensive laboratory equipment.)
Created Diamond Manufacturing Process
The two most common ways to manufacture created diamonds are:
1. High Pressure High Temperature Process (HPHT) – This process is nearly identical to the way geological diamonds are formed in the earth. A tiny diamond crystal is put into a chamber with carbon in the form of graphite and a metal catalyst. Under enormous pressure and very high temperature, the metal catalyst dissolves the graphite and the carbon atoms bond with the tiny diamond seed and grow into a bigger diamond. The tiny diamond seed can be a geological diamond or a created diamond.
2. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVC) – In this process, a diamond seed in a form of a square is put into a reactor with a combination of gases. With the help of a microwave gun, the gases are heated until they become plasma. (A state where the atoms are separated from one another.) The free carbon atoms are then deposited onto the diamond seed, thus growing new layers of diamonds on top of the seed. Once again, the diamond seed can be geological or created.
Who manufactures created diamonds?
Only a handful of labs around the world manufacture created diamonds. These factories can only be found in the US, Singapore, Russia and China. General Electric was the first company to manufacture diamonds in a laboratory environment in the 1950s.
Where can I purchase created diamonds?
While only a handful of labs around the world can create the diamonds, more and more companies are now selling created diamonds.
Will the created diamond ever change?
No! Since the created diamond is IDENTICAL to the geological diamond, the composition will remain the same and withstand the test of time.
Will a created diamond hold its value?
The value of created diamonds go hand-in-hand with the value of geological diamonds. So, the price may fluctuate just like any other product when you consider supply and demand. Think of it in terms of the price of gold and how it has fluctuated over the years.
Will an insurance company cover my created diamond?
They’ll insure it exactly like they would for a geological diamond, so the answer is YES!
How do I clean my created diamond?
Just like you would for any other piece of jewelry. No special care needed!
Are created diamonds “fake”?
No! Since they have the same optical, chemical and physical properties as a geological diamond, they are considered REAL! They’re just made above ground instead of below.
Do created diamonds come in different colors?
Created diamonds are available in any color and clarity that you would like!
What sizes are available with created diamonds?
While the world’s largest created diamond is 10 carats, you can get them commercially up to 3 carats.
How will created diamonds be appraised?
Created diamonds are appraised just like geological diamonds!