WHAT'S THE DEAL??
Lab Grown Diamonds have seen a rapid increase in popularity within the last three years. Young diamond-buyers are drawn to them because of their price, transparency and for environmental reasons.
Lab Grown Diamonds offer the buyer a diamond that is chemically and physically the same as a Natural Diamond along with variations in Colour and Clarity, making each Lab Grown Diamond unique. The process by which Lab Grown Diamonds are created has improved to the extent that the diamonds produced are of high enough quality to be certified and set in to our precious Diamond Engagement rings.Lab Grown Diamond Collection
Lab-grown diamonds are created using extreme pressure and heat inside a machine rather than deep inside the Earth. There are two ways to grow a diamond. Both involve starting with the “seed” (a flat slither) of another diamond.
High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) system
The first lab diamond was made using a High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) system, where the seed is then placed with pure graphite carbon and exposed to temperatures of about 1,500C and pressurised to approximately 1.5 million pounds per square inch in a chamber.
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
More recently, another way to grow a diamond was discovered, called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). This involves putting the seed in a sealed chamber filled with carbon-rich gas and heating to around 800C. Under these conditions the gases begin to “stick” to the seed, growing a diamond carbon atom by atom.
The technology behind Lab Grown diamonds has made crucial advances in recent years, allowing companies to grow higher quality diamonds more rapidly and more cheaply. This has meant increasing competition between Lab Grown Diamond and Mined Diamond companies.
This has resulted in unclear information regarding the environmental impacts of Natural vs Lab Grown Diamonds, both process are high energy and create a large carbon footprint. Some Laboratories off set their carbon footprint becoming carbon neutral.
The process of Natural Diamond mining is visually, socially and environmentally impactful on the Earth, with an estimated 250 tonnes of earth shifted for every single carat of diamond during the mining process. There is a strong argument that Lab Grown Diamonds are the future for our beloved Diamond Engagement Ring.