Lab Grown Diamond Facts

What are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds. They share the exact same chemical, optical, and physical properties, the only difference is the origin. Thanks to science, lab grown diamonds are an ethical and more attainable option for your fine jewelry.

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Lab Grown Diamond FAQs

How are lab grown diamonds made?
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In the mid-20th century, scientists discovered a way to duplicate the natural conditions that occur in the earth to form diamonds. Above ground diamonds start as a carbon seed and heat and pressure are applied through Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) or High-Pressure High-Temperature (HPHT) growing methods. During this process the seed grows to form pieces of carbon that are then cut and polished into gems. Since lab diamonds are grown in a completely controlled environment, there is no dirt or other minerals to diminish the quality or purity. With guaranteed origins and by moving zero amount of earth - lab grown diamonds are a revolutionary conflict-free alternatives to mined diamonds.

How much do lab grown diamonds typically cost?
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Lab grown diamonds are approximately 30% less expensive than mined diamonds! This means you can get higher quality gems, at a lower price.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Mined Diamonds
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The real difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds is where and how the gems are formed. Traditional mined diamonds are formed at the center of the earth over millions of years and require an enormous amount of dirt/earth be removed to retrieve them. Lab grown diamonds are formed in a controlled environment, move zero amount of earth, and can be produced in a matter of weeks or months, not years. Since lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds share the same chemical, optical, and physical properties, they are both available in a variety of sizes and all sorts of quality grades. Diamonds are typically graded on the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) standard scale for color and clarity. Both lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds can range in color from D to Z, with the latter having a very saturated yellow hue. Similarly, both types of diamonds are graded in the same way for clarity, which ranges from flawless to included. This is determined by the number of inclusions within the gem.

Where is the best place to buy lab grown diamonds online?
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The diamond buying process can be overwhelming and daunting. The quality of the diamond dictates the price, but many people don’t know how to determine the best value for their budget. Charles & Colvard has eliminated the complexity of diamond shopping. Our exclusive Caydia® lab grown diamonds are only available in the highest color and clarity grades on the market. When buying a Caydia lab grown diamond, you can be confident that you’re getting a top-quality gem that will last a lifetime.