Facts | Lab-Grown Diamonds vs. Mined Diamonds

Facts - Lab-Grown Diamonds vs. Mined Diamonds - Soha Diamond Co.

LET'S START OFF WITH THE BASICS:

WHAT ARE DIAMONDS?

  • Diamonds are crystallized form of Carbon where the carbon atoms are closely packed into a strong tetrahedral structure, thus making it the hardest natural substance on earth.
  • Did you know that Diamonds and Graphite are both carbon, but the only difference is how much pressure and temperature the carbon was subjected to. Think about how soft graphite is, it’s so soft that you’re probably used to using it in a #2 pencil! That pressure and temperature are what makes a diamond, a diamond.
  • Thus, making a diamond is a feat of humankind. To be able to crystallize carbon and form it into such a beautiful, heirloom quality gemstone should be applauded.

SO WHAT ARE LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS?

  • They are diamonds that form above ground as a result of human innovation, technology, and ultimately, the replication of the geological environment, in terms of pressure and temperature.
  • In order to accomplish this, there are two primary methods for growing diamonds. One is called High-Pressure, High-Temperature (HPHT) and the other is known as Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).
  • Yes, Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds with chemical, physical, and optical properties identical to those found in the mined diamonds.

THIS MEANS THAT LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS ARE NOT FAKE, ARTIFICIAL, TEMPORARY, OR INFERIOR IN ANY CAPACITY.

  • Consider the following examples:
    • The difference between ice that freezes outside in the winter vs. the ice that your freezer creates. 
    • The difference between an orchid growing outside in its natural habitat vs. an orchid that grows in a greenhouse 
  • Gemological Laboratories across the world have conducted several in-depth studies and research on Lab-grown diamonds. Their findings? That lab-grown diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds. The only differences that lead to separation are specific tests and equipment that are only found in universities or diamond grading laboratories. This specialized equipment and the trained individuals who operate and interpret their results can diagnostically conclude the diamond's origin by revealing internal growth patterns identified as mined diamonds. (whether or not lab-grown or mined, but not where it geographically came from).

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