When it comes to choosing a diamond engagement ring, the options now include lab grown diamonds, which have been gaining popularity in recent years. However, some skepticism may arise when considering a diamond that is 'synthetic' and created in a lab. Let's explore the differences between natural and lab grown diamonds to help you make an informed decision.
Lab grown diamonds are manufactured in a controlled laboratory environment using methods like Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) or High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT). These diamonds have the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds and can even receive certification from renowned institutes like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and International Gemological Institute (IGI).
Visually, lab grown diamonds are indistinguishable from natural diamonds in terms of hardness and durability. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recognizes lab grown diamonds as real diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has been grading lab grown diamonds since 2007 and includes them in their reports without using the term "synthetic."
The differences between natural and lab grown diamonds are not visible to the naked eye. One distinguishing factor is that natural diamonds may contain tiny amounts of nitrogen, while lab grown diamonds do not. However, both types of diamonds share the same physical and chemical properties.
Lab grown diamonds are created using processes like Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT). These methods replicate the conditions under which natural diamonds form, but in a much shorter time frame.
The choice between natural and lab grown diamonds ultimately depends on personal preference, budget, and considerations like resale value. Lab grown diamonds offer affordability and ethical benefits, while natural diamonds hold their value due to their limited supply. Consulting with an experienced jeweler can help you navigate the decision-making process.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting a diamond for your engagement ring. The decision should be based on your individual preferences and circumstances. Lab grown diamonds offer affordability, while natural diamonds offer rarity and potential resale value. Explore our collection of lab grown and natural diamonds at Diamonds by Manee to find the perfect diamond for your engagement ring.
Choosing between a lab grown diamond and a natural diamond for your engagement ring is a personal decision. Factors to consider include your budget, your partner's preferences, and the importance of resale value. At Diamonds by Manee, we offer a wide selection of lab grown and natural diamonds, as well as custom options featuring color gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Visit our Custom Sapphire, Emerald & Ruby Engagement Rings page to explore stunning alternatives to traditional diamond rings.