When you buy diamonds, you will come across much information about the stone that at first seems tempting to you. It may include details about the price of an artificial diamond, or even the nature of the stone itself. Not all information you come across online is factual though, and as with any other product, the same also applies to a diamond. This is not to say that you will come across lies about the stone only online; it is just that since this is a digital medium, it is easy to spread lies than to disseminate information that helps actually consumers in buying.
There is that type of positive information online as well, and you will find it as long as you know where to look. So note down these factors to make informed decisions when you buy diamonds.
Lab-Made Diamonds are the Same as Real Diamonds
You will also come across so-called diamond experts who equate natural to lab-made diamonds. Some of them say that lab made diamonds have the very same physical, chemical, and optical properties. That is not true; these properties are similar to natural diamonds but not the same. Of course, there are some notable differences between the two types of diamonds. A natural diamond will have notable inclusions, the kind of crystalline structure that characterizes the stone. However, artificial diamonds are grown in very controlled environments, so they should be free of the internal imperfections impacting the natural counterpart.
Of course, the metallic inclusions can, as well as do, occur in such diamonds, as the internal flaws do occur in just about all natural diamonds but in a different way. Besides, CVD-grown diamonds form differently and they do not come with a metallic luster. All these nuances matter, and do not let anyone convince you that both the lab-made and natural stone is the same in terms of properties. This brings us to the next misinformation about the man-made stone.
Lab-Made Diamonds are Not Real
People who spread such kinds of information are either misinformed or have a poor agenda behind it. In short, a diamond made in laboratory conditions that replicate the forces that form the stone in the Mother Nature is a synthetic or artificial diamond. It has similar physical, chemical, and optical properties as the natural stone. You may find it hard to digest but it is the truth. This is all capable thanks to the advancements in technology. Of course, it takes years for diamonds to form naturally, and be sourced in that form. This brings us to the next misinformation concerning a lab-made diamond.
Lab-Created Diamonds are Cheap
Such is the English language that any word having somewhat the same meaning is misused. Lab-made diamonds are not cheap, no diamonds are. Instead, they are affordable in relation to natural diamonds, depending on other factors. After all, if a diamond market is to highlight that a diamond is less pricey than another one both the stones will be having the same weight at the least. Does it make sense when one says that a one carat lab-made diamond is “X” percent cheaper than another one weighing, say, 20 carats? Of course, the difference in weight is supposed to bring about a significant difference in their prices as well.
So while there are cheap diamonds, there is no such thing as a “cheap” lab-made diamond. Most “cheapest diamonds online” are imitation stones, such as Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia. Unlike those faux diamonds, the lab-made ones do not just “look” the same as the real one but also have similar optical and chemical properties.
Apparently, this misinformation stems from the main misconception that lab-made diamond is not the real deal. You could say that about CZ or the other imitation stone mentioned earlier, but not in relation to the lab-made one. People have to pay a lot to buy lab diamonds, so by no means, they are “cheap”. They are a little less pricey than the mined ones but just by around 20 to 40 percent.
All Excavated Diamonds are Unethical
While this is no misinformation about the synthetic stone itself, it is certainly used in relation to its marketing or sale. Of course, there are the so-called “conflict diamonds”, the ones sourced in war nations and for illicit purposes. People are also subjected to labor abuse in the process of sourcing such diamonds. In other words, they are exposed to poisonous gases in the process. However, such practices do not occur in all parts of the world, meaning not all diamonds are unethically sourced.
Yet again, there had to be an alternative to such unethical diamonds. Since lab-made diamond production is not a labor-intensive one, and as the carbon emission is a lot less in it, they are sustainable. However, that does not mean all lab-made diamonds are fully sustainable and that all mined diamonds are unethical. In fact, ways to make “diamond manufacturing” sustainable are being conceived by experts in the industry too.