Lab Grown Diamonds
Are you looking to purchase a Diamond Engagement Ring for that special someone in your life? Or perhaps you want to spoil yourself and add some stunning new earrings to your collection; after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
When you think of an engagement ring, you often think of the sparkly diamond that catches your eye at first glance. Traditionally, for hundreds of years, diamonds have been mined from the earth’s crust from places all over the world, predominantly in countries like Canada, Botswana, Russia or South Africa. As technology grows and evolves for many industries, jewellery has also been able to benefit from its expansion.
Today, there is more than just one way to source diamonds. These diamonds are known as lab-grown. Lab-grown diamonds are exactly what they sound like; diamonds that are manufactured in a highly controlled lab environment using advanced technological processes, rather than ethically mined from the earth.
Lab-grown diamonds have the same physical characteristics as ethically diamonds and illuminate the same sparkle but are much more sustainable, with an almost-zero carbon footprint.
Whether purchasing ethically mined or lab-grown diamonds, the significance is not characterised by the shape or size, nor is it characterised by the price or where the diamond is sourced. The true significance of the diamond you choose is the love and story it represents between you and the special person in your life.
Why choose Lab Grown Diamonds over Ethically Mined Diamonds?
While ethically mined diamonds have been available for hundreds of years, lab-grown diamonds are growing in popularity for a number of reasons. These include:
- Customisable shape and size
- Beautiful and timeless cut
- Every Woman deserves a BIG Diamond
- The cost is approximately 40% less than traditionally mined diamonds
- Ethical and environmental sustainability
When purchasing ethically mined, earth-mined diamonds, the diamond is often handled by more than 20 people by the time it reaches the jeweller. With lab diamonds, this process is much more narrow, meaning very few people are involved in the process of the manufacturing and handling of the diamond before it reaches you.
How Are Lab Grown Diamonds Made?
When thinking of traditional diamond mining, you may think of worker exploitation, the long hours and the man-power needed to dig through layers of the earth’s crust. And whilst there is no digging or intense labour involved, lab-grown diamonds also require long hours to manufacture, through a very fine and precise technique.
There are two methods used to Grow Diamonds:
CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) – The diamond is grown from a TypeIIA, a perfect diamond seed. The composition of the diamond is pure carbon, meaning that any diamond tester will pass them as diamonds.
HPHT (High Temperature High Pressure) – The diamond is grown from a metal catalyst. These diamonds will not always pass a diamond tester because of the technique it is grown under.
Features and Benefits of Lab Grown Diamonds
Often with ethically mined diamonds, there is forced labour and poor working conditions are involved. Janai believes in ethical practices, and the process of creating lab-grown diamonds does not require any unethical practices, which is an important factor for many customers when purchasing diamonds.
Impossible to differentiate from mined diamonds
CVD lab grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds. It is impossible to differentiate mined diamonds from lab-grown diamonds, and is only possible to do so through sophisticated technology.
Greater purity and improved quality
TypeIIA is the purest form of diamond known to man, this is due to the low amount of nitrogen in the diamond. Because of the nature of precise and advanced technology, lab-grown diamonds obtain the same chemical composition and molecular structure as mined diamonds, creating extremely high-quality pieces of precious jewellery.
Affordable diamonds in various colours
While colourless diamonds are the most popular, lab-grown diamonds are also available in different colours including blue and pink diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds are grown in a controlled environment, meaning that each diamond results in a smaller carbon footprint and very little overall environmental impact. These types of diamonds have a virtually zero carbon footprint and are much more environmentally sustainable than traditionally mined diamonds.
FAQ on Lab Grown Diamonds
What are lab-grown diamonds?
Diamonds that are grown in a lab from a perfect type2a seed unlike the ethically mined diamond which creates itself through natural geological process and is mined by humans.
Are lab created diamonds real or fake?
Every CVD type2a diamond will pass as real diamonds. HPHT diamonds on the other hand don’t always pass as diamonds. All diamonds above 0.30ct sold come with either IGI or GCAL certificates. They are also inscribed with “LG” on the girdle for transparency and disclosure.
How are lab diamonds created?
CVD type2a diamonds come from a perfect type2a diamond seed. HPHT are created by using a metal catalyst (carbon).
What’s the Difference between Mined and Lab Created Diamonds?
The biggest difference between the two is the cost. The cost of lab-grown diamonds is approximately 40% less than mined diamonds. Unless using sophisticated and high-class technology, no human will be able to tell the difference between the two. That is why it is important to check with your jeweller if the diamonds are mined or lab-grown.
How long do lab-grown diamonds take to create?
The process to grow a lab-grown diamond is usually 7 weeks. It takes approximately 1.5 weeks to cut a diamond. The entire process usually takes about 9 weeks.
Every person has a unique story and gives us the opportunity to create special pieces of jewellery. It is our pleasure to welcome you as a valued customer. Book a private consultation with one of our experts about our local and international collection, or chat to our team of specialists about using lab-grown diamonds in your precious new jewellery pieces.
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Things you might be wondering… Question Time!
Custom-made jewellery generally takes around 3-4 weeks to create after the design is approved, with some detailed designs taking longer. The entire process from first consultation through to finished product should take 4-6 weeks.
Absolutely! You’ll be involved in the process from start to finish. After your first consultation, our creative designers will produce a detailed, three-dimensional sketch of the piece and you can approve the design with a follow up in-store design consultation or via email to make sure that all your design specifications are being met.
Yes! We have an extensive collection of jewellery in-store to look at and try on. We love chatting about it all and would be happy to show the differences between the diamond cuts and shapes so you’re fully informed before purchasing or creating a piece.
Since we’ve been in the business for over 35 years, we’ve had some ah-mazing jewellery designers, sketch artists, and diamond setters join our team along the way. All custom-made designs are hand-crafted by our team in-store. We also house a collection of jewellery from local and international designers in-store.