More and more jewelry companies are offering synthetic diamonds as an affordable alternative to the ‘real thing’. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is actually no difference between mined diamonds and lab diamonds – they are identical in both appearance and chemical makeup.
Even experts in the field of gemology cannot tell the difference between a diamond that was made in the earth’s crust and one that was made in the lab.
Diamonds are measured based on their clarity and their color as well as their size (which is rated in carats). To purchase a natural, mined diamond that is large and that has good clarity would be an expensive proposition. Lab diamonds tend to be about one third cheaper for comparable size and quality, and there is no difference to their look or their physical characteristics.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that lab diamonds are just like cubic zirconia or mossanite. It is important to understand that this is not the case. Those ‘simulants’ are not made from the same carbon base as lab diamonds or real diamonds, so they are not as brilliant, or as robust. They are a lot cheaper, but is is easy for a jeweler or even an enthusiastic jewelry lover with a keen eye to identify a simulant.
Lab diamonds are becoming popular with a lot of jewelry lovers, because they look just as good as the real thing, and they are produced in a more ethical way. The diamond trade is, in many countries, powered by slavery – and there are wars fought over diamonds too. Ethical shoppers would rather purchase man-made products that do not involve loss of life or poor working conditions than spend money on products that will fund trades in the darker side of the world.
Jewelers at Vidar Jewelry say, “If you’re shopping for a wedding ring or some diamond jewelry, then think carefully about the type of diamond you want to buy”. You can purchase ethically traded diamonds if you shop around, and there’s certainly something romantic about the ‘real thing’, but if the aesthetics are all that motivates you, then lab diamonds are worth a look – they will still make a great heirloom, and they are a wonder in their own right – and proof of how much power man has to shape the world around him.