What's the Difference Between a Natural Diamond and a Lab-created Diamond?

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We get this question a lot, and there is a common misconception that lab-grown diamonds are chemically or physically "artificial" compared to natural diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are actually chemically identical to naturally-formed diamonds in terms of composition; they're just grown under engineered and expedited circumstances. It is a common misconception that lab-grown diamonds are "fake" or more akin to a quartz or cubic zirconia, but that is not the case. 

In fact, lab-grown diamonds are a popular choice for brides who want to be ensured conflict-free status. Another solution that guarantees this certainty is sourcing a stone from Canadian mines, or some such. Lab-grown stones can also be more cost effective than natural stones if you'd like the look of a diamond engagement ring (but are on a tighter budget).

Depending on your preference, you might prefer the tone and look of natural diamonds, which tend to have more inclusions than lab-grown stones, which tend to be whiter and clearer. Some folks prefer natural diamonds because they find the natural process of the stone forming from pressure in the earth symbolic of marriage itself.

That said, all stones (even those grown in a lab) have inclusions and the best way to make a decision on which kind of diamond is right for you is to view examples of each kind of gem in person. Dana and Rad responsibly source diamonds for all of their clients, and would be happy to show you examples of each.

Rest assured that all of the diamonds, sapphires, and metal we use are conflict-free, responsibly sourced, and eco-friendly. We take great pride in creating a beautiful handmade, locally-made piece that you can feel good about wearing.


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