What are lab grown diamonds?
Lab-grown diamonds are also popularly known as synthetic diamonds and are made up of the same material that of a natural diamond. The time flashes back to 1879-1928 when every single lab in the country and the world researched the invention of synthetic diamonds. However, while most of the scientists failed in the work, a scientist in the united state Sweden successfully invented the synthetic diamond in the early 1940s.
Since then, scientists worldwide reproduced synthetic diamonds and the demands for lab-grown diamonds increased day by day. Lab-grown diamonds are now referred to as test-tube babies as they are also grown in test tubes like babies. The diamond seeds are placed in test tubes and are given the same heat and pressure they get in the earth’s crust. As the diamonds are created in the lab, they tend to be more uniform as humans make them and cheaper because there is no mining cost included.
How is it different from moissanite?
Now, what is moissanite? Moissanites are another type of gemstone/jewelry which is rare too. You probably haven’t heard of it before, as it is a rare gemstone. The moissanite, though, is a gemstone but has similar properties to a diamond. Apart from similar properties to diamonds, they are still the best choice for solitaries. Lab-grown diamonds are cheaper as compared to actual diamonds. However, they still cost 50% of the mined diamond. At the same time, moissanite costs 10% to that of a natural diamond.
How are lab grown diamonds made in laboratories?
Let’s flashback into the time when the invention of synthetic diamonds was new to the world during the early 1940s. Well, back then, only two methods were discovered to create the lab-grown diamonds, and they were
- Chemical vapor deposition: for the CVD method, scientists place the diamond plate on the growth cell and further inject hydrocarbon in it. Further, they place the growth cell in the microwave to break the bond between the molecules. After the bonds between the oxygen and hydrogen atoms are broken, they are ready to be converted into shaped diamonds.
- High-pressure, high-temperature process: in the HPHT method, the tiny diamond seeds are put into a massive cooker with high pressure. The cooker’s temperature is then raised to 1500 degrees Celcius 70,000 times. The graphite in the diamonds is converted into liquid form and carefully cooled and shaped afterward in high heat and pressure.
Later, as time passed and scientists did more and more research over the years on the new technology for making synthetic diamonds, two new methods were discovered. The detonation method and, unfortunately, the fourth method found have no commercial application lately.
Are the lab grown diamonds real?
Yes, the diamonds are as real as test the babies. The diamonds are accepted all over the world by every jewellery store and every laboratory as it has all the properties of a mined diamond made in the crust of the earth.
Are there any chances of diamond fade?
Not as noted. No! There are absolutely no chances of the diamond fading or becoming cloudy by time. It shines forever, just like the real one.
Does it come in all colour, shape and size?
Yes, lab-grown diamonds are also available in all colors, sizes, and shapes, just like mined diamonds. You can choose any color of your choice.
Why are these cheaper?
The lab-grown diamonds are way cheaper than the diamonds mined from the core of the earth because there is no cost to extract them from the earth surface and clean them afterwards.