WHAT ARE LAB GROWN DIAMONDS?
Lab grown diamonds or man made diamonds, whichever you want to call them – we are proud to be using them! Even though they have existed since 1989, they only recently made it onto the headlines globally when Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio invested a remarkable amount in a lab diamond manufacturer start-up, Diamond Foundry.
Lab grown diamonds are grown from the tiny carbon seeds of pre-existing diamonds. A disc containing diamonds seeds is placed in a diamond growth chamber and advanced technology is used to mimic the extreme conditions required deep in earth for diamond formation.
The process of manufacturing lab made diamonds uses either extreme pressure and heat or a special deposition process known as CVD to convert carbon into a diamond crystal structure.
Lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds have the same structure and chemical properties. It is impossible to tell the difference between a diamond that is grown in a laboratory and a diamond removed from the earth just by looking at them through a magnification glass. It is only possible to distinguish them by using a special ultraviolet light, polar filter or trace element detector.
NATURAL DIAMOND MINING
Did you know that the mining of a 1.0ct rough diamond destroys around 250 tons of earth? Mining also contributes to conflicts in the developing countries, resulting in illegal weapons, terrorism, unregulated working conditions and child labour.
Natural mined diamonds are formed under tremendous heat and pressure 100 miles underground. Diamonds then move closer to the earth’s surface through a specific kind of volcanic eruption, called a Kimberlite eruption. An enormous amount of ground must be moved in order to bring diamonds to the surface.
THREE REASONS TO
CHOOSE LAB MADE DIAMONDS
Free from conflicts and more sustainable than natural diamonds.
Overall lab diamonds have fewer impurities and defects.
The prices of lab diamonds are, on average, 24% less than mined diamonds.
Read more: http://thegreenerdiamond.org