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Lab-Grown Diamonds: A Look at the Diamond-Creation Process

September 05, 2022

Lab Grown Diamonds A Look At The Diamond Creation Process

Lab-grown diamonds in Singapore have grown in popularity in the last decade. These diamonds have been developed in laboratories using carbon rather than mined from the Earth. It is well known that this method of diamond production is much more economical and environmentally friendly than the conventional one. 

Other benefits of lab-grown diamonds include the fact that they are less controversial and are frequently less expensive. If you are considering investing in a lab-grown diamond for your engagement ring or another piece of jewelry, here is what you need to know about how they are grown.

How Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Made?

Lab-grown diamonds are made from a carbon source that is placed inside a chamber using a process called chemical vapour deposition (CVD) or high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT). As the carbon is heated in the chamber, it is broken down into pure carbon atoms, which are subsequently deposited onto a growing surface.

When the surface has cooled, it is removed from the growing chamber, and the rough diamond is polished to a lustre. It should be noted that these diamonds are not created with synthetic diamonds. It does not use nuclear energy but rather a highly controlled, high-temperature process similar to what is used to manufacture silicon wafers for semiconductors. 

Lab Grown Diamonds A Look At The Diamond Creation Process

What Goes Into a Lab-Grown Diamond?

A natural diamond comprises three main elements: carbon, hydrogen, and other trace elements. A lab-grown diamond is made of the same ingredients as a natural diamond, with one exception: trace elements.

A lab-grown diamond does not require the impurities that would otherwise give it colour because it is not subjected to the same geological processes as a mined diamond. In fact, trace elements are what is responsible for the colouring of mined diamonds. A lab-grown diamond uses a carbon source that is free of impurities, such as graphite. It is pure carbon that contains no trace elements. That is what makes it colourless.

What Are the Differences Between Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds?

There are a few notable differences between lab-grown and natural diamonds. While a mined diamond can be stunning, it is also fraught with controversy and terrible human practices.

With a lab-grown diamond, you do not have to worry about unethical mining practices. You also do not have to worry about the diamond market crashing, which might cause the value of your mined diamonds to plummet.

Another notable distinction is that lab-grown diamonds are frequently less expensive. This is because growing them in a lab is significantly less costly than mining them from the ground. You may also notice that lab-grown diamonds have more consistent colour, whereas mined diamonds might vary in colour. 

Why Is Growing a Diamond More Environmentally Friendly? 

Growing a diamond in a lab is far more environmentally friendly than mining diamonds from the Earth as it has a much more controlled process. It is estimated that 20% of diamond mining occurs in “high-risk” locations. That includes sites where deforestation has occurred, water supplies have been contaminated, or toxic chemicals have been spilt. 

According to environmental experts, the diamond industry will have mined enough diamonds by 2020 to fill nine Empire State Buildings. This will have devastating effects on ecosystems and communities around the world. Fortunately, lab-grown diamonds can help to reduce demand.

How Much Do Lab-Grown Diamonds Cost?

The cost of lab-grown diamonds varies according to their size and brand name. A general rule of thumb for pricing is that it should cost roughly 10% less than a mined diamond.

Keep in mind that lab-grown diamonds are graded similarly to mined diamonds, so you may use the grading scale to gain a sense of their value. If you want the greatest quality diamonds, you may want to go with a mined diamond. However, a lab-grown diamond is a terrific alternative if you are on a budget and unable to afford mined diamonds.

Lab Grown Diamonds A Look At The Diamond Creation Process

Lab-Grown Diamonds: Their Worth

If you have been thinking about investing in a lab-grown diamond, now is the best time to do so. Due to the high demand and low supply of these diamonds, their value is projected to rise in the coming years.

At LeCaine Gems, our lab-grown diamonds are sustainably sourced and conflict-free. Our diamonds are grown in a controlled environment with precise conditions, allowing us to create a high-quality, certified diamond with fewer environmental impacts. These brilliant diamonds are then crafted into exquisite jewelry pieces that will last a lifetime. 

As demand for custom-made diamond jewelry in Singapore grows, LeCaine Gems is here to fulfil the needs of our discerning customers with lab-grown diamonds that are trusted and certified. For more information on our lab-grown diamonds or Bespoke Jewelry Experience, please contact us or send us a WhatsApp at +65 8020 0353.

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