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Lab Grown Diamonds Are Changing the Game

LAB GROWN LUXURY 

In terms of both innovative disruption and ethical impact, synthetic gems are transforming the world of fine jewelry. As consumers become more environmentally and ethically conscious, the demand for sustainable alternatives to traditional mined diamonds has surged. The lab grown diamond process is currently challenging the longstanding norms of diamond sourcing and production, reshaping the landscape of the jewelry market, prompting both consumers and retailers to reconsider their choices. Explore the new era of the diamond, environmentally controlled to emanate traditional beauty.

The Making of The Lab Grown Diamond

Lab-grown diamonds, also known as synthetic or cultured diamonds, are created through advanced technological processes in controlled laboratory environments. While there are unconfirmed suggestions that cultivated diamonds may have appeared as early as 1879 to 1928, it wasn't until 1955 that H Tracy Hall, a chemist for General Electric, successfully created the first credible set of lab-created diamonds. Unlike natural diamonds formed over millennia deep within the Earth's mantle, these diamonds are produced through two primary methods: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).

High Pressure High Temperature replicates the high-pressure conditions found in the Earth's mantle. Carbon atoms are subjected to intense pressure and high temperatures, causing them to crystallize into diamond structures.

Chemical Vapor Deposition ionizes a hydrocarbon gas, and carbon atoms are deposited onto a substrate, gradually forming a diamond crystal. This method allows for more precise control over the diamond's characteristics.

The Difference

One of the most intriguing aspects of lab-grown diamonds is their virtually identical appearance to natural diamonds. Modern technology has enabled scientists to produce diamonds with the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds, the only difference being the modernized cultivation process. Therefore, considering the physical variance of natural diamonds found in nature, consider the lab grown gem its Type-A twin sister we never knew about. Even gemologists may struggle to distinguish between the two without specialized equipment. The visual and chemical similarities between lab-grown and natural diamonds have become so striking that the choice between them is increasingly becoming clearer for consumers and retailers. “There is no visible difference between a mined or lab-grown stone in terms of quality,” Forbes contributor Pamela N. Danziger writes. “The only observable difference is in size and cost and lab-growns beat natural in that regard”. That said, if fewer inclusions and blemishes occur in the lab grown diamond due to controlled processing, perhaps it is an even more attractive option for prospective jewelry buyers.

 

The Impact

The ethical implications of traditional diamond mining have long been a concern for conscientious consumers. Child labor, untended air quality, and low wages are only few of the moral imperfections plaguing the diamond industry, a business otherwise known for its luxurious overtones and centuries of tradition.

Lab-grown diamonds give society relief from such ethical controversies often associated with mined diamonds, such as these human rights violations and environmental damages. The Forbes Business Council underscores the ethical advantages of lab-grown diamonds, stating that they are "an excellent option for consumers looking to make more ethical and sustainable choices in their fine jewelry purchases." So while conscientious workplace standards often come at the expense of a higher price tags, consider lab grown diamond industry the outlier.

Sustainability mustn’t be forgotten, either. The Vice President of Pandora informed Vogue that their lab-created diamond uses five percent of the CO2 emissions that a natural diamond otherwise would emit during the mining process. Lessoned CO2 levels means a step closer to fighting climate change and the overall health of our planet. This advantage therefore positions lab-grown diamonds as a responsible choice, not just an economic one.

The Consensus

We’re dipping our toes in for a reason. Audrey Nicole manufactures lab grown diamonds to prioritize fine jewelry for all occasions – so much that two out of three of our engagement customers are choosing lab grown over mined. Whether you prefer traditionally made pieces, find comfort in sustainability, or have placed a ceiling on indulgence, the collection is mindfully curated to tend to you.

Our brilliant selection of lab-grown jewelry and engagement pieces are replicas of original styles at a 20% to 30% lower price point than our natural pieces. This new wave has allowed us to mirror the classic diamond experience while considering sustainability and conscious pricing, broadening the landscape of high end jewelry. Shop our Lab Grown Collection Here.

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