We often get asked why should I choose a Lab created diamond over a Moissanite or a natural diamond? It depends on your preferences at the end of the day however, Lab grown diamonds are a great option for many reasons that I will outline below. But first, let's make sure you know what a lab diamond is.
What are lab diamond engagement rings?
Lab diamond engagement rings are a modern alternative to traditional mined diamond rings. These diamonds are created in a laboratory rather than underground over billions of years, using advanced technology that replicates the natural diamond-growing process. They have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as natural diamonds, but they are grown in a controlled environment.
Why choose lab diamond engagement rings?
There are several reasons why lab diamond engagement rings are worth considering:
- Cost: Lab diamonds are generally more affordable than natural diamonds of similar quality. They offer excellent value for money, allowing you to get a larger and more stunning diamond for your budget.
- Ethics: Lab diamonds are conflict-free and environmentally friendly. They are not associated with the negative social and environmental impacts of diamond mining.
- Quality: Lab diamonds are carefully crafted to have exceptional clarity, color, and cut. They undergo rigorous quality control measures to ensure that they meet the highest standards.
- Durability: Lab diamonds are just as durable as natural diamonds. They have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale, making them resistant to scratches and suitable for everyday wear.
What is the difference between a Lab-grown Diamond and a Mined Diamond?
Lab-grown diamonds can have the same quality and clarity as mined diamonds. In fact, they are graded using the same 4Cs. This means that lab-grown diamonds can be just as beautiful as their mined counterparts.
One of the key differences between lab-grown and mined diamonds is their environmental impact. Mined diamonds require extensive mining operations, which can have a negative impact on the environment. On the other hand, lab-grown diamonds have a significantly lower carbon footprint and do not contribute to deforestation or habitat destruction.
The other main difference is their price point. Due to their creation process and timescale, lab diamonds cost significantly less meaning you can get a larger stone at a lower price than you would get the same carat natural diamond.
What is the difference between a Lab diamond and a Moissanite?
The main difference is simply that one is a diamond and one is a different gemstone. Moissanites are a gemstone that occur naturally, they were originally discovered in a meteor therefore most available moissanites are also created in a lab.
While they may appear similar at first glance, there are significant differences between the two. Lab diamonds closely resemble natural diamonds in composition and physical properties, while moissanite stones have their own unique characteristics. Lab diamonds reflect light in a way that creates a stunning sparkle like a natural diamond. A moissanite also has an impressive brilliance however, some people find the rainbow-coloured flashes of a moissanite to be more intense compared to the white sparkle of lab diamonds.
Lab diamonds offer a compelling alternative to natural diamonds. Despite being a similar, often slightly higher, price than a moissanite, they offer a much closer appearance to a diamond if that is the look you are going for a lab diamond is the clear choice. They are ethical, environmentally friendly, affordable, and offer consistent quality. Their affordability allows you to get a larger or better quality diamond engagement ring while staying within your budget.
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