Thanks to modern technology, however, the diamond formation process has been replicated to produce high-quality, lab-grown diamonds. If you can’t decide whether you want a natural or lab-grown diamond engagement ring, learn more about the difference between the two and some benefits of choosing lab-grown.
The Difference Between Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds
Diamonds form over the course of billions of years. The carbon atoms they begin as experience consistent pressure in the Earth’s mantle until they are hardened and sent to the surface.
The process for creating lab diamonds mimics this process. The technology uses extreme pressure and heat to form a diamond in a matter of weeks. These diamonds have essentially the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds, which means they look identical and are just as hard. The biggest difference is the price and resale value.
Since natural diamonds take so long to form, there is a limited supply. They are more expensive and retain their value more than lab-grown diamonds.
The Benefits of Choosing Lab-Grown Diamonds
Even though both diamonds look the same, many people opt for the lab-grown option for a number of reasons.
While the price of lab-grown diamonds has fluctuated, they are generally more affordable than natural diamonds. This makes them a great option for those who love the look of diamonds but don’t love the idea of spending a lot on their engagement or wedding ring.
For eco-friendly jewelry buyers, lab-grown diamonds offer an appealing benefit: the fact that they are sustainable. Rather than using up the natural supply of diamonds, jewelry suppliers have found a way to give you a diamond that has been created by humans. Plus they don’t require mining, which can reduce the environmental impact of jewelry creation.
Of course lab-grown diamonds share a lot of the same benefits as diamonds, such as hardness and shine.
Lab-grown diamond engagement rings and wedding bands are a great option for anyone. At eWedding Bands we can guide you through the gem selection process and design the perfect ring for you. Reach out to us today to get started.