What exactly are lab grown diamonds?
- To the naked eye, lab grown diamonds are identical to natural diamonds.
- They are created in controlled environments, either using high pressure or chemical vapour deposition.
- They have the same chemical composition as natural diamonds, consisting of carbon atoms that form a crystal lattice shape.
- Lab grown diamonds are the same as natural diamonds, rating 10 on the Mohs scale and having a high refractive index.
- Manufacturers can control the growth process, allowing for customisation of size, colour, clarity and allows customers to choose their own preference.
- They are often more affordable than natural diamonds
- Lab grown diamonds are not only used for jewellery, they are also used for industrial applications like making electronics or cutting tools.
- Lab grown diamonds are becoming more popular due to rapid expansion of technology and growing customer acceptance.
How are lab grown diamonds more environmentally friendly to traditional ones?
- Lab grown diamonds have a reduced carbon footprint as the mining and transportation of natural diamonds have a high carbon output
- Lab grown diamonds cause less land disturbance as diamond mining requires the excavation of land that can lead to environmental destruction and water pollution.
- Lab grown diamonds are not associated with the ethical concerns that can be linked to the mining of natural diamonds, such as exploitative labour practices.
To learn more about lab grown diamonds, check out this ethical guide https://www.diamonds.pro/education/ethical-diamonds-conscientious-consumers-need-know/