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Lab Grown Diamonds | Rockledge, FL | Jon's Fine Jewelry

What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Is a diamond produced in a lab still really a diamond? The answer to that question, luckily, is very straightforward: yes. Diamonds are essentially just the proper combination of carbon, heat, and pressure. Regardless of whether they were formed underground over a billion years ago or created less than a week ago, lab grown diamonds are identical to their naturally occurring counterparts. If you look under a microscope at a diamond, you’ll be unable to distinguish whether or not it originated in a lab. And because the process is highly regulated in a lab setting, lab diamonds contain fewer flaws overall.

Sourcing Lab Grown Diamonds

There's a reason engineered diamonds are called "lab grown," and it's only partly due to marketing. Lab diamonds are started from tiny diamond seeds - actual slivers of diamond that contain the chemical structure laboratories are trying to replicate. The same way that cultured pearls are formed in a controlled environment and made by inoculating mollusks with tissue grafts, diamonds are inoculated inside a highly pressurized and heated chamber. Unlike pearls, which come from and are formed by living organisms, diamonds are not subject to the same genetic variation. Although lab diamonds are not without flaws, the result of years of scientific research is a quality product with replicable results.

Know Your Market

There are several reasons lab grown diamonds appeal to Millennials and Gen Z, making these two generations the most likely to purchase lab diamonds. For one, they're up to one-third less expensive than natural diamonds — and sometimes even less — making lab diamonds much more affordable. With the recent trend towards large diamonds, buyers don't have to compromise on quality for size and vice versa. Younger buyers are also more likely to be concerned with the environment and favor sustainably sourced diamonds. Created diamonds aren't the only sustainable option, but it is much easier to guarantee their low environmental impact and find them in a variety of styles.

What's in a Name?

Regardless of whether you use the term lab-grown diamond, engineered diamond, cultured diamond, man-made diamond, or lab-created diamond, these created diamonds are still optically and chemically identical to natural diamonds. The terms synthetic and artificial are misnomers, because lab diamonds are not fake in terms of structure or composition. Man-made stones are just as durable as natural ones and contain the same elements. Created diamonds are equal if not superior to natural stones; growing in a lab gives scientists and gemologists time to perfect their process to exclude flaws and increase clarity. The next time someone says “artificial diamond” you can be confident in knowing there is no such thing.

Lab Grown Diamonds at Jon's Fine Jewelry

The next time you’re in the market for a new piece of diamond jewelry, stop by Jon's Fine Jewelry in the Rockledge area and ask about our selection of lab grown diamonds. From rings to earrings, pendants, bracelets, and everything in between, we have an exquisite collection of pieces featuring created diamonds that are sure to please you, your wallet, and the environment.

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