OLD _The Initiative | 143Diamonds

OLD _The Initiative | 143Diamonds

Lab Grown Diamonds are chemically, physically and optically identical to those mined underground — but they have fewer flaws, a lighter carbon footprint and cost less, too.

So we’re over here wondering why we still mine. Are you?

Diamonds in jewelry are colorful, romantic and personal. They mean something different to each wearer. To some, they're badges of wealth and success — think Hollywood stars at an award show all frosted out. To others, they're meaningful as a symbol of someone’s eternal love, or simply beloved as a favorite signature to their personal style preferences.

Diamonds always have, and always will be used in this way because of the qualities they bring to the table as a gemstone. They are eternal, they don’t scratch, and they reflect light like no other material known to us. Like it or not, there is nothing that compares to a bright, sparkly, white diamond.

We love Diamonds and understand that even Diamond mining has come a long way in comparison to the reputation they use to have. If you prefer mined diamonds, that’s A-okay. I would really recommend giving grown diamonds a shot though. Do you call ice cubes from your freezer- fake ice? No, because as long as you have the necessary conditions, ice will be formed. It’s a lot more technical when it comes to growing diamonds, but I think you get the point.

Lab-created diamonds are the real deal. They are grown in a laboratory but are identical chemically, physically and optically to mined diamonds. An imitation diamond (CZ) (Silicon Carbide), while also grown, does not follow nature’s recipe, so it’s completely different physically, chemically and optically from the mined gem it copies (That’s why they are so inexpensive). Confused? Don’t be, if it looks to good to be true then it probably is. Any diamond you purchase over a .25ct should really have a certificate from a third party company. For example all of our Gentoo (Grown) Diamonds are certified from IGI (International Gemological Institution) it’s a service we pay for in order for our customers to have an objective opinion on the diamond they are purchasing.

We are trying to make a difference in the industry that we love by showing the old school that most people don’t care if it came from the ground or the lab. Actually according to many of our polls most people prefer the benefits of the grown diamond. Higher qualities at lower prices.

How they’re made,

The average person would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a natural and lab-created stone. It takes a trained eye, high magnification and other instruments. In fact, the mined industry is scrambling on trying to figure out ways to identify them. Check out this clip where Neil Degrassi (very smart scientist) went to the diamond district and asked a seasoned vet in diamond buying to try and pick the lab grown. I mean 50/50 to get it right and he still gets it wrong. Anyone can tell the difference between a diamond and a fake CZ or Moissanite, but barely anyone can tell a difference between grown diamonds and mined diamonds……Because they are the SAME THING!


The main distinction is mined diamonds typically have inclusions from the crystallization process — gases and other minerals mixing during the molten stage of stone creation. Because lab-created stones rely on a steady, controlled process of applying minerals, heat and pressure, or through the process of CVD (Chemical Vapor Disposition) they usually have fewer inclusions.

So you get high-quality lab-created stones, and their prices are significantly lower than their mined gemstone counterparts. With different setting options, from sterling silver to gold in many colors and karats, lab-created stones provide choices Mother Nature can’t give in the same way.

Other considerations

In addition to getting a rare, top-quality diamond for less, many consumers are attracted to lab-created stones for other reasons. Environmentally speaking, lab-created stones do not tax natural resources the way the process for mined diamonds do — no mines are dug, the labs use a fraction of the utilities and resources necessary for a mining operation and leave behind less pollutants.

Whether you’re buying a gift or treating yourself, purchase lab-created diamond jewelry from a trusted jeweler, who discloses what your stone is and how to care for it. Just as there are different quality levels in mined gems, the same goes for lab-created stones (They are even certified and graded the same way). Make sure you understand what you’re getting for the money you’re spending, especially when paying a premium for a piece.

It’s worth exploring the possibilities to grow your jewelry wardrobe with classic styles and cutting-edge designs using stunning lab-created stones.

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