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Natural vs Lab Grown Diamonds

We recently shared alternative stones used in engagement rings and wedding bands, so let’s get back to the diamond. Another question we get asked often is the difference between natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds.

So what is the difference? Well, not much. Lab grown diamonds have the same optical, physical, and chemical composition as a natural diamond, so the only difference is that one is created in a lab and the other is naturally mined. So technically speaking, the only difference is their origin. Don’t get this mixed-up with CZ’s (cubic zirconia) which are softer clear gemstones that have a similar appearance to diamonds, but are chemically different.

This means lab grown diamonds offer the same level of hardness (see previous posts), so why would you choose one over the other? Well, it’s totally up to what you are looking for. Lab grown diamonds are usually sought after for affordable, ethical, or environmental reasons, and natural diamonds because of their rarity and natural allure. Both types can come in different quality grades, depending on their color, clarity, cut, and carat (the 4 c’s). Stay tuned to learn more about these evaluation methods!

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