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What Are Lab Created Diamonds

Posted on April 11 2018

Lab created diamonds, which are commonly referred to as cultured or engineered diamonds, are constructed within labs using a sophisticated process that matches the conditions that diamonds naturally grow when they form from beneath the Earth’s crust. These diamonds are man-made, but they do consist of the same materials as natural diamonds and will feature the same chemical and optical properties.

Lab created diamond makers will take carbon a very small amount of carbon seeds from a natural diamond and use extreme heat and pressure to duplicate the natural diamond formation method. People can make coloured diamonds by taking certain trace elements that can be found naturally to use during the growing process. However, with both white and coloured lab created diamonds, there will be a slight difference of trace elements between them and the natural diamonds that they emulate. The good news is that the only way to tell a lab generated diamond and a natural diamond apart is by using a special piece of equipment that can pick up on the different trace elements.

Lab created diamonds vs diamond simulants

When searching for lab created diamonds, you may also stumble upon diamond simulants. It is important to know the differences between a lab created diamond and diamond simulants if you are looking for the best quality. When it comes to diamond simulants, like moissanite or cubic zirconia, you will notice that they look very similar to diamonds except they won’t feature any true carbon crystals. Diamond simulants also do not have similar physical or chemical properties as natural diamonds, meaning that they should be set at a much lower price compared to natural and lab created diamonds. If you know what you are looking for, you will be able to tell if a diamond is simulated or natural with your naked eye.

Lab created and natural diamonds have thermal conductivity properties so that you can easily tell the difference between them and diamond simulants using a diamond tester. However, some natural coloured and lab created diamonds could be misidentified as a moissanite because of their similar electrical conductivity. In this case, a gemologist should be able to tell the difference between a diamond and moissanite because of their different refractive properties.

Buying diamonds from La Boutique Del Gioiello

If you are in the market for natural or lab created diamonds for your bridal or jewellery needs, you have to check out our collection at La Boutique Del Gioiello! We have pieces created by many high-end designers like Chimento, Yvel, Chiampesan, Zoccai, and Alessandro Fanfani that all offer a unique style to go with your look. If you are looking for a custom made diamond, our professional and friendly design team will work closely with you to create your one of a kind diamond masterpiece that will last forever! Visit us at 8401 Weston Road in Woodbridge or call us at 905-264-0400 today to learn more about our diamond collection.

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