We are currently celebrating the launch of our Lab Grown diamond collection - a sparkling range of rings, earrings, and pendants. You may not have heard about these particular stones before, or perhaps you have some questions that need answering, so we have put together the main facts and findings that we think you should know about Lab Grown diamonds.
Firstly, the main difference between Lab Grown diamonds and the traditional mined diamond is that one comes from below ground, the other above ground. As the name suggests they are grown in a laboratory, after which a Lab Grown diamond is identical to mined diamonds in chemical composition and molecular structure. Only sophisticated technology can tell them apart so they are laser inscribed (a process long used for diamond identification) with LAB.
The Lab Grown diamonds used in our new range are called Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD), meaning they are grown from a perfect diamond seed and will pass a diamond test, being pure carbon. There are some forms of Lab Grown diamonds that are of a lower standard, we choose to make the best available to you! As with mined diamonds, you are able to choose different clarities to suit your budget.
A Brief History
Lab Grown diamonds have been around since the 1950’s, though these were not the quality we know today and were used for industrial purposes. Only in the last decade have scientists been able to grow "gem quality” diamonds, meaning that they can be used in jewellery. Technology has come a long way, now we can grow gem quality diamonds in all shapes and sizes in a laboratory - this will change the diamond industry forever. It is still quite a lengthy process, taking approximately 500 hours to grow a one carat CVD diamond.
Why you should love Lab Grown
- We know their exact origin, which means we can guarantee that they are totally conflict free - with Lab Grown diamonds there is no concern about blood diamonds.
- They are sustainable, as a grown diamond has not required the removal of earth from the ground
- Lab Grown diamonds have a lower price than mined diamonds of the same size. So you can get a bigger diamond for a better price!
Why conflict free matters
“Blood diamond” is a term used for a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army's war efforts, or a warlord's activity. The term is used to highlight the negative consequences of the diamond trade in certain areas, or to label an individual diamond as having come from such an area. They can also be referred to as “conflict diamonds”.
Ethical choices when purchasing mined stones is very important to us as a company. We have reputable suppliers and choose conflict free diamonds for our jewellery, as we believe that no-one should have to suffer for us to provide you with beautiful jewellery.
Our hope is that you will now see Lab Grown diamonds in a new light, and will understand why we are supporting and loving these special stones. We are always interested in sustainable and ethical trends - especially when they look this good!
Sources: JC Jewels