Your lab-grown diamond is as real as mined, It’s official.
Jan 03, 2020 15:37
Buying a diamond is a tricky choice whether it is a white diamond or a colored diamond. There are many choices available regarding the color, carat, and clarity but the main choice which a buyer needs to make is whether they want a lab grown diamond or a natural diamond?
For years people have been discouraged to buy lab created diamonds, by making them believe that man made diamonds aren’t real diamonds. That is not at all true, because lab created diamonds are real diamonds which possess the same physical, chemical and optical properties as that of natural diamonds.
Let’s discuss about 4’c of diamonds and types of diamonds.
Mined Diamond Information
The clarity of a Diamond is dependent on the natural marks inside the stone which are formed as clouds and feathers. Most Diamonds contain inclusions that occur when they are formed by nature, almost like birthmarks. It is only the size, quantity and location of any marks within a stone that determine the clarity or purity of each Diamond.
The color scale is graded on letters and starts at D(rare white) and finishes at I for white Diamonds. From J – M diamonds show more color through slight yellow down to a brown tinge. Below M are the natural fancy colors such as intense yellow and champagne.
Kingston Jewelers currently purchase Diamonds from D-J in Brilliant cut and D-I in fancy cuts.
In order to reflect all of the light, a well cut Diamond should have great proportions so it performs with the upmost sparkle and not look dull or lifeless.
There are a number of different shapes with, Brilliant and Princess, being the most popular and, Radiant, Asscher, Emerald and Pear are classified as fancy cuts.
Brilliants diamonds are cut to specific proportions and we only choose Diamonds with very good proportions and from our small selection of very good cutters in Europe.
Every Diamond is individual like a snowflake and our years of experience enable our buyers to select the stones that are perfect for the Jewellery that we manufacture. We have spent many years building relationships the best suppliers in Europe so you benefit from our direct sourcing.
Lab Grown Diamond Information
HTHP Diamonds (High Temperature, High Pressure Diamonds)
First discovered in the 1950's the process involves using a seed of a Diamond which through high pressure and temperature the crystal is forced to grow in the same way that diamonds were formed under the ground. The process is now so advanced that stones up to 10ct and D Color Flawless can be grown.
CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition)
A sliver of an existing Type IIA diamond, otherwise known as a “seed”, is placed in an environment that contains a specific recipe of carbon compounds. The seed is then subjected to a process called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), wherein the crystals are formed from hot plasma in layers, like semiconductors. What results is a real Created Rough Diamond with all the natural properties of a mined diamond.
The four C's that are applied to all mined Diamonds can also be applied to any man or lab grown Diamonds as they are exactly the same chemically and physically.
The FCT (Federal Trade Commission) backed this fact up recently, revising their definition of a diamond and removing the word ‘natural’ from it. According to FCT “The Commission no longer defines a ‘diamond’ by using the term ‘natural’ because it is no longer accurate to define diamonds as ‘natural’ when it is now possible to create products that have essentially the same optical, physical, and chemical properties as mined diamonds” (Source: Forbes)
The Federal Trade Commission recently revised its Jewellery Guides, in order to prevent deception of lab created diamonds and diamonds in the diamond market. They said they would believe scientific facts and not ‘minded-diamond industry lobby’. These guides are formed to prevent consumers from deceitful purchases and assist them to make informed diamond purchasing decisions.
Amends made by The Federal Trade Commission (FCT)
It was during 1956 a decision was taken to coin the term diamond and it included the word ‘natural’. After that certain technological advances had made it possible to produce lab grown loose diamonds; CVD diamond & HPHT synthetic diamond making method. Due to which the FCT decided to eliminate some words from their definition related to mined and man made diamonds. Here are the changes:
1.The new definition is ‘A diamond is a mineral consisting essentially of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric system.’
2.The word ‘natural’ has been removed from this definition.
3.There is no mention of the word ‘synthetic’ for man made diamonds; as they believe man made diamonds to be real diamonds.
4.The FCT has clearly stated that diamond simulants are prohibited from being referred to like diamonds.
5.The guide also clarifies that the use of words like ‘laboratory-grown’, ‘Lab-created’, and ‘hybrid’, is unfair and deceitful.
6.The man-made diamond industry can call their products ‘cultured’, ‘gems’, ‘gemstones’.
Overall the FCT stated that a diamond is a diamond, whether it is grown in a lab or comes out of the ground.
Benefits for the Consumers
These amends in the jewellery guides though raised concerns for the mined diamond industry but was a great win for consumers. Now sellers and retailers could officially state that their man made loose diamonds, fancy diamonds, white diamonds and even colored diamonds were all real diamonds. They could educate the customers of the guidelines and how these lab created diamonds were equivalent to or better than natural diamonds. If you are looking for best place to buy lab created diamonds you can visit loosegrowndiamond.com. They are Manufacturer of the Lab Grown Diamonds.
Benefit for the Diamond industry
They now have an official declaration that their loose diamonds, fancy diamonds, coloured diamonds, and white diamonds were real diamonds and not ‘synthetic’. As these lab grown fancy diamonds are already 20%-30% cheaper than natural diamonds, they got an upper hand and had customers wanting to buy their diamonds. Customers could get a bigger diamond at a lower cost and that also with guaranteed quality.
In the end, it was a win for the consumers and lab made diamond industry!
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