When you are purchasing a diamond it is very essential to keep a number of factors in mind. The feeling of overwhelming may sometimes hit you because diamonds are an asset for life. Therefore, you always choose nothing less than the best. However, we often have come across people who have misconceptions between the concept of naturally mined diamond and the lab-grown diamond. One of the biggest misconceptions is when a lab-grown diamond is wrongly perceived as “fake diamond” by the customer. In this article, we are going to discuss the exact difference between the two concepts namely the natural diamonds and lab-grown diamonds.
The physical, as well as chemical properties of the lab-grown diamonds, are completely similar to that of physically mined natural diamonds. The pressure that is exerted by Earth for the formation of the natural diamond is artificially created under laboratory conditions. Although there are some diamond simulants such as moissanite or cubic zirconia which appear exactly the same as that diamonds having similar optical and visual properties, however, their chemical properties are different and they are far less durable.
In this article, we will give you adequate guidance for your next purchase of diamond earrings. We will help you to consider the differences between lab grown and natural diamonds and make the final decision by yourself.
Process of Formation
The biggest difference between the natural and lab-grown diamond is the process of formation. Under normal circumstances, natural diamonds take a significantly large amount of time to form. Over that period of time with specific conditions operating the diamond is formed. Natural diamond generally takes, somewhere around 1 to 3 billion years to form under the pressure exerted by the Earth.
During this period of time, delicate processes such as extreme temperatures of more than 2000 degree Fahrenheit associated with immense pressure are operated at the same time. Natural activities of Earth such as volcanic eruption and tectonic movements resulting in earthquakes within the earth take place simultaneously. These activities cause disruption to the placement of the natural diamonds bringing them together closer to the earth’s surface. In this process the large fragments of rocks they accumulate together and the conglomeration of such rocks gives rise to a large piece of crystal.
As a result of this, the complex procedure through which the natural diamonds are formed makes diamonds extremely rare and expensive. The long tedious journey which is closely associated with the formation of natural diamonds makes it worthy of purchasing in change for a fortune. The extreme climatic conditions that prevailed for a large period of time have resulted in the rough tough exterior of diamond making it as the most durable gemstone amongst the rest.
Another very noticeable feature about diamonds is the wide range of color in which they appear in. The most important underlying reason behind this is the varying factors under which the natural diamonds are formed. These natural conditions cannot be controlled as a result of which it gives rise to a variation in the diamond clarity, color as well as carat weight. The differences in diamond are because of the different phenomenons which are taking place parallel at the same period of time. The presence of trace minerals which can be included within the diamond and also other conditions can have great influence on the development process of diamond.
How is Lab Grown Diamond Formed?
As the name suggests, the lab grown diamonds are formed under highly secured sensitive laboratory conditions that replicate the extreme conditions exerted by the surface of the Earth. The man-made lab-grown diamonds have exact similar chemical properties as that of natural diamonds. Apart from the chemical properties, other properties such as crystal structure, optical structure, and even the physical properties of the diamond are completely the same.
As the lab grown diamonds are formed manually by creating the same climatic condition under a specific area with the sheer interference of laboratory experts, the lab grown diamonds will have the exact similar durability to that of natural diamonds. The strength exhibited by the lab grown diamond will not differ in any manner from that of natural diamond. Even the radiance and the brilliance of lab grown diamond will be exactly the same. There are namely two important features through which the lab-grown diamonds can be produced. One of them is by creating the same environment producing the same intensified high temperature and high pressure (HPHT) while the other process can be through Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).
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How much Time does it take to Form Lab Grown Diamonds?
The most fascinating quality about the process of formation of lab-grown diamond is the time taken to actually create a diamond under laboratory conditions. The process of formation for the lab grown diamonds are speed up immensely as compared to the billions of years which takes for natural diamonds to form. The laboratory period for the formation of the diamond will also differ with the size of the diamond. Initially, the process starts with the seed of diamond. It gradually continues, as according to the preferred size of the diamond. For larger carat weight and larger sized diamonds, the longer the time it will take. The time factor plays a very important significant role in differentiating between the natural mined diamond and the lab grown diamond.
A natural mined diamond would have taken billions of years and will also require sufficient efforts by the miners to extract it. On the other hand, for lab grown diamonds the time of formation is sufficiently low. This will have a direct impact on the cost of production and therefore, there is a significant variation between the price of a naturally mined diamond and a lab grown diamond. Also there is a common perception, where we are of the opinion that natural diamonds are the most unique antique formed crystals of the earth.
Another very interesting factor that can be noted while differentiating between lab grown diamond and natural diamond is the carat weight. Under laboratory conditions the carat weight of the diamond will weigh a maximum around 20 carats. While on the other hand, under natural conditions Earth possesses the immense quality of producing diamonds weighing even more than 400 carats. It has long been accepted that the forces of nature can never be compelled with. The immense capability of the nature of creating something sanctimonious cannot be physically created under laboratory conditions.
However, it is also not rational to even imagine someone wearing a diamond weighing 20 carats. Therefore, lab-grown diamonds are the most suitable diamonds used for diamond earrings. A perfect elegant pair of 1-carat lab-grown diamonds having an aura of perfect aristocracy will make you look ravishing.
Make your Decision Carefully
It is very important for you to understand that both natural, as well as lab-grown diamonds, are equally real diamonds. The physical, as well as chemical properties of both the diamonds, are exactly the same. Therefore, when both are measured on the grading, both of these diamonds will give you the same exact value. However, owing to the difference in cost of production lab-grown diamonds can be 30% of lesser value as compared to natural diamonds.
As similar to natural diamonds, artificial diamonds can also consist of inclusions which can result in the formation of colored diamonds. When you look at both the diamonds through naked eyes, you won’t be even able to identify the difference between the two. The only difference through which the two diamonds can be identified is through the difference in price. Therefore, before choosing the diamond take a keen look at the setting, clarity, color, carat, cut, and size of the diamond. Choosing the right diamond stud earring is very important and therefore, choose the one which makes you comfortable the most and also gives a boost to your confidence.