Natural vs Lab Grown Diamonds: Unearthing Earth’s True Wonders

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November 23, 2023
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Diamonds, with their enchanting allure and timeless grace, have long captivated our hearts as one of nature’s most mesmerising treasures. Their formation, a process that has taken over a billion years deep within the Earth’s mantle, is a testament to the profound forces of nature that create such exquisite beauty.

In this article, we’ll explore the characteristics, formation processes, and the charm of natural diamonds – as well as take a very brief look at cheaper lab-grown alternatives – arming you with the knowledge you need to find that perfect piece of diamond jewellery.

From Earth’s Depths: The Unique Journey of Natural Diamonds

The origin story of natural diamonds is as intriguing as it is awe-inspiring. Formed over a billion years ago deep inside the Earth’s crust under intense heat and pressure, today these diamonds are mined from the sites of the ancient volcanoes that once brought them to the surface.

As a finite resource, natural diamonds are considered precious and valuable with each one featuring its own set of inclusions, imperfections, and storied history.

The fascinating journey from Earth’s depths to the surface lends each diamond a truly unique character and individuality – something that just cannot be replicated with lab grown diamonds.

Lab-Grown Diamonds: Mimicking Nature’s Masterpiece

Lab-grown diamonds are a relatively recent innovation born from modern technology.

Created in controlled environments that seek to mimic the conditions of the Earth’s mantle, these diamonds can be produced in just a matter of weeks. However, despite their similar physical and chemical properties to natural diamonds, they lack the unique history and timeless charm that comes with billions of years of formation.

While lab-grown diamonds are often marketed as a more affordable and ethical alternative, it’s important to note that they do not hold their value in the same way natural diamonds do.

As a result, lab grown diamonds are often used in industries outside of jewellery – such as in technology and manufacturing – for their hardness and heat conductivity.

Though, if you’re still dead-set on purchasing a lab grown diamond, make sure you read the fine print/disclaimers because many sellers often have some fine print whereby they state they will not buy back the diamond or use it as a trade-in in the future.

Ethical and Environmental Considerations

Whilst it’s true that diamond mining can have certain environmental and ethical concerns, many diamond mines around the world are making concerted efforts to improve their practices.

Most certified mines today are committed to reducing their environmental impact, ensuring safe labour practices, and contributing to the economic development of mining communities.

Value and Elegance: The Timeless Appeal of Natural Diamonds

Natural diamonds, and by extension, natural diamond jewellery, hold their value exceptionally well. Unlike lab-grown alternatives which have seen a steep decline in price in recent years, natural diamonds have maintained their worth over time – making them not just a piece of jewellery, but also an investment.

Whilst lab-grown diamonds are a recent innovation which can offer a cheaper alternative in diamond jewellery, the uniqueness, allure, and enduring value of natural diamonds make them truly unparalleled.

Natural Diamonds: The Deciding Factors

When deciding on a diamond, here are some questions to consider:

Can a jeweller tell the difference between a natural and lab-grown diamond?

Yes, an experienced jeweller can identify unique features that distinguish a natural diamond from a lab-grown one.

Do natural diamonds hold their value?

Absolutely. Natural diamonds have proven their worth over time, often even appreciating in value, whereas lab-grown diamonds are currently experiencing a ‘freefall’ decline in price.

Are natural diamonds graded the same way as lab-grown ones?

Yes, they are. Both are judged on the 4 Cs: Carat, Cut, Clarity, and Colour. However, a diamond’s origin – whether it’s mined from the Earth or created in a lab – is also a critical part of its grading report.

Need help from the experts?

At Martin Gear Jewellers, we’ve been manufacturing, appraising, and selling natural diamond jewellery for decades. To learn more about our beautiful selection of natural diamonds, simply contact us or drop into our store on 5 Mary St, Dublin 1

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