Everything You Need to Know About Lab-Grown vs. Mined Diamonds

Everything You Need to Know About Lab-Grown vs. Mined Diamonds 

Diamonds are mesmerizing gemstones. People purchase diamonds because they are one-of-a-kind stones, each in its own way. These gemstones represent milestones in people's lives and are frequently associated with special occasions. No matter what you are celebrating, you can’t go wrong with diamond jewelry!
There are two types of diamonds: mined and laboratory-grown. We want to make selecting one of them as simple as possible for you. So, we've created this guide to help you learn more about them and decide which diamond works better for your needs. Let's get started!


What are the differences between lab diamonds and mined diamonds?

The distinction between mined and lab-created diamonds is imperceptible. They share the same chemical composition, aesthetic properties, sparkle, and splendor.
lab diamonds and mined diamonds
The only difference between the two gem types is how they are created. While lab diamonds are created in a controlled environment using cutting-edge methods and techniques, mined diamonds are extracted directly from the Earth's crust and take billions of years to form. 

How long does it take to grow a diamond in a lab?

lab grown diamonds
Laboratory-grown diamonds are an innovative method of producing diamonds. This diamond represents a more modern approach to fine jewelry. They have the same timeless beauty as traditional diamonds, as well as their glamour and brilliance. This cutting-edge technology makes creating natural-looking gems with the same luxurious appeal possible. 

This method mimics nature's process by exposing a small fragment of diamond seed to extreme temperatures and high pressure in a sealed compartment. Carbon atoms are rearranged in a crystalline diamond structure to make a lab-grown diamond. Depending on the lab, this process can take 6 to 10 weeks. It takes a fraction of the time traditional diamonds take. 

Where are raw diamonds found?

Diamonds form as a result of certain geological conditions
Diamonds form as a result of certain geological conditions. Most diamonds are formed near kimberlite pipes, which are igneous rocks.

Kimberlite pipes are most commonly found in ancient cratons – Earth’s oldest and most geologically stable parts. The majority of diamonds are discovered near kimberlite pipes. It is common to find a rough diamond deposit near any kimberlite source.

Diamonds can also form when deep crustal tectonic movement generates the pressure and heat required to convert carbon into diamonds. Lamproite rocks, high-pressure metamorphic rocks, and even meteorites can produce raw diamonds as well. 

Can you tell the difference between lab-grown diamonds?

lab-grown diamonds

To the naked eye, lab-grown diamonds are indistinguishable from mined diamonds. You'll never know whether your diamond came from a mine or was grown in a lab. Lab-grown diamonds will always be physically, optically, and chemically identical to natural diamonds, regardless of test results. 

However, if you want to be certain that your diamond is genuine, have it evaluated by a jewelry expert. Because all genuine diamonds are excellent heat conductors, they are evaluated carefully with a special heat resistance tester. This way, you can tell if your diamond is genuine or fake. 

So, are mined diamonds better than lab diamonds?

diamonds better than lab diamonds
This precious stone is undeniably elegant and timeless. There is no better or worse when it comes to diamonds! The only distinction between these two types of diamonds is the production method. So, there is no distinction between chemical, visual, or appearance properties. 

If you consider diamonds a rare natural miracle, you may prefer mined diamonds. But, if you have a limited budget and admire modern technology's incredible advances, you could buy a lab-grown diamond. 

Lab-grown diamonds may be the best option for those looking to enter the diamond world. They are less expensive than traditional diamonds and more cost-effective and environmentally friendly while retaining the same extravagance and sparkle as mined ones. But remember, the final decision is entirely up to you!

The best selection of diamonds in Colts Neck, NJ

You've probably decided on the best type of diamond for your needs by now. J. Vincent Jewelers has a fantastic luxury jewelry collection. Take a look at our lab-grown jewelry to see how stunning these pieces are.
Our selection of jewelry has several options for choosing the perfect one to surprise someone special. We're just a phone call away at (732) 256-4410 or – if you prefer – a message away if you contact us through our support channel available on jvincent.com.
Alternatively, visit our store at the Colts Neck Shopping Center at 420 Route 34, Suite 301, in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and we will be happy to speak with you to ensure we meet your needs and expectations.