Lab diamonds offer an ethical, sustainable alternative to traditionally mined diamonds. Plus, they come at a much cheaper price point than natural diamonds.
Lab diamonds differ from moissanite in that they contain genuine carbon atoms arranged in the same atomic structure as mined diamonds. As such, they appear optically, physically and chemically identical to their natural counterparts.
Lab diamonds are becoming more and more sought-after as an affordable alternative to mined diamonds. If you’re on a tight budget, a 0.50ct lab diamond will cost around 40% less than its natural equivalent while a 1ct lab stone could be purchased for up to 70% cheaper.
To create a lab diamond, scientists grow carbon atoms in an environment designed to replicate the pressures and temperatures millions of years ago that natural diamonds would have experienced. Once formed, these stones are chemically and visually identical to natural diamonds.
Lab diamonds are unlike simulated diamonds such as cubic zirconia or moissanite, which are true carbon crystals created through human technology and intelligence. This makes them an awe-inspiring choice for any jewellery design project.
Lily Arkwright offers lab diamond rings so you can buy with complete assurance, knowing your purchase is sustainable and ethically grown in a laboratory setting. The process uses small amounts of carbon from graphite or purified natural gas with little to no release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Comparatively, mining a single carat of diamond can take more than 80 tonnes from the Earth – with an often severe environmental impact. That is why we encourage our clients to make sustainable choices when selecting engagement rings and wedding bands.
Lab-grown diamonds are an increasingly attractive choice for eco-conscious consumers seeking the best purchase decision they can. Certified under the SCS 007 Jewelry Sustainability Standard, lab diamonds can be traced back to their source and ensure ethical stewardship throughout every stage of production – from mine to your fingertips.
Lab diamonds nz are artificial, scientifically engineered diamonds that look and act exactly like mined counterparts. They’re created using a small diamond seed which is placed into a controlled plasma reactor to grow into an entire diamond.
These diamonds are then graded using the traditional four C’s – Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat – just like natural mined diamonds. However, because these gemstones tend to be less expensive than their mined counterparts, they make great ethical purchases for shoppers.
Man-made diamonds use more energy than their mined counterparts, which could have an adverse effect on climate change if produced in countries heavily dependent on fossil fuels for electricity production such as China or India.
However, one company that exclusively grows commercial gem-quality diamonds using solar power is LVMH-owned LUSIX. Their sustainability-rated diamonds are certified by SCS-007 – a third-party certification body which guarantees they adhere to five pillars of sustainability including carbon neutrality and origin traceability.
Lab diamonds, cultured diamonds or man-made diamonds are chemically and physically identical gems created in a laboratory. Usually they’re grown by placing a diamond “seed” (small diamond) into carbon then subjecting it to high pressure and temperature or placing in a chamber of superheated gas that causes it to replicate and grow.
In a world where diamond reserves are rapidly diminishing, lab-grown gems offer an affordable option. They are conflict-free – meaning no mining takes place – and their purer nature usually results in prices up to 40% lower than mined diamonds.
As New Zealand’s leading jewellery wholesaler, JC Jewels Pty Ltd has collaborated with top laboratory-grown diamond suppliers to bring this beautiful option to a wider market. At present, they are the only wholesaler offering lab-grown diamonds in both Australia and New Zealand.