I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had someone come in and describe their perfect diamond, only to find out that it would cost more than their budget allows. This can be a serious bummer. We get it. You’re not diamond specialists. But at Bay Area Diamond Company, we are! So we’ve investigated options, educated ourselves and now offer alternatives that are far less costly. Don’t worry, we still go to Antwerp, Belgium twice a year to pick from the best cut diamonds in the world. But now you can also select a lab grown diamond for up to 30% less money.
What is a lab grown diamond?
A lab grown diamond has the same physical, chemical and optical properties as a mined diamond. The only difference is their origin. Grown diamonds are created with advanced technology using High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).
What is the difference between a lab grown diamond and a diamond mined from the earth?
Both types of diamonds are made of a single element: carbon. On average, a diamond is typically 99.95% pure carbon. The other 0.05% can include one or more trace elements, or impurities, which are atoms that aren’t part of the diamond’s essential chemistry. In nature, less than 2% of the world’s mined diamonds are almost or entirely devoid of impurities. These extremely rare flawless or internally flawless diamonds are very valuable and expensive. Because of the controlled methods used to make them, all white and pink lab grown diamonds fall into this category.
What are the benefits of owning a lab grown diamond?
Lab grown diamond from Bay Area Diamond Company are from a guaranteed origin with full disclosure and are the guaranteed to be conflict-free. They are proudly grown in a technologically advanced facility using modest amounts of energy with little impact to the environment and are therefore eco-friendly. They are grown in a way that does not undermine the sustainability of the environment, allowing future generations to have the natural resources they need.
Do lab grown diamonds look different than mined diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds in their makeup, their performance and their looks. The only difference is their origin and the price. Lab grown diamonds are typically 25-30% less money than mined diamonds.
How will I know if I’m buying a lab grown diamond or not?
At Bay Area Diamond Company, our diamonds are clearly marked so you will know which ones are lab grown and which ones are not. Lab grown diamonds come with reports (certificates) from leading independent gemological labs just as mined diamonds sometimes do. The unique report number of each certified diamond is laser-inscribed on the girdle of the stone. We are experienced in buying, selling and working on lab grown diamonds, so you can feel comfortable buying one from us.
Do lab grown diamonds need special handling?
No. It is still a diamond, so it has the same hardness and can be used in jewelry using the same methods as a mined diamond. It will not wear any differently; you would use the same precautions with it as you would with any other diamond.
What options are available in lab grown diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are available in all shapes and sizes from melee up to 5 carats and above, all ranges on the color scale and all clarities. In addition, lab grown diamonds can occur in natural fancy colors such as pink and yellow. Because they grow in the same way as a diamond grows in the earth, the rough comes in varying grades just like naturally occurring diamonds. Trained diamond sorters separate gem quality diamonds from industrial quality diamonds.
If you have any other questions about lab grown diamonds, please stop in and talk to any of our trained sales associates today.