This article reveals key pointers to take note of if you are considering to get a lab grown diamond engagement ring…
#1- You will hear man made diamonds referred to with numerous names….
> Synthetic Diamonds- GIA likes to use this term because it is so scientific.
> Cultured Diamonds- Some of the man made diamond manufacturers are using this term.
> Man Made Diamonds- I just decided to use the term because it has a less clinical feel to it… I don’t think GIA will take my GG title away from me.
> Created Diamonds and Lab Created Diamonds- These are other terms you might hear.
Please Note: Some of the companies that make and or distribute Cubic Zirconias or some other diamond simulants will use these exact same terms. They will try to convince you that what they are offering is actually diamond but in reality it is not diamond…. please be careful. Read all the information very, very carefully.
I know that this can be very confusing because I need to look at it carefully myself! Natural diamonds are a bit expensive, as are man made diamonds…. if somebody is telling you that they can give you a diamond (or something that is “just as good as a diamond”) at a really super bargain price, I think you should start to become a bit suspicious! Check the wording of their offer very carefully.
#2- Man made diamonds have the same brilliance, luster, fire, hardness, refractive index, and specific gravity as natural diamond…. in other words, man made diamonds have the same chemical, optical, and physical properties as a natural diamond.
The only difference is where they were born and grew up. One took millions of years to grow up 100 miles below the surface of the Earth and the other grew up in about a week at a few hundred feet above sea level.
#3- Disclosure and detection are probably on the top the of list of concerns when it comes to man made diamonds. The man made diamond manufacturers here in the States are not hiding what they are doing and the are not out to “trick” anybody, actually they are quite proud of their products and are happy to put their name on what they produce. They along with the labs are laser inscribing the man made diamonds so that they are easy to identify.
The manufacturers are helping the labs stay up to speed as far as the technical knowledge needed to help in separation of natural and man made diamonds. Perhaps the biggest concern could be some product that is coming out of Russia and China that is not being clearly identified.
Because of any uncertainty about the origin of a diamond…. this will only reinforce the idea that it is always a good idea that you have a diamond grading report from a well respected lab.
#4- It looks like man made diamonds are here to stay…. and their non-blingy uses will continue to grow in the future. Increasing research will expand the use of man made diamonds in the fields of medical care, especially in prosthetic and surgery, in computer technology, acoustic, and communication instrumentation, and many others. There has been the stone age, the bronze age, and now the diamond age.
#5- GIA’s grading reports for man made diamonds offers most of the same information as their grading report for natural diamonds…. however a more general, simplified description of color and clarity is provided.
The man made diamond’s girdle is laser inscribed with the report number and a statement on the report that the stone is laboratory grown. Additionally, the report itself looks distinctly different from those issued for natural diamonds.
If you would like to see an interesting 2 min. video showing a HPHT man made diamond being cut and graded then click on this link and a small pop up window will show you the video. If this link is not working, please make sure Java Script is enabled.