When searching for the right diamond for you or your fiance, you’ll have lab-grown and natural diamonds to choose from. Choosing which diamond is for you is a personal decision, but we want you to have all the facts.
Are Lab grown diamonds real?
Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds in every way. Lab-grown diamonds share identical chemical properties with natural diamonds and it is impossible to tell them apart with the naked eye. Only specialized equipment can tell them apart and both diamonds have the same sparkle and reflect light exactly the same brilliant way.
How lab grown diamonds are made
Lab-grown diamonds, which are also referred to as engineered or cultured, are created using high pressure, high-temperature machines and take up to three months to produce. Learn more about how lab-grown diamonds are made.
Natural diamonds at Helzberg are ethically mined deep from the earth’s mantle. They are incredibly rare, making them a bit more expensive than lab grown diamonds. At Helzberg, we also follow the Kimberley Process to ensure our diamonds are always conflict free.
Lab grown vs natural diamonds
When you’re doing a side-by-side comparison of lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds, you may be swayed by the fact that lab grown diamonds look identical but cost an average of 30% less. Those who have a set budget are often pleased they can get a more carats for less money when they go with lab-grown diamonds.
Still, for some, the rarity of natural diamonds is what makes them so special. They’re attracted to the romanticism of a diamond that was produced as one of earth’s amazing treasures. It’s truly up to each individual to decide if they’re more interested in where something came from or what they end up with in the end.
How to choose a lab grown diamond
For both lab grown and natural diamonds, our recommendations for how to choose a diamond are the same. You’ll want to think about the four C’s, your budget or payment plan options, and the shape of the diamond you prefer. You may also think about the metal and metal tone you want to pair your diamond with, and how you might pair it with other jewelry pieces (such as pairing an engagement ring and wedding band). In the end, it all comes down to what makes the wearer feel loved.