If you love the look and feel of diamonds, but you aren’t a fan of the price tag or risk of carrying around such a valuable piece, you should consider man-made or “lab-created” diamonds. Lab-created diamonds are beautiful in their own right, and choosing to buy lab-grown diamonds has many benefits. In fact, man-made diamonds are becoming a more and more popular alternative to natural diamonds.
Here at Michael’s Jewelers in Yardley, as well as Fairless Hills, PA, you can buy lab-grown diamonds of the highest quality. Read on to learn more about what exactly a lab-grown diamond is, as well as how to buy lab-grown diamonds at our jewelry shop.
A lab-grown diamond is not a facsimile of a natural diamond. Rather, it is an actual diamond, just produced via man-made technology rather than natural processes occurring in the earth over thousands of years.
Labs use either a process called HPHT (high pressure-high temperature) or CVD (chemical vapor deposition) to create diamonds.
As their name suggests, HPHT diamonds are made using high pressure and temperature to stimulate diamond growth. First, a tiny diamond seed is placed into carbon. Then, it is heated to about 1500 degrees Celsius (over 2700 degrees Fahrenheit) and simultaneously pressurized at around 1.5 million PSI (pounds per square inch). This heating and pressurizing process can be done with a belt press, a split-sphere “BARS” press, or a cubic press, depending on how the lab operates. After the diamond begins to form around the seed, the mixture is cooled down to create a diamond made from pure carbon.
CVD diamonds are also made from a small diamond seed but begin life as a much thinner slice, often a slice taken from a diamond already made from HPHT. First, the seed is sealed into a chamber before being heated to over 800 degrees Celsius (around 1500 degrees Fahrenheit). Then, gasses that are full of carbon, such as methane gas, are introduced into the chamber. Next, these gasses are converted into plasma via ionization. As this ionization breaks down bonds in the gas molecules, the carbon that comes out begins to bond to the diamond seed, crystalizing into a pure carbon diamond.
Yes, lab-grown diamonds are often up to 50-60% less expensive than natural diamonds. This makes them an attractive alternative for people who love diamonds but also love a great deal.
Lab-grown diamonds are certified and graded much similar to natural diamonds and evaluated based on the 4 C’s: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat.
All of our lab-grown diamonds are Type IIA, the most valued and purest of all diamonds. Only 2% of natural or “mined” diamonds are Type IIA. In addition, all lab-grown diamonds will come with an IGI Certification.
Yes. Lab-grown diamonds have resale value; they just will not necessarily fetch the same prices as natural diamonds on the resale market. You can always come in and have us evaluate a piece’s value for you; we would be happy to help you assess the worth of your jewelry.
No. The average person, and even some more inexperienced jewelers, will have no idea that you are wearing a lab-grown diamond. They are indistinguishable to the untrained eye. In fact, some lab-grown diamonds have needed geologist analysis to determine their origin.
Many people dream of being proposed to with a huge, sparkling diamond engagement ring — or proposing to their partner with one. However, diamonds can be pricey. While we pride ourselves on our financing options, everyone has a budget they want to stick to when they’re shopping. Lab-grown diamonds are an affordable alternative to traditional natural diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds still offer the same showstopping sparkle and shine as natural diamonds, and they create a stunning look whether they’re used for earrings, on necklaces, or set into rings.
Lab-grown diamonds are a fantastic asset to any of our custom-designed engagement rings. They can be shaped more freely than natural diamonds as there is less risk of wasting material, and the process is also simpler and quicker, meaning your custom-designed engagement ring may have a shorter turnaround time.
If you’ve decided to buy lab-grown diamonds, only trust the absolute best of the best with your hard-earned money: Michael’s Jewelers! Contact us or visit our Bucks County stores in Yardley and Fairless Hills, PA. We hope to see you soon!