Natural vs. Lab-Grown Diamonds
If you’re searching for a diamond, one of the first questions you might ask in this technologically advanced day and age is “Should I opt for a lab-grown or natural diamond?”
It’s natural to wonder about this, considering all the press lab-grown diamonds have been getting lately. Today let’s talk about the difference between these two types of diamonds and how you should go about choosing between them.
Technology for creating lab-grown diamonds is driven by governments’ defense industries, which are aiming to create strategic military innovations. Also known as synthetic diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are created either by applying tremendous amounts of pressure and heat to a small diamond “seed” and a carbon source that adheres around it, or by depositing carbon from a gas mixture onto a prepared surface.
Supplies of lab-grown diamonds have increased rapidly in recent years, with over 10,000 machines in China alone already producing diamonds. It is estimated that lab-grown diamond prices will fall by at least 50 percent every 18 to 24 months due to stiff competition in lab-grown diamond production, which creates an over-large supply.
Currently, the natural diamond mining industry employs 1.5 million miners and supports their families’ livelihood, which rely on the continued sale of natural diamonds. Natural diamonds are also scarce, which enables them to sustain their value over time.
While lab-grown diamonds may look like their natural counterparts, they lack the long, long history of natural diamonds (which were created billions of years ago) that symbolizes the permanence of love and commitment. Women prefer rare and valuable stones that signify lifelong devotion, and we don’t blame them. For this reason, many people choose to go with natural diamonds.
Of course, natural diamonds do bring the risk of unethical mining practices. If you want to ensure your diamonds are conflict-free, you can check their status and buy with confidence thereafter.