Lab-Created Diamonds: the Ultimate Guide


Lab-Created Diamonds are Real Diamonds

Lab-created, lab-grown, or synthetic diamonds have the same optical, physical, and chemical properties as their mined counterparts. The only significant difference between a lab-created and mined diamond is that one forms in a controlled environment in a laboratory, the other forms over time in the uncontrolled environment of the Earth. Both lab-created and natural diamonds are real diamonds.

Note that diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, differ from both lab-created and mined diamonds. These gem materials have different properties than diamonds. Though they may resemble or “simulate” the appearance of diamonds, they are not diamonds.

“Get That Ice or Else No Dice”

To understand what’s the same and what’s different between a lab-grown gem and a natural gem, think of ice. You can create ice in your freezer or scrape some off your driveway (in the winter). Both pieces would constitute real ice. Both consist of frozen water. However, cutting a chunk of ice off your driveway takes some time and physical effort. Ice is ice, but you may still want to take some extra time to find a piece you’d like to put in your drink. Not …

Premium Article

This is a Premium Article. Please become a member to read this entire article and gain access to hundreds more like it.

Membership options

Full Article Details


Content Length 1366 words
Reading time 6 min 50 sec

Here's what you get if you unlock this article:

  • Lab-Created Diamonds are Real Diamonds
  • "Get That Ice or Else No Dice"
  • Myths About Lab-Created Diamonds
    • MYTH #1: Mined Diamonds are Rare, While Lab-Created Diamonds are Common
    • MYTH #2: Mined Diamonds Hold Their Value, Unlike Lab-Created Diamonds
    • MYTH #3: Since Lab-Created Diamonds Require a lot of Energy to Produce, They’re Not Good for the Environment
  • The Advantages of Purchasing Lab-Created Diamonds
    • Price
    • Cut
    • Size
  • Advice for Evaluating Lab-Created Diamonds
  • Advice for Buying Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry

Plus, additional member-only benefits:

  • Exclusive access to other premium articles and courses
  • Unlimited access to our gem pricing guide
  • Participate in our member-only forums
Membership options