Our exclusive “Fresh Diamond” is an above ground diamond (Lab grown) with top of the chart ratings in brilliance and fire. In addition our “Fresh Diamond” is conflict free with a meticulous cut at a fraction of the price. Meaning you can also get a larger diamond within your budget and make a more ethical and environmentally friendly purchase.
Not all diamonds are the same. At first glance, two diamonds compared may look very similar, but there may be enormous differences in rarity and value. With varying degrees of competency between jewelers and their diamond grading, how do you know how to find the best value?
Our exclusive “Fresh Diamond”, on the other hand, MUST have ALL grades that meet or exceed the following: H color, SI2 clarity, and GIA Excellent or Very Good cut. These are the reasons we know our “Fresh Diamond” is a “cut above the rest”. Contact us today to see what we can find for you. All diamonds sold will come with a report of its make and quality.
Along with our “Fresh Diamond” we also sell responsibly sourced below ground diamonds (Mined Diamonds) following the Kimberley process so you can know your diamond is clean and socially responsible.
All the gold we use is sourced responsibly with our suppliers. We even cast all our rings with at least 50% recycled gold, taking care of the earth is one of our primary goals so we are doing all we can to reduce our ecological footprint and provide you with a one of a kind experience in your custom jewelry process.
Yes, they are real, the only thing that makes a lab-created diamond different from a mined diamond is its origin. A lab-created diamond is “grown” inside a lab using cutting-edge technology that replicates the natural diamond growing process. The result is a man-made diamond that is chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown beneath the earth’s surface.
“[Lab-created diamonds] are not fakes. They’re not cubic zirconias. They have all the same physical and chemical properties of a mined diamond.” Stephen Morisseau, a spokesman for the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that oversees the international diamond grading system. Source
If we compare them to other popular diamond simulants, it’s obvious that manufactured diamonds, in fact, are the real deal.
Another frequent question we get is, “Can you spot the difference between lab-created diamonds and “real” diamonds?”
To the naked eye it’s impossible to distinguish a lab-grown diamond from a mined diamond. It’s highly unlikely that a jeweler – even one that is highly skilled – could determine if a diamond is lab-grown or mined.
While there are processes that can identify one from the other, it is incredibly complex and is typically only performed in diamond certification labs. So the answer is no – you can’t tell the difference between a lab-grown diamond and a mined diamond.
How is it Possible to “Grow” Real Diamonds in a Lab?
Before we talk about how lab-created diamonds are made, it’s important to understand how mined diamonds are formed. The processes are extremely similar – only one happens naturally while the other occurs in a lab.
Geologists know that diamonds formed deep within the earth’s core between 1 billion to 3 billion years ago. While they don’t know exactly how those diamonds came to be, they believe the process starts with carbon dioxide that is buried roughly 100 miles beneath the Earth’s surface.
The carbon dioxide is exposed to heat in excess of 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and put under extreme pressure of roughly 727,000 pounds per square inch. The diamonds are then transported from deep within the earth’s core to the surface by way of deep volcanic explosions.
There are two processes labs use to grow diamonds – High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).
HPHT diamonds are made using one of three manufacturing processes: a belt press, the cubic press, and the split-sphere (BARS) press. All these processes create an environment of extremely high pressure and temperature conducive to diamond growth.
An HPHT diamond begins as a small diamond seed that is placed into carbon. Using one of the manufacturing processes above, the seed is exposed to temperatures of about 1,500 degrees Celsius and pressurized to approximately 1.5 million pounds per square inch.
The pure carbon melts and starts to form a diamond around the starter seed. It is then carefully cooled to form a pure carbon diamond.
A CVD diamond begins as a thin slice of diamond seed, which is often an HPHT produced diamond. The diamond seed is placed in a sealed chamber and heated to around 800 degrees Celsius.
The chamber is filled with a carbon rich-gas, like methane, and other gases. The gases are ionized into plasma using technology similar to that of microwaves or lasers. The ionization breaks the molecular bonds in the gases, and the pure carbon adheres to the diamond seed and slowly crystallizes.
Lab Grown vs Mined
How Much Does Your Lab-Grown Diamond Impact the Environment?
Jewelry that betters the world around you. That’s lab-grown diamonds in a nutshell.
Not only do man-made stones offer the same clarity and quality as mined ones, but they’re created in a way that’s more sustainable, more eco-friendly and better in the long-term for the environment. They also cut out the perilous and conflict-provoking mining industry that’s been the subject of so many movies and tales (see Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blood Diamond, as an example.)
But those are just sweeping statements. What’s the real impact of buying a lab-grown diamond? Exactly how much does it help the world when compared to traditional, mined diamonds?
Effects on The Earth
1ct of mined diamond = nearly 100 sq. ft of disturbed land & almost 6,000 lbs. of mineral waste. 1ct of lab-grown diamonds disrupt just 0.07 sq. ft of land & only 1 lb. of mineral waste.
Effects on People
All in all, mined diamonds result in 1 injury for every 1,000 workers annually, while lab-grown diamonds result in zero injuries.
Effects on Your Wallet
Lab-grown diamonds can be anywhere from 30-40% less expensive than mined diamonds. This means you can purchase a larger diamond within the same budget while also reducing your ecological footprint on earth. Shop our fresh diamonds!