Category: Diamonds

The Difference Between Lab Diamonds and Real Diamonds

You might be surprised to learn that lab created diamonds can be just as beautiful and sparkly as real diamonds. You might also be surprised to learn that there is such a thing as lab created or simulated diamonds.

There are some significant differences between the two, but either could be a good choice depending on your unique situation and preferences. 

The Bottom Line

Lab diamonds are created in a laboratory. It’s that simple. Natural or real diamonds are created in the earth by heat and pressure over many years. The only chemical difference is that lab diamonds contain a miniscule amount of nitrogen, and real diamonds do not. 

Know What You Are Buying

A reputable jeweler will not pass off a lab diamond as a natural diamond. Ask to see the certification for any diamond you are considering.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does consider lab diamonds to be real diamonds but stipulates that jewelers disclose to customers at the beginning of the description that they are not mined diamonds. 

If Price Is No Option

A real diamond will command a higher price. Diamonds are rare compared to lab created versions even though they may look identical. And maybe for your budget, a lab diamond is the better option. Also, make sure you know the preference of your special girl or guy.

Even more than in the initial purchase price, the price difference will be seen in the resale value.  Currently, the resale value of a lab created diamond is a fraction of the original purchase price because of the unlimited availability and less demand. That will likely always be the case. 

None The Wiser

If price is your main concern and you are happy with a lab created diamond, then go for it. Your friends and family will still admire your beautiful stone and won’t even know the difference. 

Natural diamonds are sought after because of their uniqueness and authenticity. A lab diamond, while beautiful, most likely won’t be passed down as an heirloom. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t be treasured for its sentimental value in your family. Our staff has over 200 years of combined experience — let us help you find the perfect beautiful, sparkling diamond.

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