What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Whenever she pulls out her credit card, grabs her keys, or even holds her coffee mug in public, she makes sure that her diamond-adorned ring finger catches every eye. She’s proud of the ring she’s sporting. There’s no shame in her game.

The part you might not know? Her ring is half the price of a regular diamond ring. That’s because it’s not an earth-mined diamond.

(Shhh–tell her don’t worry; we won’t tell.)

She’s a proud owner of lab grown diamonds, which are growing in popularity in the United States. The market for these stones was near 5% in 2020 — up from under 1% before 2018.

If you’re shopping for diamond jewelry, it might be time for you to jump on the lab grown diamond bandwagon. Here’s everything you need to know about these beautiful stones.

Let’s jump in!

What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Diamonds that are naturally occurring are typically formed beneath the surface of the earth. Pressure and intense heat cause carbon to become rearranged atomically. Then, a diamond is formed.

However, the origin of a lab grown diamond can be found right in its name: a lab. The lab diamond creation process involves placing a thin diamond slice into a vacuum. There, the diamond is essentially grown, after which it can be cut and then polished.

Color and Durability of Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds look like natural diamonds, so admirers and experts generally aren’t able to tell the difference between the two.

When it comes to durability, lab grown stones are as hard as natural diamonds are as they are chemically the same. That’s because both types of diamonds are made of carbon. For this reason, you don’t ever have to worry about chipping a lab grown diamond more than you would a naturally mined diamond.

Prices of Lab Grown Diamonds

One of the biggest differences between lab grown diamonds and their natural counterparts is that lab grown diamonds can be as much as 50% less expensive.

This is true for a few reasons. First, different supply chains control lab grown and natural diamonds. Second, technological advances allow lab grown diamonds to be crafted more efficiently with a superior crystal.

In addition, a natural diamond is rare, and the amount of ore required to mine a 1ct diamond is extensive. This immediately drives up the prices of natural diamonds.

How We Can Help

At Gems of La Costa, we are proud to have an extensive inventory of lab grown diamonds.

We have more than three decades of experience in the gemological field. For this reason, you can trust us to help you to choose the right quality and size for your dream diamond ring.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about our wide selection of diamond rings, and get ready to purchase diamonds that you’ll fall in love with over and over again!