The Rivalry between Lab-Made and Natural Diamonds

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The market of diamonds has changed radically in the past few years. Today, if you walk into a family-run jewelry store, you will be given a choice in gems that was deemed profoundly unusual before. Your choices in diamonds now would be those that are from under the ground and those from above it.

Diamonds as we know it formed under the earth through years of exposure to extreme geological conditions. Diamond companies extract these diamonds through various labor and cost-intensive mining techniques that, aside from being the only means of exploiting these minerals, are also inarguably unfriendly to the ecosystem. This enormous cost of extraction when piled up with marketing cost and industry manipulation becomes a steep figure. That drives up the mysticism surrounding these sparkling gems making them seem rare.

Now let’s talk man-made diamonds. These above ground versions we are talking about are not imitation diamonds. Nor are they a variant of moissanite and cubic zirconia. These diamonds are optically, chemically and structurally identical to their underground cousins. Only that these ones were made in laboratories.

Synthetic diamonds were first produced over half a decade back in the 1950s. So, what took them so long to be brought to the front of the line? The refinement of quality. Up until a couple decades, the manmade versions weren’t so very appealing, which made them products for the polishing and cutting industry. But the same diamonds today have improved so much aesthetically that they are now a coveted variety of diamonds in the jewelry industry which accepts only the best.

At the jewelers’, synthetic diamonds are labeled clearly so as to distinguish them from natural diamonds. Without tagging, the two are inseparable in a collection. It’s the cost that draws the line between them. Grown diamonds as they are often called cost customers about 40% less than mined ones.

The producers of man-made diamonds are using the environment-friendliness of their products as a promotional trope to call out to the potential customers. This has worked well, as the eco-conscious section of the market, most of which are millennials are now the biggest takers of these diamonds. People who are for saving money and being green are embracing these diamonds with great enthusiasm.

With similar properties as mined diamonds, these are mirror images of the real version. The only way they are different is in their crystal patterns which owing to their different growing processes are distinguishable from the natural ones.  

Like diamonds, synthetic rubies too were manufactured in a lab. It was the late 1800s when a French chemist called Auguste Verneuil synthesized rubies in his laboratory. His process was implemented to produce sapphires later on. Cultured pearls too have been around for many years now. So, it is only a matter of time that manmade diamonds gain purchase in the stores.

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