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Posted on October 2, 2014 3:27 pm
Did the title already confuse you? Let’s start this article off by saying the two are completely different. While the names might cause you to lump them into the same category, this is simply not the case. There is a big difference between lab-created diamonds and synthetic diamonds.
Lab-created diamonds undergo the same process as natural diamonds. It’s just happening in a lab instead of the earth. They aren’t ‘fake’ or ‘imitations’ as some might say. The earth simply doesn’t make enough diamonds to keep up with the demand.
Synthetic diamonds are more commonly known as cubic zirconia, white sapphires or moissanite. It’s quite a stretch to call them diamonds at all. This is why they’re cheaper and lack the brilliance of a real diamond. It’s because they are completely artificial.
Labeling lab-created diamonds as synthetic leads consumers to believe they are buying a gem that isn’t real. The fact is, man-made diamonds have a bad rap when in reality, they’re compositionally equal to natural, mined diamonds. They are identical chemically and physically.
It is perfectly acceptable to ask your jeweler if their diamonds are mined or lab-created. Just know that whatever the answer may be, your diamond ring, necklace or any other piece of jewelry has the same value whether lab-created or nature made.
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