Lab Grown Diamonds in Atlanta | Learn everything you need to know about Lab Created Diamonds in Atlanta from Tom Ross. Tom is Diamond Certified by both the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and AGS (American Gem Society), two of the most respected credential granting authorities in the world. Tom welcomes all of your questions about Lab Grown/Lab Created diamonds and he provides you with accuate black and white answrers to all of your questions. You are invited to call or email him with any questions you might have.
Atlanta Lab Created Diamonds | If you are considering a diamond purchase, you are likely to be offered a choice when it comes to choosing your diamond. That choice might be between natural diamonds, which originate in the earth, and lab-grown diamonds, which are man-made. These diamonds are called by many names such as “laboratory grown”, “lab created”, “cultured”, “cultivated”, “synthetic”, and “simulated” diamonds.
Knowing the Difference | Natural and created diamonds will be offered at very different prices. Lab created diamonds are less than natural diamonds, but they are not inexpensive. So, for that reason, it is important to know and understand the differences between a natural diamond and lab-grown diamond before you make a purchase.
Natural Diamonds | A Natural diamond is created by nature and is composed mostly of the element carbon with its atoms arranged in a crystal structure. Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth and the process under which it is formed in nature is well known to jewelers and diamond dealers. Natural diamonds were formed on average around 100 miles below the Earth’s surface from 1 to 3 billion years ago, they are older than life on Earth. They form under the conditions of extreme heat and pressure inside the Earth that causes the carbon atoms to crystalize. Millions of years ago, ancient volcanoes deep in the Earth blasted toward the surface, trapping diamonds in their lava and bringing them close enough to the surface to be discovered.
Lab Created Diamonds | As noted, lab-grown diamonds are man-made and share the chemical and optical properties of natural diamonds. However, creation differs. Lab grown diamonds are produced in laboratories in approximately 2-3 weeks using one of two methods for industrial purposes – HPHT and CVD. These methods artificially replicate natural conditions found in the Earth, forcing carbon atoms into a crystal structure. More recently, technology improvements have allowed factories to produce lab created diamonds in qualities that allow for uses beyond industrial. They are now produced in gem quality and virtually every recognized GIA or AGS grade.
Who Will Know? | The truth about "lab created" diamonds is that no one is likely to be able to determine the difference between them and a "natural" diamond other than a trained expert using specialized equipment designed to detect them. So, it is extremely unlikely that you will ever encounter anyone who will have a clue that the lab created diamond you might be wearing is not a natural diamond. Long story short, the decision about whether to buy a natural diamond or one that is lab created is entirely yours to make. And, there are very good reasons to purchase either. Ultimately, you should educate yourself and make your purchase based on personal reasons. Either diamond will be absolutely beautiful.
If you have any questions, you can contact Tom Ross for help and/or guidance.