The only thing that makes lab grown diamonds Australia different from a natural Diamond is its origin. A laboratory created Diamond is created within a laboratory using state-of-the-art technology that replicates the natural growth process of the Diamond. The result is a Diamond that is chemically, physically and optically the same as those that grow under the surface of the Earth. Synthetic Diamonds have the same physical and chemical properties as a mined Diamond.
How are synthetic diamonds created?
They are created using the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) method. A CVD Diamond starts out as a thin slice of Diamond seed. The Diamond seed is placed in a sealed chamber and heated to around 800 degrees centigrade. The chamber is filled with a carbon-rich gas, such as methane and other gases. The gases are ionized into plasma using technology similar to that of microwaves or lasers. Ionization breaks the molecular bonds in gases, and the pure carbon sticks to the Diamond seed and slowly crystallizes.
How are synthetic diamonds certified and rated?
Synthetic Diamonds are classified and certified using the same process as mined Diamonds. Diamonds are sent to a gem lab that specializes in sorting Diamonds. Most of these labs qualify with the 4Cs. The most popular Diamond certification laboratories are: Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and International Gemology Institute (IGI). The Diamond grading process is approximately the same for all Diamond certification laboratories. Each Diamond is independently qualified by various gemologists in the laboratory. Individual grades are compiled and analyzed to determine the final grade. A Diamond is evaluated using the 4Cs – cut, clarity, color and carat. Basically, they judge the Diamond by how well it has been cut from its raw shape to a jewel, by its color, clarity and size.
Synthetic Diamonds Benefits
The price of synthetic diamonds tends to be lower than that of mined diamonds. Therefore, you can buy a larger Diamond with the same characteristics. Mined Diamonds have a long supply chain. Converting a Rough Diamond to a ready-to-sell gem requires miners, dealers, cutters, polishers, jewelry makers, and retailers. On the other hand, the Diamonds supply chain created by the lab is much shorter by skipping the mining process. Environmentally sustainable, the extraction of Diamonds has a significant impact on the environment. Diamond mining companies are fully aware of that impact and have taken steps to try to minimize the effect they have on the ecosystems that surround them. Lab-created Diamonds are inherently and significantly less damaging to the environment, as it takes considerably less energy to grow a Diamond in a lab than to extract it from the ground.
Synthetic diamond prices
The price of synthetic diamond is between 10 and 100 times lower than the price of a natural diamond. This is good news for the public and for the industry, but not for luxury jewelry. In this way, high jewelry can compete with synthetic diamond jewelry designs at prices much more accessible to all. World famous jewelry brands are using lab-grown diamonds these days at affordable prices.