LAB OR NATURAL??
Ethical and Sustainable.
Nowadays, lab diamonds have become a popular choice for many jewellery lovers. Lab diamonds, also known as lab-grown or lab-created diamonds, are made in a lab setting and possess almost all the same characteristics as natural diamonds. These lab-created stones are an ethical and sustainable alternative to mined diamonds, and with the increasing popularity of lab diamonds, they have become a go-to choice for Millennials who want diamond pieces that won't break the bank.
Lab diamonds offer a stunning look at a fraction of the cost. With more and more people opting for lab over natural diamonds when shopping for their engagement ring, my business has turned 99% lab! So if you’re looking to make a sparkling statement without breaking your budget, lab diamonds are definitely worth checking out!
HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE LAB VS NATURAL?
Lab and natural diamonds are chemically and physically the same! There are 3 ways to differentiate them and the differences are due to the different growth process.
Different types of Inclusions
A skilled eye can tell from the difference in the types of inclusion.
Inscription on The Diamond's Girdle
The word LAB is inscribed on the girdle which can only seen with a microscope.
UV Light Machine From GIA GIA iD100®
Lab and natural react differently to a specific UV frequency. The GIA iD100® is one such tool that can be used.
The 4 Cs
Diamond Clarity is based on the absence of Inclusions or Blemishes. Diamonds are formed with a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes'. The greater the absence of inclusions or blemishes, the higher the value of the diamond.
VVS+ recommended for lab, VS for natural.
Typically, a diamond is graded based on the absence of colour. The diamond colour-grading system measures the degree of colourlessness.
D is recommended for lab.
Diamond Cut is based on the precise workmanship to fashion a diamond for its proportions, symmetry and polish to deliver the magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond.
Ideal recommended for lab.
The diamond carat weight measures the apparent size of the diamond.
1 Carat is equivalent to 200mg.