NATURAL DIAMONDS VS. LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS & DIAMOND ALTERNATIVES
Publish Date: October 20, 2020
A diamond is the world’s most enduring symbol of love. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary or making an everyday moment sparkle, there are now more ways than ever to find the diamond that tells your unique story. Today, lab-grown diamonds and diamond alternatives are growing in popularity as more affordable options to natural diamonds.
Learn more about the differences between natural diamonds and lab-created diamonds, and explore some of the most popular diamond alternatives, so you can find the diamond option that’s right for you.
NATURAL VS. LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS: CORE DIFFERENCES
Lab-created diamonds (also referred to as lab-grown or man-made diamonds) possess the same optical, chemical, and physical properties as a natural diamond. To the untrained eye, the differences between natural and lab-created diamonds are virtually indistinguishable. What sets them apart, however, are their origin and the time they took to form.
Natural diamonds are formed over billions of years deep below the earth’s surface, under extreme pressure and high temperature. They rise and become accessible by volcanic eruption.
Lab-created diamonds are produced in a lab within weeks or months, using specialized technology that mimics the extreme heat and pressure of a natural diamond’s growing environment.
A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON
Find out how natural diamonds and lab-created diamonds compare, so you can decide which option is right for you.
|KAY Diamond Comparison||Natural Diamonds||Lab-Created Diamonds|
|Is it a Diamond?||Yes||Yes|
|Primary Chemical Composition||Carbon||Carbon|
|Source||The Earth||A Laboratory|
|Time to Create||1 to 3 Billion Years||Several Weeks to Months|
|Supply/Rarity||Finite and Rare||Unknown at this Time|
|KAY Responsible Sourcing Commitment||Yes||Yes|
|Industry Sourcing Standards Established||Yes||In Development|
|Included in the Lifetime Diamond Commitment||Yes||Yes|
|Eligible for Trade-In||Yes||No|
|Price Comparison (of comparable quality and size)||$$$||$$|
|*Select styles & carat weights|
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EXPLORING DIAMOND ALTERNATIVES
While diamond alternatives (also known as diamond simulants) are made to look like the real deal, they have very different chemical and physical properties. As their name implies, simulant diamonds merely imitate the appearance of a diamond, and generally do not possess the same level of brilliance or durability as natural or lab-created diamonds. However, diamond alternatives are an excellent budget-friendly option.
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