Are Lab-Grown Diamonds as Strong as Real Diamonds?

Close up of loose diamonds

At Blue Diamond Jeweler we carry both natural, mined diamonds along with lab-grown diamonds.  Our natural, mined diamonds are conflict-free and sourced only from certified ethical sources.  Our lab-grown diamonds are also sourced only from manufacturers who use the highest quality processes and the most environmentally friendly techniques.  Both our natural mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds are rated almost exclusively by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  Our goal is to provide the highest quality choices and let our customers explore their options. At Blue Diamond Jeweler we believe that clients, given the opportunity to leisurely spend time in a relaxed, comfortable, non-pressure space, will find that their intuition will organically guide them to the diamond that is perfect for them.

In the world of jewelry, diamonds have always held a special allure. They symbolize eternal love, strength, and beauty. Traditionally, diamonds were mined from deep within the earth, a process that not only required significant resources but also raised environmental and ethical concerns. However, at Blue Diamond Jeweler we only source with mining operation that maintain ethical business practices and reinvest in the environment to restore nature’s balance. 

We support mining companies that practice the highest standards of environmental stewardship.  In addition, with advancements in technology, lab-grown diamonds have emerged as a sustainable and ethical alternative. Yet, a common question persists among jewelry enthusiasts: Are lab-grown diamonds as strong as real diamonds?

To answer this question comprehensively, let's delve into the science behind diamonds and explore the similarities and differences between natural and lab-grown variants.

Understanding Diamond Structure:

Diamonds, whether natural or lab-grown, are composed of carbon atoms arranged in a crystal lattice structure. This structure is what gives diamonds their renowned hardness and durability. Diamonds are rated 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making them the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth.

Loose diamonds on display

The Process of Diamond Formation:

Natural diamonds are formed over millions of years deep within the earth's mantle under extreme heat and pressure. These geological processes result in the creation of diamonds that are then brought closer to the surface through volcanic activity. On the other hand, lab-grown diamonds are created in controlled environments using advanced technology that mimics the natural diamond-growing process. These lab-grown diamonds can be produced within weeks or months, depending on the desired size and quality.

Strength and Durability of Natural and Lab-Grown Diamonds:

In terms of strength and durability, lab-grown diamonds exhibit properties virtually identical to those of natural diamonds. Both variants are exceptionally hard and resistant to scratching, making them suitable for everyday wear in jewelry. Whether it's a lab-grown diamond or a natural one, you can expect your diamond to withstand the rigors of daily life with minimal risk of damage.

One might wonder, how can lab-grown diamonds be as strong as natural ones? The answer lies in their identical crystal lattice structures. Both types of diamonds share the same chemical composition and atomic arrangement, resulting in comparable levels of hardness and durability. This means that whether you opt for a natural or lab-grown diamond, you can trust in its ability to maintain its brilliance and withstand the tests of time.

Diamond Quality and Certification:

When it comes to assessing the quality of diamonds, both natural and lab-grown diamonds undergo rigorous testing and certification processes. Organizations like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) evaluate diamonds based on criteria such as color, clarity, cut, and carat weight, irrespective of their origin. This ensures that consumers can make informed decisions and have confidence in the diamonds they purchase, regardless of whether they are natural, or lab grown.

There are other certifying organizations besides the GIA.  They may have different standards of grading and rating diamonds.  Therefore, Blue Diamond Jeweler carries diamond almost exclusively rated by the GIA to insure the highest standards of value and quality.

Two Diamond Options

We have discovered that lab-grown diamonds are indeed as strong as natural diamonds. Their chemical composition and crystal structure are virtually indistinguishable, resulting in comparable levels of hardness and durability. Whether you choose a lab-grown diamond or a natural one, you can rest assured that your jewelry will retain its beauty and strength for generations to come.

In the ever-evolving landscape of the jewelry industry, both natural and lab-grown diamonds represent shining examples of innovation and progress. Lab-grown diamonds offer a sustainable and ethical alternative without compromising on quality or beauty, while natural diamonds carry their own unique allure and timeless elegance. So, the next time you're in the market for a dazzling diamond, consider the brilliance of both lab-grown and natural diamonds, appreciating the positive impact they can have on both your jewelry collection and the world around us. By embracing both options, you not only adorn yourself with exquisite beauty but also contribute to a more sustainable and ethical future.

The Blue Diamond Jeweler Way:

At Blue Diamond Jeweler, we understand that each piece of jewelry and every customer is unique. After spending time to build a relationship with the client, Blue Diamond staff will mindfully curate a collection specifically based on client’s preferences.  Through our experience we have learned that offering these choices lets our customers explore their options until the exact right gemstone emerges for them.

We know that some customers will have a strong preference for an ethically sourced natural, mined diamond, while other customers will prefer a lab-grown diamond as long as the processes used to create it are of the highest quality.

Regardless of the choice you make, with very few exceptions we sell stones inspected and graded by GIA.  We firmly believe when you see both in our showroom you will feel drawn to a particular stone that is the right one for you.  Therefore, we focus on providing a relaxed and warm environment where you can feel comfortable looking at natural and lab-grown diamonds and jewelry designs until you have found the perfect match.

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