Lab grown diamonds are becoming more and more popular in the world of luxury jewelry, with consumers showing an increased interest in these stones. But how can you tell if what you’re buying is real or fake? This guide will help you understand how lab grown diamonds are made, and how to spot them on the market so that you can get what you want at the best price possible.
Caring For Lab Grown Diamonds
Lab grown diamonds are extremely difficult to tell apart from mined stones. To ensure that you have purchased an authentic, non-lab stone, we recommend that you care for your diamond with one of these. If a professional jeweler tells you not to clean your stone with soap or dish detergent, they’re probably referring to a CVD diamond. Never use harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia as they will damage your stone and shorten its lifespan.
Do not use any type of ultrasonic cleaner on your diamond as ultrasonic vibrations will damage CVD facets (although sonic cleaners do work on mined diamonds). Store your gemstone out of direct sunlight when it’s not being worn. Try not to expose your lab-grown diamond to excessive heat, as it can cause yellowing. A simple jewelry box should suffice if you’re concerned about damaging your stone while storing it away. In short: keep your CVD diamonds safe and sound! If you take good care of it, chances are that many people won’t even be able to tell whether or not it was created in a laboratory!
Understanding Carat Weight
As with many aspects of a diamond, when it comes to carat weight there are trade-offs. While one might want a smaller and more secure stone, another buyer might be drawn to a larger gem that commands attention in its setting or an earring. Ultimately, determining carat weight rests on your personal preferences and price range. Always do your research and find out as much as you can about CVD Diamonds before making a purchase.
The more educated you are about what you’re buying, the happier you will be with your purchase in years to come. If you have any questions about how to choose a particular size or type of diamond, feel free to contact us at any time. We’ll be happy to help! CVD diamonds look and act like real diamonds, but they’re not. They’re made in a laboratory by replicating some of nature’s most powerful processes using high pressure and temperature (HPHT). This process creates a material similar to that found inside natural mined diamonds but without environmental impact. HPHT technology has been around for over 50 years, used primarily for industrial applications such as jet engine blades and drill bits. More recently it has been used to create industrial-grade synthetic gems such as cubic zirconia (aka fake moissanite) for jewelry use.
Understand Cut Quality
With most gemstones, cut is what determines their sparkle. But in the case of CVD-grown diamonds, it’s their chemical composition and crystal perfection that determine how they shine. In other words, cut only plays a role in determining how reflective a diamond will be, but not its overall brilliance. For example, certain imperfections in CVD diamonds are more obvious because they tend to reflect less light than flawless natural or mined lab created diamonds. To truly appreciate a CVD diamond’s appearance requires special instruments that measure its cut quality.
These instruments can tell you if your stone has microscopic cracks or impurities like boron. It’s important to note that even though CVD diamonds are chemically identical to mined diamonds, there can still be some differences in their chemical composition due to slight variations during production. This means there could be slight differences between two stones with identical physical characteristics (like color, clarity and carat). However, these differences will often go undetected by the naked eye. Therefore, it is difficult for consumers to distinguish between a CVD diamond and one that was mined from the earth using traditional methods. And while there might be slight differences between them under a microscope (and sometimes even with the naked eye), these won’t affect their value or beauty in any way!
The Four C’s
Diamonds are valuable because they are rare, but that doesn’t mean synthetic diamonds aren’t also impressive. Just like their natural counterparts, synthetic (aka lab-grown) diamond jewelry is beautiful and impressive — as long as you get a high-quality product. When it comes to choosing between CVD diamonds and mined diamonds, there’s no right or wrong answer: in our opinion, these two choices require drastically different priorities when it comes to deciding which one to purchase. The factors you should use in making your choice include carat weight, cut, clarity and color.
Things To Avoid
There are certain things that you should look out for when purchasing CVD Diamonds. Many lab grown diamonds are also treated with radiation or heat to improve color and clarity. This makes them undesirable if you’re looking for natural, clear white stones or colored stones. Lab-grown stones also tend to be less valuable due to their lower hardness than mined diamonds. So, be careful not to pay too much, since many synthetic diamond distributors try to scam you by increasing prices on a low-quality product and saying it’s real, high-quality carbonado (but there is no such thing as high-quality carbonado). Also, make sure your CVD diamond comes from a reputable source—not all labs have proper standards in place to ensure they aren’t producing poor quality diamonds. One lab even had its certificate revoked after producing poor quality diamonds and claiming they were high-quality ones! Be wary of these scams and do your research before making any purchases!
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