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Why is a grown diamond cheaper?

Lab-grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular. They decorate wedding and engagement rings, earrings and necklaces. They are bought as a gift or just for fun. Lab-grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular. They decorate wedding and engagement rings, earrings and necklaces. They are bought as a gift or just for fun. The reason for such popularity is its affordable price and unique properties. Externally, it is impossible to distinguish a lab-grown diamond from a natural one. Even jewelers and appraisers may need special equipment to tell the difference. And the price of a laboratory diamond is much cheaper. IQ Diamonds creates custom engagement rings, wedding rings and stunning jewelry using natural and lab-grown diamonds. Our collection includes thousands of certified diamonds of different cuts, weights and carats. We create unique pieces with lab-grown diamonds for special people.

Features of a lab-grown diamond

Before we get into the benefits of buying a lab-grown diamond, let’s understand the characteristics of these stones. Real. Diamonds grown in a laboratory are as real as natural ones. They have nothing in common with diamond simulants such as moissanite or cubic zirconia. With the same chemical composition. These stones are created using the same chemical processes and conditions that occur in the natural environment. The difference is that you don’t have to wait 800 million to 3 billion years for a diamond of the right size to grow; you can get exactly the same stone in 3 weeks. Visually one-on-one, like natural. Lab-grown stones have the same visual, physical and chemical characteristics as natural diamonds. The only difference is that these stones are formed in a strictly controlled laboratory environment.

1. Perfect brightness and clarity

Lab-grown diamonds are physically identical to natural diamonds. They have the same cut, size and even design. However, lab-grown diamonds do not contain the inclusions that are often found in naturally occurring diamonds. You get a cleaner, brighter, almost perfect stone that shimmers in the sun with billions of sparks and does not fade over time.

2. Diamond of any color

Colored natural diamonds of the right size and shape are expensive and almost impossible to find. Laboratory-grown diamonds are another matter. IQ Diamonds can create any size pink, yellow or blue diamond. Perfectly colored, blemish-free stones sell for much more reasonable prices than their natural counterparts. Moreover, at IQ Diamonds you can order a stone of any shape and size to order. You no longer need to adjust the design to the shape of the stone – you can grow the perfect diamond from scratch without inclusions or voids.

3. More stone for less money

A lab-grown diamond is approximately 40% less expensive than a mined diamond of the same cut, clarity and size. The reason lab-grown diamonds cost 40% less than mined diamonds is not because they are lower quality (in fact, they are higher quality than 97% of mined diamonds), but because the chain deliveries are much shorter. With a lower price, you can choose your dream engagement ring and stay within your budget. Or surprise your beloved and give her a ring with a much larger stone than she dreams of.

4. Smart spending

The money you save on wedding and engagement rings can be spent on something else: wedding arrangements or a honeymoon. You can even start your married life with a holiday at a higher class hotel.

5. Diamonds are environmentally friendly and ethical

Traditionally mined diamonds destroy the ecosystem; history is full of examples when children and slaves were brought in to mine diamonds. Laboratory-grown diamonds are a different matter: no bloody history, no impact on the Earth’s landscape. Lab-grown diamonds are the trend of the decade. To choose IQ Diamonds jewelry, go to the website where you can view ready-made models and sign up for an online showing. IQ Diamonds is a leading luxury diamond jewelry manufacturer, creating custom engagement rings, wedding rings and diamond jewelry. Don’t forget to follow IQ Diamonds on (social media) to be the first to know about new models. of your page –>

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IQ Diamonds is the No. 1 company in Russia for creating jewelry with laboratory-grown diamonds. Account number in the Assay Chamber of the Russian Federation IP7803011746 dated 03.09.2021/XNUMX/XNUMX The first diamonds were produced in laboratory conditions back in the 1930s. The experiments of the 1950s turned out to be successful, but then the stones were only technical. For a long time, the synthetic diamond industry served the needs of industry: laboratory stones replaced natural ones in semiconductors and various tools that required high precision or strength.

History

Jewelers did not attach any importance to these “pseudo-stones”, because the first samples were cloudy and brownish-yellow. However, the technology developed (largely thanks to Soviet scientists), and by the 1970s there was a noticeable increase in artificially grown diamonds. Although they were still intended for industrial needs, successfully replacing expensive and rare natural diamonds. Now in the industrial sphere they make up 95% of the market and are used in quantum technologies and atomic units. Our time has already become a turning point, the post-2000s, when technologists learned to create flawless crystals, indistinguishable from natural ones according to the traditionally accepted 4C characteristics. In the mid-2010s, several high-profile scandals occurred when manufacturers who decided to test large quantities of rough diamonds discovered a record amount of synthetic diamonds in them. The jewelers were wary. However, the cheapness of new stones compared to old, natural ones did its job: soon marketing, which had previously disparaged artificial stones, on the contrary, began to extol them.

New reality

In 2018, in the United States, sellers were allowed not to differentiate between natural and lab-grown diamonds (unscrupulous sellers take advantage of this, without indicating that the stone in the product is synthetic, so always ask for a certificate). At the same time, De Beers, a de facto global monopolist in diamond mining (up to 90% of the market), opened a line of synthetic stones – the Lightbox Jewelry line. Thus, the label “fake” was finally removed from laboratory diamonds, almost equalizing their rights with natural ones. An artificial diamond is produced under conditions close to natural ones. Engineers use highly sophisticated instruments to imitate the natural environment, pumping up high pressures and colossal temperatures. Only with this combination of carbon particles are new stones obtained. After all, in essence, a diamond is the same coal, only with a fundamentally different crystal lattice, the alignment of which is precisely determined by the given conditions. The first technology was named accordingly – HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature), high pressure and high temperature, translated into Russian. In the late 1980s, it was added to the second technology currently in use, known as CVD, Chemical vapor deposition. The authors were Soviet scientists, but at the end of the USSR there was no time for innovation, and American entrepreneurs bought the promising development. CVD works by growing a crystal: under the influence of microwaves or a laser, a substance changes from a gaseous state to a matter state, and a stone is born from carbon particles. If in nature the formation of a diamond takes years and decades, then in laboratory conditions the stones grow “by leaps and bounds” – to reach a noticeable size, a few weeks are enough for them.

Main players

There are still only a couple of dozen companies that produce artificial diamonds, since few can afford the machines themselves. But those who invested in them did not make a mistake: after all, unlike exhaustible veins and mines, these resources are of the rank of infinite. You can produce as many stones as you need and within a specified time frame. The largest producers are located in the USA, China and Russia.

Nowadays, using a laboratory method, it is possible to obtain stones of excellent characteristics (they have even learned to obtain stones of fancy colors, which are traditionally more expensive than colorless ones) up to 5 carats. The leader in the production of artificial diamonds is the American company Diamond Foundry, an almost monopolist of the market. The owners of this ambitious startup, which is destroying the market for traditional stones, include the co-founder of Facebook, the creator of Twitter, and even the actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who turned out to be a successful investor. In Russia, promising developments are being implemented in Sestroretsk, where New Diamond Technologies is based. The domestic “diamond factory” creates stones using HPHT technology, granite itself, and supplies ready-made jewelry inserts, both colorless and fancy.

Should you buy test tube diamonds?

Why are test tube stones so attractive? Outwardly, they are indistinguishable from natural ones, and cost half as much. To detect the difference, you need to take the stone to a laboratory, which, in turn, must have super-precise equipment. One such machine costs from $75 thousand, and there are not many of them.

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Defenders of natural stones insist that artificial ones are at least not an investment, not to mention the emotional component. Now they have undermined the market for natural stones, the prices of which have fallen. But in the future they will devalue themselves. After all, unlike natural diamonds, these stones are more than a renewable resource, which means that the “rarity” criterion does not apply to them. Even large stones of impeccable characteristics, if there are millions of them, tomorrow will cost several times cheaper than you bought them today.

This means that if you are thinking about buying lab-grown diamonds, wait for them to drop in price several times more: this will happen in the near future.

Ethics and ecology

At the same time, in the case of synthetic stones, the ethical problem of extraction is removed. Thus, African deposits, which supply the lion’s share of natural diamonds, are famous for the use of child labor and appalling conditions for workers. It’s not for nothing that these stones are called bloody – behind them there is a hundred-year history of civil strife and wars. The fact of ethical production of laboratory stones is emphasized by ideologists of synthetic companies aimed mainly at millennials, for whom concern for the environment is one of the main criteria for choosing a particular product. However, this argument is also dubious. When producing diamonds in a laboratory, a huge amount of electricity is consumed. They can be called “ethical” stones, but certainly not “eco-friendly”.

Who will win?

Will artificial diamonds replace natural ones? Most likely, as with pearls, a natural division will occur: cultured stones will become the norm for mass products and expensive jewelry, while natural ones will go into the collection category. Jewelry with natural diamonds will cost millions, ending up in the collections of rare connoisseurs, mainly from the Forbes list.

But you can’t help but wonder: would girls want to receive a test tube diamond engagement ring as a gift? It’s hard to imagine for now, but the future will tell.

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