We are seeing a growing interest in laboratory grown diamonds as an alternative to natural, mined diamonds.
Laboratory grown diamonds are chemically identical to their natural counterparts and have mostly identical properties, including the incredible lustre and brilliance and extreme hardness that natural diamonds are famous for. They don’t look or feel any different to natural diamonds and modern stones of fine quality are virtually impossible to distinguish from natural diamonds without advanced testing equipment.
The principal difference between natural and lab grown diamonds is in the way that they come into being. While natural diamonds occurred under natural forces deep within the earth millions of years ago, laboratory grown stones are created in weeks in factories, in machines using a seed crystal to initiate growth. People then cut and polish the crystal to produce a polished laboratory grown diamond.
A diamond simply referred to as “diamond” should always be a naturally created stone. All our diamonds stated as “diamond” on our receipts and online are natural diamonds and not laboratory grown.
We do everything within our power to make the origins of our diamonds clear to our customers, and prevent synthetic diamonds being mis-sold. We have an in-store diamond screening device which indicates if a stone presenting as a diamond is a laboratory grown or natural diamond.
We believe that both natural and laboratory grown diamonds are beautiful and encourage our customers to choose whatever type of stone is best for them.