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What is a Lab Grown Diamond?
Lab grown diamonds are a new source of diamonds grown above the earth. They are identical to diamonds extracted from below the earth physically, chemically, and optically. Science has developed an advanced technology to grow diamonds in a controlled environment. This process does not require mining or digging. Lab Grown diamonds replicate all the carbon chemical and physical characteristics of a mined diamond. They are chemically, optically and physically identical. Hand-cut and hand-faceted with specific techniques to yield stones with optical properties and symmetry and graded by the very same carat, clarity, color and cut specifications as mined diamonds, lab grown diamonds are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Because of the reduced costs to produce rough material lab grown diamonds are significantly lower priced than mined diamonds. Diamond grading reports written by leading independent gemological institutes and certified appraisers are available for lab grown diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are every bit as beautiful, brilliant, and durable as their mined counterparts. Lab Grown Diamonds are Diamonds!

How does a diamond grow in a lab?
A tiny piece of diamond (seed) or slice of substrate is placed under extremely high pressure and temperature. The carbon atoms are deposited layer by layer over a period of 8 to 10 weeks until they reach a sufficient size suitable for jewelry. The new diamond is cleaned, cut, and polished; just like rough mined diamonds from the earth.

Is a lab grown diamond a "real" diamond?
Yes, scientists worldwide and all diamond grading laboratories have subjected lab grown diamonds to rigorous testing and undertaken many studies to ascertain that lab grown diamonds are indeed identical to mined diamonds. Diamonds - whether lab grown or mined - are made of pure carbon containing only SP3 type carbon bonds (tetrahedral bonds) in the cubic crystal structure. The only difference is the way they are sourced. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): "A diamond is a mineral consisting essentially of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric system." Additionally, the word "natural" has been eliminated from its definition. Both lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds have IDENTICAL carbon structures. In essence, a diamond is a diamond regardless of whether it is grown in a lab or comes out of the ground.

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