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Lab Grown
Diamonds

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We carry a large selection of certified Lab Grown Diamonds

Have a look at our inventory of Lab Diamonds in Vancouver by clicking the link below.

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Lab Grown vs. Diamond Simulants

It is important to note the major distinction between lab diamonds and diamond simulants. Diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, look similar to diamonds but are not true carbon crystals. Simulants do not have the same chemical and physical properties as natural diamonds and therefore sell at much lower prices than man made diamonds. In diamond industry simulants can be distinguished from natural or lab grown diamonds using only the naked eye. Natural and lab grown diamonds have thermal conductivity properties that differentiate them from cubic zirconia with a handheld diamond tester. Some lab diamonds, along with some natural colored diamonds, may be mistakenly identified as moissanites when using certain diamond testers due to similarity in their electrical conductivity.

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Lab Created vs. Natural Diamonds

Our lab grown diamonds or conflict free diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, and exhibit the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. Using a jewelry loupe, man made diamonds are impossible to differentiate from natural diamonds created during billions of years. Lab created diamonds or clarity enhanced diamonds may exhibit different trace elements than natural diamonds that do not affect the appearance of the diamond. Lab grown diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds only with tests using specialized equipment. Concerning enhanced diamonds for sale. Lab made diamonds made by diamond producers for lab grown diamond rings in Canada available for purchase should always come with a gem certification identifying them as laboratory grown.

How Do They Make Lab-Grown Diamonds?

Like other industries, the diamond industry is constantly innovating and adapting. Many decades ago, people depended on finding rough diamonds in diamond mines. Today, we have laboratories that can simulate the growing process of diamonds.

How the Diamond Growing Process Works

Each laboratory-created diamond is grown by placing a diamond ‘seed’ into a chamber of heat and pressure. This chamber mimics the natural process of growing diamonds.

Crystallization occurs, allowing the lab-grown diamond to mature within six to ten weeks. Next, laser drills cut the stone. Afterwards, world-renowned labs polish and grade these stones.

These labs also certify earth-mined diamonds. Having only one source to grade and certify diamonds ensures excellent quality control. It also ensures that the standard remains consistent for all diamonds that enter the market.

Diamond laboratories commonly use this technique. It will be the same technique used for any lab-grown diamonds in Vancouver.

Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD)

Chemical Vapour Deposition, or CVD, is a process that creates gem-grade diamonds. It also produces optics and semiconductors. The CVD process uses ultra-pure carbon-rich gasses in a controlled chamber.

The process heats carbon-based gasses, such as methane, until they break apart. It allows the carbon atoms within the gas to separate. These tiny carbon atoms fall onto a diamond substrate and build up layers. As they build up, they create a raw diamond crystal.

This process takes six to ten weeks and yields gem-grade Type II-A diamonds.

Variations to CVD

More people have become aware of CVD in recent years, thanks to research. Today, labs use modified versions of CVD. These processes differ in how they initiate chemical reactions. Some variations of the CVD process include:

- Low-pressure CVD (LPCVD) Ultrahigh vacuum CVD (UHVCVD)

- Plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD)

- Microwave Plasma Vapour Deposition (MPCVD)

- Ultrahigh vacuum CVD (UHVCVD)

How Long Does It Take to Grow Lab-Created Diamonds?

It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to grow a diamond. Each stone that comes from a diamond lab has a grading report.

Often, diamond labs create a 1ct polished gemstone. This stone size is just about perfect for lab-diamond engagement rings and generic diamond rings.

Cutting and polishing may take another 4-8 weeks, especially for a lab-diamond ring. The longer a rough diamond stays in the reactor, the greater chance of developing more inclusions or cracks.

How to Determine if a Diamond Is Natural or Lab-Grown

One glance at a diamond isn’t enough to determine if a diamond is natural or lab-grown. The naked eye can never see the differences between a lab-grown and natural diamond.

You need to go to a diamond expert to find out if a diamond is natural or man-made. They have the tools and training necessary to determine which is which.

The biggest determiner is the presence or absence of nitrogen. Lab-grown diamonds don’t have nitrogen in their composition. Meanwhile, natural diamonds have minute quantities of the element.

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Real Diamonds?

Absolutely! Lab-grown and natural diamonds are both real diamonds. A diamond that comes from a lab isn’t a fake or imitation.

Remember that lab-created diamonds still have the same composition as natural diamonds. These man-made diamonds have the same hardness rating and durability as natural diamonds. The only difference is their origins and how long it took them to form.

Why Buy Lab-Grown Diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are more affordable than natural diamonds. Guaranteed origins or sources is another reason to buy lab-grown diamonds. They are also conflict-free diamonds. Because the diamonds come from a lab, they are less likely to be products of war, human rights violations, child labour, or the weapons trade.

Another reason to get the best lab-grown diamonds Vancouver has to offer is that they’re eco-friendly. You can even get various coloured diamonds now, thanks to the technology used in modern diamond labs. They’re a perfect choice if you prefer to buy a guilt-free engagement ring.

Now, you know how Vancouver lab-grown diamonds came to be. Next time you go shopping for a diamond ring, you’ll be more aware of diamond origins and sources.