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Lab Grown vs. Earth Mined Diamonds

We’re here to break down our most frequently asked questions about lab grown versus Earth mined diamonds. How they’re made, what’s the difference, how are they grown, and more. What sparkly decision is right for you? We think you can’t go wrong with either, but we hope that this guide will help you understand our love and appreciation for allll the diamonds.


WHAT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN LAB GROWN AND EARTH MINED DIAMONDS?

Price. The price difference for lab grown diamonds is considerably lower. A 1 carat diamond of the same cut, quality, and clarity that is Earth mined can cost anywhere from 20-40% more than a lab grown diamond. 

 

ARE LAB GROWN DIAMONDS CONSIDERED "REAL" DIAMONDS?

Absolutely! And Consider is not alone in recognizing their beauty. Reese Witherspoon, Drake, Kacey Musgraves and Emma Watson have all been spotted on the red carpet donning lab-grown diamonds. 


WHAT MAKES LABE GROWN DIAMONDS UNIQUE?

CTWF is proud to offer lab grown diamonds from Diamond Foundry. Located in San Francisco, they are the only carbon neutral diamond plant in the world. Powered exclusively by eco-friendly hydro and solar energies, all diamonds are ethically sourced and produced.

 


HOW ARE THE DIAMONDS GROWN IN THE LAB?

Mimicking Mother Nature's process, the lab starts with a thin slab of diamond and uses carbon and a plasma reactor that emits over 10,000 degrees of heat. Voila! A unique and rough diamond emerges that is anatomically identical to an Earth mined diamond. HERE is a video to see the Diamond Foundry lab and their incredible process.


DO LAB GROWN DIAMONDS HOLD THEIR VALUE?

This remains to be seen. As lab grown diamonds are fairly new on the market, only time will tell as to their valuation. But, we’re certain that with their identical properties - your investment is a safe and gorgeous one.


HOW ARE LAB GROWN DIAMONDS EVALUATED?

Like any other diamond! Optically they are exactly the same - both graded on the same Four C’s scale: Clarity, cut, color, and carat. In short, unless someone asks you: “Is that a lab grown or Earth mined diamond?” the difference is indistinguishable. ;) 

 

WHAT SHAPES OF LAB GROWN DIAMONDS DO YOU OFFER?

Almost any shape you can dream up. Custom cut, marquise, pear, round, emerald, oval - the sparkly options are endless.


ARE LAB GROWN DIAMONDS AVAILABLE IN ALL COLORS?

Currently, lab grown diamonds are grown in the white color scale. Our most popular color offerings are D to J, but we are happy to offer any color of your choosing. When it comes to clarity, we are typically working with SI (slightly included) and better. 


How will your diamond tell your love story? We guarantee that no matter what you choose, your beautiful stone will be curated and handcrafted into an heirloom-worthy piece to be enjoyed and worn for a lifetime and beyond. 


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