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Demystifying the synthetic diamond

Demystifying the synthetic diamond

A diamond is a diamond. There are no real or fake diamonds. The laboratory grown diamond, has the same properties as a natural diamond. Both are a crystalline form of carbon. The first was born in a laboratory, while the other is naturaly created over thousands of years, but they both meet the 4 criteria for evaluating a diamond.

The 4 criteria for evaluating a diamond

  1. Cut
  2. Carat
  3. Color
  4. Clarity 

Diamonds are the hardest  precious stones, scoring 10/10 on the Mohs scale. It has low compressibility, is chemically inert, resists corrosion and is beautiful. Especially when it is pure. 

The creation of the laboratory diamond

Although several chemists had been working on it for almost a century, the artificial creation of the first stone is attributed to Tracy Hall, an American physical chemist. Working for General Electrics, he invented a machine that artificially reproduced the conditions in which diamonds are created. A bit of graphite, a blast of heat, enormous pressure and the stones are there. Although the first stones were mainly used in the industrial and high-tech sectors, synthetic diamonds have since been refined and have gradually entered the field of jewellery. Today, there are two techniques for creating these synthetic diamonds: the HPHT method (High Pressure High Temperature) and the CVD technique (Chemical Vapour Deposition).

What is the value of a synthetic diamond?

The value of a laboratory-created diamond varies. It is approximately 30% to 50% less expensive than a natural diamond. 

Laboratory-grown diamonds, a fashionable stone.

Critics will tell you that a stone created in a laboratory in a few days is not as exceptional as a stone forged by nature over thousands of years. Yet it is literally impossible to see the difference with the naked eye, even with traditional gemological equipment. It is fair to say that synthetic diamondsare on a roll these days. Several major brands are looking to reach a younger audience that is aware of the environmental damage caused by gem mining. These customers want to consume products where they know the traceability, production methods and environmental impact of the product, whether in the food, clothing or luxury goods sectors. Even the traditionally more conservative European and Chinese markets are becoming increasingly interested in synthetic diamonds.

It is a matter of choice.

At Flamme en rose, we make our jewellery with both natural Canadian diamonds and synthetic diamonds. We also offer moissanite from Charles & Colvard, a stone that is almost ten times less expensive than a diamond and is comparable to it with the naked eye. Above all,we choose ethical stones and manufacture our jewellery inan ecologically responsiblemanner. Are you ready to make your choice?

Get an online consultation with one of our jewellers today.