Lab Grown Diamonds vs Natural: Your Complete Guide to Making an Informed Choice

Lab Grown Diamonds vs Natural: Your Complete Guide to Making an Informed Choice

By James Marsh AKA The Main Man

Introduction: Sparkling Beginnings

Sometimes, the things we treasure most are not just valued for their physical attributes but for the stories they carry, the emotions they evoke, and the conversations they spark. 

There’s a certain charm in knowing the journey of a diamond, from being a mere carbon speck to becoming a symbol of enduring beauty. It’s this very journey that often leaves us pondering: Which shines brighter? The allure of the natural or the marvel of the man-made?

In the bustling lanes of London’s historic jewellery heart, I’ve had countless discussions with both enthusiasts and sceptics, each conversation weaving a richer tapestry of perspectives on lab-grown and natural diamonds. 

And it’s from these dialogues, from the heart of tradition mixed with innovation, that I bring you this guide.

Our goal here isn't just to inform; it’s to journey together through the nuanced landscape of diamonds, exploring not only their physical radiance but also the ethical, emotional, and economic facets that accompany the choice between lab-grown and natural. 

Why This Matters

In an era where sustainability and ethical choices are no longer optional but a collective responsibility, the diamond industry stands at a crucial crossroads. 

The choice between lab-grown and natural diamonds encapsulates this broader debate, extending beyond personal aesthetics or finances to touch upon deeper themes of environmental stewardship and ethical consumption.

 The Aim of This Post

This post is your map through the maze of misinformation and biases, aiming to shed some light (or perhaps, sparkle) on the subject of lab-grown vs natural diamonds.

Grounded in facts yet narrated with warmth, we'll delve into the essence of what makes each type of diamond special, addressing common myths and uncovering the reality behind the sparkle.

Whether you lean towards the enchanting history of natural diamonds unearthed from the deepest layers of the earth, or you’re captivated by the innovative brilliance of diamonds crafted above ground, this guide aspires to present you with unvarnished truths, enabling you to make a choice that resonates with your values and beliefs.

As we navigate through this exploration, remember: the beauty of a diamond isn't just in its gleam but in the joy and meaning it brings to its bearer. So, let’s embark on this journey with open minds and perhaps discover that the true sparkle lies not in the origin of the diamond but in the promise it represents.

So, grab your cup of tea, find a cosy spot, and let’s demystify the world of diamonds together. After all, understanding the facets of these precious stones might just be the beginning of crafting your own story, one that’s as unique and timeless as the diamond itself.

 Lab Grown Diamonds | Blackwell Jewellers

 Unearthing the Facts - What Are Natural and Lab Grown Diamonds?

Ever marvel at a diamond’s sparkle and wonder, “How did this little dazzler end up here?” Whether it’s catching the light on your finger or glinting from a passerby’s earlobe, every diamond has a tale to tell. And oh, what stories they are – full of adventure, science, and a bit of stardust. So, let's crack open the storybook on these sparkly wonders.

Natural Diamonds: The Earth’s Glitter

Imagine Mother Nature, with her infinite patience, cooking up something special. She takes a bit of carbon, applies a pinch of pressure (okay, a lot of pressure), and heats it up over a casual few billion years. The result? A natural diamond, ready to be discovered and adored.

Natural diamonds are born deep within the Earth's mantle, about 100 miles underground. It’s here that they’ve been hanging out, under extreme heat and pressure, making them as tough as, well, a piece of diamond. When volcanic eruptions occur, these diamonds hitch a ride to the surface via magma highways, nestling into what we call kimberlite pipes, waiting to be discovered.

The allure of natural diamonds isn't just in their beauty but their journey – a testament to time, endurance, and the wonders of nature. And just when you thought it couldn’t get more poetic, each natural diamond is as unique as a fingerprint, their imperfections telling tales of their epic journey from the depths to the dazzle.

Lab Grown Diamonds | Bexleyheath

Lab Grown Diamonds: A Spark of Genius

Now, enter the scene: human ingenuity. Why wait a billion years when we’ve got science on our side?

Lab-grown diamonds are like the fast-forward version of their natural cousins, created in environments that mimic the Earth’s diamond-making conditions, but above ground and in a fraction of the time.

These sparklers are born from a tiny carbon seed placed in a chamber simulating the high-pressure, high-temperature conditions, or via a method that involves breaking methane into its atomic bonds, coating the seed in pure carbon, layer by layer. The result?

A diamond that’s every bit as real, sparkly, and carbon-composed as the ones found in nature.

Highlight: Twins Separated at Birth?

Here’s a fun fact to drop at parties: Both natural and lab-grown diamonds are made of pure carbon. They share the same physical, chemical, and optical properties, making them virtually indistinguishable to the naked eye. The only real difference?

Their birthplace.

So, whether a diamond was born from the belly of the Earth or the brilliance of human innovation, each twinkling gem carries its own magic. As we delve deeper into their worlds, remember: the choice between natural and lab-grown isn’t about right or wrong but about understanding and preference.

Lab Grown Diamonds | Blackwell Jewellers Gravesend

Cutting Through the Myths - Lab Grown vs Natural Diamonds

If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then myths are that friend’s dramatic cousin who always has a story to tell at family gatherings. It’s time to set the record straight, especially when it comes to choosing between lab-grown and natural diamonds. So, let’s dive into some myth-busting, shall we?

Myth #1: "Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Basically Fancy Cubic Zirconia"

Hold up! This myth is about as real as a three-dollar bill. Lab-grown diamonds are not cubic zirconia. They’re not Moissanite. They’re not "almost diamonds." Lab-grown diamonds are diamonds. Full stop. Remember our talk about carbon? Both lab-grown and natural diamonds are made of the same stuff. The only difference is their zip code – where they grew up.

Myth #2: "Lab-Grown Diamonds Don’t Hold Their Value"

This myth is like saying your left hand isn’t as good as your right. The truth is, the value of a diamond – whether lab-grown or mined – isn’t just about its resale price. It’s about the moments it commemorates, the stories it tells, and yes, the sparkle it brings to your life.

And let's be real, very few people buy diamonds as an investment thinking they're the next Warren Buffet. Diamonds are about sentiment, not stock markets.

Warren Buffet

Reality Check: The Investment Myth

Speaking of investments, let’s chat about this nugget: "Natural diamonds are a better investment." Now, unless you’re planning on being featured on a reality show for diamond collectors, the investment angle is a bit shiny but not solid.

Here’s the deal – the vast majority of diamonds, lab-grown or natural, aren’t going to be your retirement plan. Diamonds are not like gold or stocks. Their value doesn’t fluctuate in the markets daily. Purchasing a diamond should be about the emotional or aesthetic value it brings to your life, not its potential financial return.

No Significant Differences Except for Origin and Price

Now, for the heart of the matter. When you strip away the myths and marketing, both lab-grown and natural diamonds are essentially identical twins separated at birth. They both dazzle, they both symbolize love and commitment, and they both last forever.

The real differences? How they’re made and how much they’ll set you back at the checkout. Lab-grown diamonds offer a more wallet-friendly option without compromising on quality or beauty. And let’s not forget the environmental and ethical considerations, which might tip the scales for the eco-conscious among us.

The Bottom Line

In the end, whether you fall for the earth-crafted charm of natural diamonds or the modern marvel of lab-grown ones, your choice should sparkle with what matters most to you. Diamonds, in all their forms, capture our imaginations and adorn our lives with a bit of magic.

And isn’t a bit of magic what we’re all looking for?

A Glance under the Loupe - The Differences That Matter

Now that we've gotten cosy with the origins of these sparkling beauties, let's pop the hood (or should we say, the loupe) and examine the bits that really shine through – the origin and the price. And while we’re at it, imagine a visually appealing infographic that draws this all together in a way that even a magpie couldn't resist.

Origin: A Tale of Two Birthplaces

First up, let's chat about where these diamonds call home. It's like choosing a vintage wine based on its vineyard; the origin story adds to the allure.

Natural diamonds are the globetrotters of gemstones. They start their journey deep within the Earth's mantle, only seeing the light of day thanks to volcanoes that thought it’d be nice to share these treasures. After being unearthed in places as diverse as Russia, Botswana, or Canada, they take a trip around the world, getting cut, polished, and eventually finding their way into your jewellery box.

Lab-grown diamonds, on the other hand, are born from modern alchemy. Imagine sleek, high-tech labs where science geeks get to play god, creating diamonds that are every bit as real as their natural cousins. These sparklers are the brainchild of human innovation, conjured up in controlled environments that replicate the Earth's natural diamond-producing conditions.

Lab Grown Diamonds | Blackwell Jewellers Maidstone

Price: Let’s Talk Numbers

Ah, the question on everyone’s lips: What’s it going to cost me? When it comes to diamonds, whether they’re going to be nestled in an engagement ring or glittering from a pair of statement earrings, price plays a pivotal role in the decision-making process.

Natural diamonds have long been the poster child for opulence and splendour, and their price tag often reflects that reputation. Factors like rarity, labour, and the extensive journey from mine to market contribute to their costlier price point.

Lab-grown diamonds are like the savvy shopper’s best-kept secret. Since their journey from carbon to sparkle doesn't involve moving mountains (literally), they tend to be kinder to your wallet. On average, lab-grown diamonds are about 50% cheaper than their natural counterparts. This isn't because they're "less than" in any way, but rather because their birth process is more efficient and less resource-intensive.

Lab Grown Diamonds | Blackwell Jewellers Gravesend

 Ethical and Personal Beliefs - Guiding Your Choice

In a world increasingly conscious of the impact of every purchase, choosing a diamond has become more than just a matter of carats and cuts. It's about aligning what's sparkling on your finger with what lies in your heart. 

And trust me, navigating the maze of ethical considerations can feel like deciding what to watch on Netflix—overwhelming with a chance of just giving up and going to bed. But it's crucial, so let's chat about it.

Environmental Impact: No Small Rock Left Unturned

First off, the environment. We all share this big, beautiful rock we call home, and how we choose to adorn ourselves shouldn't cost the earth—literally. Natural diamonds, while undeniably stunning, come with a heavy toll on the planet.

 From the energy required to extract them to the disruption of ecosystems, the sparkle can sometimes be overshadowed by its carbon footprint.

Enter lab-grown diamonds, the eco-friendlier alternative. These gems are akin to recycling, but instead of turning plastic bottles into park benches, we're using advanced technology to create beauty without the bulldozers. The reduced environmental impact of lab-grown diamonds doesn't mean they're without footprint, but it's like comparing a stroll in the park to a marathon run when it comes to their effects on the Earth.

Labour Practices: Knowing Who Made Your Bling

Then, there's the human element. The journey of a natural diamond from the depths of the earth to the display case can sometimes be murky, entangled in labour practices that can make you wince.

 While significant strides have been made to clean up the industry (shout out to the Kimberley Process), ensuring that every natural diamond is ethically sourced remains a Herculean task.

Lab-grown diamonds offer a more transparent path, with conditions you’re more likely to find in a tech start-up than a mine. It's not just about the end product but about respecting the hands that craft it—from carbon to clarity.

Ethical Diamonds | Blackwell Jewellers

James Marsh's Philosophy: Guiding, Not Convincing

Now, I'll let you in on a little secret of mine, something close to my heart. When I’m not waxing poetic about diamonds, I spend my days as your friendly neighbourhood jeweller, guiding folks through these very decisions.

And here’s my north star: guiding based on beliefs, not convincing based on bias.

Whether you’re drawn to the allure of natural diamonds for their millennia-old legacy, or you’re championing lab-grown diamonds for their forward-thinking sustainability, the choice is deeply personal.

 My job?

 It’s not to tell you what should sparkle brightest for you but to help you find that sparkle that aligns with your values, your ethics, and your story.

Because, at the end of the day, every diamond—be it lab-grown or plucked from the earth—carries a story. And your story, like your beliefs, is yours to write. 

So, whether you lean towards the old-school charm of natural diamonds or the innovative brilliance of lab-grown gems, remember: the best choice is the one that’s right for you.

James Marsh | Blackwell Jewellers

Shining Examples - Blackwell Jewellers' Lab Grown and Natural Diamond Collections

In the realm of diamonds, myths are many but facts are what matter most. At Blackwell Jewellers, we cater to both the traditionalists and the innovators in the diamond world. Let’s look at what sets our lab-grown and natural diamond collections apart, without the fluff.

Lab Grown Diamond Essentials

Our lab-grown diamond earrings are a nod to the future. Crafted using advanced technology, these pieces offer the sparkle of traditional diamonds at a more accessible price point. They're designed for those who value both innovation and affordability.

Natural Diamond Classics

On the other side of the spectrum are our natural diamond earrings. These gems have journeyed from the Earth’s mantle to our showcases. They appeal to those who find romance in the diamond’s natural origins and are willing to invest in this timeless piece of Earth’s legacy.

The Making

Whether it's a lab-grown or a natural diamond, our crafting process doesn't discriminate. Expertise and precision are our guiding principles. From the initial design to the final setting, every piece undergoes a thorough process to ensure it meets Blackwell Jewellers' standards of quality and durability.

Quality Over Everything

At Blackwell, every diamond, irrespective of its origin, is assured of purity and quality. Our rigorous selection process ensures only the best gems make it into our collections. It’s not just about selling a piece of jewellery; it’s about maintaining a legacy of trust and excellence.

Your Choice, Your Values

Deciding between a lab-grown and a natural diamond is a personal choice, influenced by factors like budget, ethics, and taste. Our role is to provide information and options without bias. Whether you’re drawn to the lab-grown diamond for its value and eco-friendly appeal or you cherish the natural diamond for its traditional allure and rarity, Blackwell Jewellers offers exemplary choices in both categories.

Lab Grown Diamond Hoops | Blackwell Jewellers


Conclusion: The Power Is Yours - Educating for Informed Choices

Well, we've journeyed through the sparkly trenches of the diamond world together, peeked behind the curtain of myths, and emerged—hopefully—more enlightened on the other side. 

The aim here wasn’t to dazzle you with fancy terms or sway you with a bias so thick you could spread it on toast.

 Nope. It was all about shedding some light on the rock stars of the jewellery world: lab-grown and natural diamonds.

But since you’ve stuck with me this far, let’s be frank—we’re leaning a bit towards our lab-grown champions.

 Why, you ask?

 Not because they dazzle any less or mean any less. But because, on this page, we’re all about celebrating the blend of technology and tradition that these gems epitomize. 

And maybe, just maybe, because they allow you to keep a bit more of that hard-earned cash in your pocket.

The real hero of this story?

 Your freedom to decide. Whether your choice is guided by an ethical compass that points towards the more eco-friendly option, a budget that smiles brighter at the price tag of lab-grown diamonds, or simply a curiosity about the innovation behind them, it’s all good.

At Blackwell Jewellers, we're not just selling diamonds; we're offering choices. Our collection of lab-grown diamonds is here to start conversations, turn heads, and perhaps even shift perspectives. They're here to fit not just your finger, but your values, your beliefs, and your unique narrative.

So, there you have it. A no-frills, straightforward, and hopefully slightly entertaining romp through the world of diamonds. If you’re curious, intrigued, or ready to dive deeper into the lab-grown diamond pool, we’re here.

 Blackwell Jewellers isn’t just about selling you a piece of jewellery. It’s about helping you make informed choices that sparkle with personal significance.

Remember, in the world of diamonds, as in life, the power of choice is yours. Choose wisely, choose boldly, and maybe, choose lab-grown. After all, a diamond might be forever, but the decision?

 That’s all on you.

Thank you


FAQs: Clarifying Your Sparkling Queries

What exactly are lab-grown diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are the real deal, just like their natural counterparts, except they're created in controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes. These processes mimic the natural conditions under which diamonds develop underground, resulting in gems that possess the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds.

Do lab-grown diamonds really cost less? Why?

Yes, lab-grown diamonds tend to be more wallet-friendly, generally costing about 40-50% less than natural diamonds. This price difference is due to the more straightforward and less resource-intensive production process, which doesn’t involve mining and has fewer transportation and excavation costs.

Can I tell the difference between lab-grown and natural diamonds?

To the naked eye, telling apart a lab-grown diamond from a natural one is virtually impossible. They share the same sparkle, hardness, and overall appearance. Only professional gemmologists can distinguish between them using specialized equipment.

Are natural diamonds a better investment than lab-grown?

The idea of diamonds as a financial investment is a bit of a myth; they're more of an emotional or symbolic investment. While natural diamonds have traditionally held their value over time better than lab-grown diamonds, neither should be bought with the expectation of financial gain. Purchase decisions should be based on personal preference, value, and sentiment rather than investment potential.

How do I choose between lab-grown and natural diamonds?

Choosing between lab-grown and natural diamonds comes down to personal, ethical, and economic considerations. Think about what matters most to you: the tradition and natural origin of a diamond, its environmental impact, or perhaps the cost and value. Reflecting on these factors can help guide your decision.

What is the environmental impact of each type?

Natural diamonds require mining, which can lead to significant environmental disruption, including habitat destruction and resource depletion. Lab-grown diamonds have a smaller ecological footprint, as their production requires less land and water use. However, energy consumption is a consideration for both types, with ongoing efforts to make their creation as eco-friendly as possible.

How does Blackwell Jewellers ensure the quality of their diamonds?

At Blackwell Jewellers, every diamond undergoes rigorous quality checks by our team of experts to ensure they meet our high standards of clarity, colour, cut, and carat weight. Whether lab-grown or natural, we guarantee the quality and craftsmanship of our diamonds and jewellery.

Do you offer custom designs for both lab-grown and natural diamonds?

Absolutely. Blackwell Jewellers prides itself on our bespoke service, allowing you to create custom designs that match your vision, whether you prefer lab-grown or natural diamonds. Our experts are here to bring your unique ideas to life.

What's the return policy for lab-grown and natural diamond jewellery?

We offer a straightforward and customer-friendly return policy. If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, items can be returned within a specified period for a refund or exchange, subject to our terms and conditions. Please check our website or contact us for more detailed information.

Where can I learn more about my diamond options?

The best way to explore all your diamond options is to have a chat with us at Blackwell Jewellers. Our knowledgeable team is ready to provide personalized guidance, helping you navigate the sparkling world of both lab-grown and natural diamonds, ensuring you make an informed and confident decision. Visit us in-store or reach out online to start your journey.

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