Lab-grown diamonds are grown in controlled laboratory conditions that reproduce the Earth’s natural growing environment: of high pressure and high temperature. They have essentially the same chemical composition, crystal structure, and optical and physical properties of diamonds found in nature. They can exhibit fire, scintillation, and sparkle as natural diamonds, but do include specific, identifiable internal and morphological characteristics that can only be seen by a trained gemologist..
Lab-grown diamond production is an incredibly expensive and energy-intensive process with many growers using fossil fuels. When it comes to comparing carbon footprints of natural and lab-grown gemstones, definitive answers are hard to come by. It's of utmost importance to trust your lab-grown diamond retailer to source from growers who are committed to verified origin traceability, climate neutrality, and sustainable production practices.
With both natural and lab diamonds, Venus Jewelers is committed to working with only the most reputable sources .
Natural diamonds have an established history of incremental price appreciation for over a hundred years. Lab-grown diamond price history is yet to be established. Price stability is forecasted to be a challenge with uncapped production and inevitable technology advances that decrease production costs.
Whether you choose a lab or natural diamond, ultimately the goal is to purchase something symbolic and beautiful. Those who choose a lab-grown diamond may see the benefit of increased size and quality and are undeterred by long-term value stability. Those who choose a natural diamond may see the romance of a gem unearthed from the ground with a finite supply.