Why Natural Diamonds are the Best Diamonds | Alexis Jae

Why Natural Diamonds are the Best Diamonds

By Alexis Taub

Why Natural Diamonds are the Best Diamonds | Alexis Jae

Lab grown vs natural diamond

Have you ever stopped to wonder where diamonds come from? Is that "rock" on your finger truly a rock from the earth, or was it created in a lab? With so many options for purchasing a piece of jewelry in today's market, it's important to know the difference between natural diamonds and lab-grown diamonds. 

What are natural diamonds?

Natural diamonds, also known as mined diamonds, are like the snowflakes of the earth - no two are alike! Natural diamonds were formed billions of years ago deep below the earth's crust. A combination of high pressure and high temperature caused carbon atoms to crystallize, and ancient volcanic eruptions brought these rough diamonds close to the earth's surface. These rare, beautiful gemstones are mined and polished into diamond jewelry that will, as the saying goes, last forever. Diamonds are older than life on earth, and their number is finite. Their rarity and natural beauty are what give diamonds their value. Natural diamonds are also touted for their durability - they are the hardest material on earth. 

What are lab grown diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are synthetically made in factories over several weeks using one of two methods: High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). These synthetic diamonds were originally created in the 1960s for industrial use, but advancements in technology have allowed lab-created diamonds to enter the jewelry market. Their value has decreased as technology improvements have reduced production costs. Lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds appear identical to the naked eye, but jewelers and gemologists can easily distinguish the two with proper tools. Although diamond certifications and diamond grading are available, synthetic diamonds have almost no resale value. If you're looking for a long-term investment, natural diamonds are the best choice. 

What about sustainability and ethics? 

Lab-created diamonds require a LOT of electricity and water for production, and the dispersion of the wealth they generate is questionable. Conflict-free diamond mining contributes to many countries' economies and environmental efforts, and over 10 million people are employed worldwide by the diamond industry supply chain. Purchasing a certified diamond from an ethical source should put your mind at ease about the potential impacts of supporting the natural diamond industry. 

Purchasing a Natural Diamond

If you're in the market for a natural diamond, whether a center stone for an engagement ring or princess-cut stones for an upgraded ring setting, certified diamonds are the best choice. GIA diamond certification provides a grade based on cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Alexis Jae can help you design the perfect piece of jewelry with high-quality, certified natural stones. Ethical jewelry that lasts forever - is there a better choice?

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