What Are Man Made Diamonds?
Man has endeavored to simulate nature in nearly all facets of life . Somewhere he is met with failures while in many other areas he had worked wonders. One such accomplishment on part of modern technology is man made diamonds, commonly called engineered or cultured diamonds, grown in environment and conditions corresponding to natural ones which are reproduced in the form of highly controlled laboratory environments employing advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust. The composition of these man made diamonds is actual carbon, no different than natural ones. atoms arrangement typical of natural diamond is preserved miraculously in artificial diamond crystal. Having same chemical composition and structure as natural diamonds, artificially made diamonds exhibit the same optical and chemical properties.
Manufacturing process of artificial diamonds
Tiny carbon seeds of pre-existing diamonds are used to grow diamonds are grown. This forging puts the Advanced technology – either extreme pressure and heat or a special deposition process known as CVD – into service, mimicking the natural method of diamond formation. Not only do they need physical conditions during the manufacturing process but some lab diamonds grown through deposition may also undergo pressure and heat treatment after they are grown. Giving Lab grown diamonds a fancy color is also a trend these days for which purpose, a small amounts of specific trace elements are added during the growth phase of the diamond, just like in nature. The chemical structure of carbon atoms is twin to natural diamonds, as mentioned before, nevertheless trace elements have their position varied in both white and fancy colored lab diamonds, different from their natural diamond counterparts. Intriguingly, humans naked eye cannot discern between the two, diamonds can only be distinguished from natural diamonds using specialized equipment that can detect the minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth.
How Are Man Made Diamonds Lucrative
Man made diamonds are not only counterpart of natural diamonds, but they are also preferable and excelling. Let’s see how:
Man made diamond are less costly. The price of a lab-created man made diamonds tends to be less than mined diamonds for it does not need hundreds of years to form as in case of natural diamonds.
However, the term less expensive or less costly should not be taken “cheap.” there is only minor difference between the prices of the both. In fact, the net costs for lab-grown and mined diamonds are pretty similar.
Why are man made less expensive
So, why are lab-created diamonds less expensive? To be honest, mined diamonds and lab-created man made diamonds have the exact same costs when it comes to cutting, polishing, and inspection. The difference of cost comes before this point.
Shorter supply chain
The involvement of organizations people, activities, resources in moving diamonds is different in man made diamonds. Mined diamonds have a long supply chain. To get a diamond from its raw form to a retail-ready gemstone requires miners, distributors, cutters, polishers, jewelry manufacturers, and retailers.
On the flip side, the lab-created man made diamond supply stream is much shorter by skipping the mining process. The sequence or system of organizations or operations that work together to design, produce, and deliver man made diamond to a market, extending from the extraction of raw materials to the distribution of finished diamond is entirely different from that of mined diamonds. To put it simply, a lab-created diamond touches fewer hands, making it ultimately less expensive.
Natural diamond earned a bad name of blood diamond due to unraveled conflicts on the basic production unit, that it, miners Several years ago, the mined diamond industry came under scrutiny with unethical production practices were exposed. These diamonds, sometimes referred to conflict diamonds, were funding violence and exploiting miners and their families.
Thanks to the Kimberly process established in 2003, these unethical practices have been significantly reduced. In fact, it’s estimated that 99.9% of natural diamonds are now conflict-free.
Despite this assurance, it is imperative that your save yourself from the disgrace that can come with naturally mined diamonds. To avoid conflict or blood diamonds is important to you, lab-created man made diamonds provide peace a mind that a natural diamond often cannot, and you may find reassurance in knowing the exact origin of your diamond.
The diamond mining has a significant impact on the environment, as with the mining of any natural resource. Man made diamonds and their production companies can be staged at a higher pedestal in this regard.
Although diamond mining companies are fully aware of that impact and have taken steps to try to minimize the effect they have on the ecosystems around them.
In contrast, lab-created man made diamond are inherently and significantly less malignant and baleful to the environment as it takes considerably less energy to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to dig it out of the ground. In fact, it is actually in the interest of the growers to minimize the amount of energy they use in the process to save money and decrease their costs.
Diamond Simulants are not same as Lab Grown Diamonds
Many naive souls might not know that these two are not synonymous. major distinction between lab diamonds and diamond simulants are important to be know by them. Diamond simulants is a fancy term for compounds such as cubic zirconia and moissanite. There exists a physical similarity but chemically, they are not true carbon crystals, which have characteristic arrangement of carbon atoms. Owning to different basic structure, Simulants have the chemical and physical properties distinguished from natural diamonds and therefore sell at much lower prices than man made diamonds. Interestingly, it takes only a skilled eye to know where it is diamonds Simulant or a diamonds. Simulants can be distinguished from natural or lab grown diamonds without using special lab techniques.
What Makes Simulants Easily Discernable
A handheld diamond tester can tell if he holding a simulant or a natural/lab grown diamonds by making use of his knowledge about thermal conductivity properties of nature made or man made diamonds differing from cubic zirconia.
This piece of information can be misleading. Some man made diamonds, even some natural colored diamonds may be mistakenly identified as moissanites when using certain diamond testers due to similarity in their electrical conductivity.
This information in commonly availed by gemologists to typically distinguish between natural or man made diamond and moissanite due to their differing refractive properties, with moissanites being double refractive and diamonds being single refractive.
How Lab Created Man Made Diamonds contrast from Natural Diamonds
A certificate can serve this purpose for a layman. Man made diamonds available for purchase should always come with a gem certification identifying them as laboratory grown. Since unaided eye fails to discriminate man made diamonds from naturals, man made diamonds grown in labs can be distinguished from natural diamonds only with tests using specialized equipment.
How To Spot Man Made diamond
What if anyone wishes to single out a man made diamond from naturals. First off, any macroscopic fails to establish the difference.
In order to identify a natural diamond from a man made synthetic diamond, one needs to use specialized equipment, not everyone possess it. So keeping in view this fact, the best feasible way for a layman is to ask for grading report from jeweler. The nature of inclusions in a natural diamond differs from the types of inclusions found in a synthetic diamond. Some might think that a jewelry loupe can make the grade but unfortunately no, not all inclusions are easily visible through the naked eye or by using a loupe. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will indicate on the grading report if is man made diamond.
How Close Our Man Made Diamonds Are To Natural Diamonds
Our lab grown man made diamonds exhibit the physical, chemical, and optical characteristics of natural diamonds. In addition to that, our man made diamonds also manifest the same fire, gleam, twinkle and sparkle. We claim distinguishing our man made diamonds from natural diamonds is beyond possibilities for even a highly magnifying jewelry loupe. Lab created diamonds may exhibit different trace elements than natural diamonds that do not affect the appearance of the diamond.