Not All Diamonds Made in a Lab are of Equal Quality

Here at Plum Diamonds, we're always hard at work to show you just how much bling a lab created diamond can add to your hand and your world, but there's a lab made elephant in the room that we need to discuss.

While diamonds made in a lab, also known as lab grown or lab made diamonds, have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ethical, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective nature. Not all lab grown diamond quality is the same.. Shock, horror!

Like natural diamonds, there are significant differences in lab grown created diamond quality that impact their value, appearance, and overall desirability.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the various factors influencing the quality of diamonds made in a lab and how to ensure you're purchasing high-quality gemstones.

Impact Of The Growing Process

Lab created diamonds are produced using High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).

The growing process can influence the quality of the final product. HPHT diamonds, for example, are more likely to have metallic inclusions and may exhibit stronger coloration, while CVD diamonds can be more prone to inclusions and surface imperfections. 

Choosing a reputable lab diamond brand (pssst, Plum Diamonds, anyone?) that works with growers utilizing advanced technology and stringent quality control measures is essential to ensure the highest quality lab diamonds. We look out for all potential issues, regardless of growing method, to ensure you're getting the best possible final product.

Grading and Certification Matters

Like natural diamonds, diamonds made in a lab should be graded by a reputable gemological laboratory, such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the International Gemological Institute (IGI).

These grading reports assess the 4Cs of the diamond: carat weight, cut, color, and clarity, which comprehensively evaluate the stone's quality. Always insist on a grading report when purchasing lab grown diamonds to ensure you get a high-quality gem.

More on all things 4C in this guide to choosing the perfect diamond.

Let’s Get Clear On Color and Clarity

Lab created diamonds are available in various colors and clarities, from colorless to fancy colored and from flawless to included. The highest-quality lab grown diamonds are colorless (D-E-F) and have minimal inclusions (VVS1-VVS2).

Remember that a lower-quality lab created diamond may exhibit noticeable color or inclusions, impacting its overall appearance and value.

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Cut and Polish (Not The Nail Variety)

The cut of a diamonds made in a lab is crucial to its overall beauty, as it determines how well the stone reflects and refracts light. A well-cut diamond will maximize its brilliance, fire, and scintillation. Lab created diamonds should be cut and polished to the same exacting standards as natural diamonds.

Always look for a high-quality cut to ensure your diamond sparkles to its full potential.

Consider an Emerald Cut Diamond Ring and the flawless cut and polish required to achieve its clean look. It's enough to make anybody weak in the knees!

Price and Value

While lab created diamonds generally cost less than natural diamonds, it's essential to remember that not all lab grown diamonds are of equal quality. A lower-quality lab created diamond may be less expensive but may not offer the same beauty, durability, or value as a higher-quality stone. Consider the diamond's grading report and other quality factors when assessing its price and value.

We want high value, but not cheap! We offer premium lab diamond rings crafted just for you.

Brand Reputation Ethics

This is an area that we're justifiably proud of!

When choosing lab created diamonds, it's essential to consider the reputation and ethics of the company producing the stones. Reputable brands are more likely to adhere to strict quality control measures, ensuring that their lab grown diamonds meet or exceed industry standards.

Additionally, ethical diamond producers prioritize sustainable practices and responsible sourcing, which benefits the environment and adds value to your diamond investment.

Customization Options

Have you had a chance to browse our seemingly never ending customization options? Part of the reason we're able to offer the sky as the limit is because diamonds made in a lab provide a level of customization that is often not available with natural diamonds.

We provide options for clients to select their preferred color, clarity, and cut, allowing them to create a diamond that meets their specific preferences and budget. By working with a reputable company that offers customization options, you can ensure that you're investing in a high-quality lab created diamond tailored to your unique requirements.

Warranty and After Sales Support

A high-quality lab created diamond should be backed by a warranty protecting your investment against manufacturing defects.

Additionally, reputable diamond producers and retailers will offer after-sales support, such as resizing, cleaning, and maintenance services, to ensure your lab grown diamond remains in pristine condition.

By choosing a company that offers comprehensive warranty and after-sales support, you can have peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected.

We offer Free Lifetime Care & Warranty on all of our high-quality jewelry as standard. Why are we able to provide this? Because we are confident in our rings and want to ensure they are by your side for a lifetime.

Consult An Expert

Finally, when purchasing lab created diamonds, it's always a good idea to consult an expert, such as a certified gemologist or a knowledgeable jeweler. These professionals can guide you through the selection process, help you understand the factors affecting lab created diamond quality, and ensure you're making the best possible investment for your needs.

Our team here at Plum was practically born with a loupe attached to their eyes. No question is silly, and we'll gladly hold your hand throughout the process! Knowing how to craft impeccable rings and find their perfect owners is a skill, and we're more than happy to share.

Why Choose Diamonds Made In A Lab?

As diamonds made in a lab continue to gain popularity, it's important to remember that not all lab grown diamonds are of equal quality.

By understanding the factors that influence the lab created diamond quality, such as the growing process, grading, certification, color, clarity, cut, and polish, you can make informed decisions when investing in these beautiful, eco-friendly gems.

Here at Plum, we'll never ask you to settle for less - choose a high-quality lab created diamond that will stand the test of time and provide lasting beauty and value from the day you say, "I do!"

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