Alright, so it’s pretty obvious that not all diamonds are created equal. We know that diamonds come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and weights which determine how much we are pulling out of our wallets to purchase them. However, did you know that there are natural diamonds and synthetic-made diamonds?
These diamonds are drastically different because of the way they are produced. But, what are the different qualities of these gems? And, how do the prices compare?
We’re here to break down everything you need to know about these two kinds of diamonds:
What’s A Real Diamond?
A real or natural diamond is a diamond that is organically made from carbon. The carbon is combined with intense heat and pressure, deep in the earth. Natural diamonds take between one to three billion years to form. And, they are produced at least 85 miles beneath the earth.
The price of a natural diamond is based on the 4Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat. Each diamond is given a price tag based on these four qualities. Natural diamonds are more expensive than lab-made or synthetic diamonds because they are considered the “real deal.”
What’s A Lab-Made Diamond?
A lab-made or synthetic-made diamond is a diamond that’s produced in a lab under a controlled process. Unlike the earth’s formation of diamonds which utilizes natural carbon mixed with heat and pressure. Although the synthetic diamond sounds fake, it’s considered a real diamond because it shares the same properties and qualities. Scientists simply take the natural process of earth’s production of diamonds and recreate it in a lab to result in the same gem.
Synthetic diamonds are cheaper than natural diamonds. On average, lab-created diamonds are about 20-40% cheaper than the organic gem mined from the earth.
Does It Matter?
Honestly, unless you want the satisfaction of having a real diamond on your ring finger, it really doesn’t matter. Because of the advanced technology scientists utilize when producing lab diamonds, both types of diamonds look identical to one another and consist of the same chemical properties. In the end, it all comes down to preference and price.