Are your precious diamonds the ‘real deal’, or, were they grown in a lab ? Have you ever wondered ? We live in an age where many well known branded items are being recreated by ‘knock-off’ artists. Everything from ‘Louis Vuitton’ bags for ladies to ‘Nike’ running shoes.
In this article we will discuss lab diamonds vs real ‘mined from the earth’ diamonds, where do they come from, or how are they created, and, how can you know the difference.
Diamonds, Diamonds & More Diamonds
Diamonds have been a sign of wealth and power for centuries.
When it comes to diamonds, there are two main types: those that are mined from the earth, and those that are grown in a lab. Both types of diamonds are made of pure carbon, and they share many of the same physical properties. However, there are some key differences between the two.
Lab-grown diamonds are created using advanced technology, and they can be produced in a matter of weeks. In contrast, natural diamonds take billions of years to form, and they are mined from deep within the earth. As a result, lab-grown diamonds are often far less expensive than their natural counterparts.
According to a recent study, about 30% of diamonds on the market today are artificial or “lab-grown.”
Laboratory created diamonds have the same physical and chemical properties as diamonds mined from the earth, so they are very difficult to distinguish from authentic diamonds. However, non-identical diamonds usually have different optical properties, so they can be identified with a microscope.
So, how can you tell if a diamond is real or fake? One test is to use a magnifying glass or microscope to inspect the diamond for imperfections. Real diamonds will usually have small blemishes called ‘inclusions and hairline cracks, invisible to the naked eye, while fake diamonds will be flawless. Another test is to use a black light; real diamonds will glow blue under ultraviolet light, In addition, most lab-grown diamonds sold today are imprinted with a laser inscription that identifies them as artificial.
Jewelers Can Help
Any experienced jeweler will tell you that diamonds are not all created equal. In fact, there are many fake diamonds on the market, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between a real diamond and a fake. However, jewelers have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to identifying a real diamond. For starters, they will often use a laser to look for flaws in the stone. If the diamond is real, the laser will bounce off the surface of the stone. However, if the diamond is fake, the laser will pass right through it. jewelers will also use a microscope to examine the diamond more closely. Real diamonds will have a distinctive patterns of inclusion, while fake diamonds will often have more uniform patterns.
By taking your diamond to a jeweler, you can gain peace of mind knowing that your investment is authentic.
Our Personal Diamond Experience
Recently, we had my wifes diamond engagement ring sized at a reputable jeweler in our city. It was out of our hands for 2 days while the resizing was done.
My wife is from the Philippines where it is very difficult to find a jeweler that you can trust to resize a ring without replacing your authentic diamond with a fake. So, as you can imagine, we were highly suspicious.
We took her ring into a well know national jeweler and asked them to examine it and tell us if it was authentic or perhaps had been replaced with something synthetic. So you can imagine our anticipation as the jeweler first examined my wifes ring with a laser and then with a very powerful microscope. She showed us the inclusions or imperfections in the main diamond along with a very small crack that you would never see with your naked eye. These imperfections are unique to each real diamond. We were of course relieved to know that her diamonds were all original and authentic ‘from the earth’ diamonds, and had not been replaced with artificial stones.
As you can see, it is possible for even a novice to examine their own diamonds to determine their authenticity. To be doubly certain of course, you can take it to a reputable jeweler. As a side note, we were not charged for the examination when we took my wifes diamond ring in to a local jeweler. In a matter of about 15 minutes we had all our questions answered and more.
Thank you for reading this article about Lab Diamonds vs Real Diamonds. Please tell us about your experiences or ask questions below. We will love to hear what you think.