Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Real? | The Diamond Reserve

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Real?

You’ve likely heard of lab diamonds compared to real diamonds for their affordability. Just like it says in their name, lab diamonds are grown in a lab, not found in nature like natural diamonds. Whether shopping for an engagement ring or a pair of diamond stud earrings, a lot of people wonder whether the origination of lab diamonds makes them less valuable or not real diamonds at all. Let’s talk about it.

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Considered Fake?

Lab diamonds are real and sometimes can sometimes look better than natural diamonds because of their lack of flaws, like scratches or inclusions. Lab & Natural diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical. These diamonds are made using a similar process that natural diamonds endure only much more expedited, resulting in the same stone.

If you were to perform the water test — a common method of determining a diamond’s authenticity by putting it in cold water and seeing if it sinks — on a lab-grown diamond, it would yield the same results as a natural diamond.

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Valuable?

Because natural diamonds are a finite resource, many people turn to lab diamonds for their availability and price. Lab-grown diamonds are created in a lab with high pressure and heat in as little as six weeks, while a natural diamond is typically formed over the course of a billion years. 

Requiring far fewer resources than mining natural diamonds, lab diamonds can cost as little as 30 percent of what the same-size natural diamond might be priced at. While this initial pricing values them at less than a natural diamond, the resale value of both natural and lab-grown diamonds depends largely on demand and inflation. With the risk of depreciating value, lab diamonds offer less money upfront for virtually the same product.

If you’re looking for a lab diamond to complete your custom engagement ring or other piece of jewelry, give us a call at 303-385-8449 or click here to make an in-person appointment for our Denver or Austin stores.