The Rise of Lab-Created Diamonds

If you’ve been glimpsing at engagement rings online at some point this year, you’ve probably spotted a rise in the number of lab-created diamonds. So here's the lowdown on these man-made marvels, including how they stack up against their natural counterparts - what they'll set you back if you’re looking to buy one. 

Diamonds have always been the ultimate symbol of love and luxury, especially when it comes to wedding celebrations – think eye-catching engagement rings and glittering wedding jewellery.

But let's face it, diamonds' desirability is directly linked to their hefty price tags. 

So what if there was a way to own a stunning diamond that's more wallet-friendly and even gentler on our planet than the traditional, earth-mined versions? Well, let’s just say we’ve some good news for you!

Round Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring

Are lab-created diamonds real diamonds? 
In short, yes! This question often pops up, and Becky Wright from Infinity Diamond Jewellery has the answer: "Absolutely, they are real diamonds. They share the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds and are equally hard, scoring a 10 on the Mohs scale. The only difference is their place of origin.

"With our lab-created diamond engagement rings, there’s no trade-off – you get a stunning, ethically sourced gem at a fraction of the cost of a mined diamond. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Even the diamond giant De Beers has joined the lab-grown diamond market. And when Meghan Markle, known for her style, was spotted wearing Kimai earrings made with lab-created diamonds, it signalled a significant shift towards these lab-grown gems.

Personally, we can't get enough of the stunning selection of lab-created diamond engagement rings Becky and her team have designed. Their range spans from sleek, modern designs to charming, vintage-inspired pieces.

What's more, these rings are tailor-made, allowing you to choose your ideal lab-created diamond in terms of size, colour, and clarity, and then set it in your preferred metal. And the best part? These beauties are priced up to 70% lower than their mined counterparts, offering the same brilliant shine for a fraction of the cost – a win for both your pocket and the planet. The buzz around these synthetic gems is growing, and here's what you need to know about them. 

The Radiant Cut Hidden Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring - another of Becky’s stunning designs. 

Why are lab-created diamonds more affordable?
Thanks to technological advancements, lab-created diamonds are faster and less labour-intensive to produce than mined diamonds, making them more budget-friendly. 

Jack Cherry, a gemologist from Queensmith, a Hatton Garden jeweller, notes, "Lab-grown diamonds typically sell for 50-60% less than mined diamonds, offering a larger, more impressive stone for your budget." 

Are lab-created diamonds more eco-friendly?
Mining for natural diamonds has raised several humanitarian and environmental concerns over the years. "Lab diamonds' ethical appeal is a major factor in their growing popularity. While over 99.8% of blood diamonds have been eliminated globally, making UK-purchased mined diamonds almost certainly conflict-free, many buyers prefer the clear, conflict-free origins of lab diamonds," explains Jack.

Environmental impacts of mining, such as habitat destruction and soil erosion, don't occur with lab-created diamonds. The Diamond Foundry claims its synthetic diamonds have a zero-carbon footprint, although the energy required for their production varies among different producers. 

Round Brilliant Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring, Vintage Design

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