If you are in the market for jewellery, then you’ve probably heard the saying that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend.’ While this is true, for those who prefer a more sustainable alternative to mined diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds can be the perfect alternative. Check out our guide below on how to choose the right lab-grown diamond for you.
What is a lab-grown diamond?
The first thing that might come to mind when you think of lab-grown diamonds is that they are not genuine diamonds. This is not the case. Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds and contain the same chemical composition as that of naturally mined diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are recognised by the International Gemological Institute (IGI). This budget-friendly and sustainable option has taken as much as 25% of the market in a short space of time. As such, lab-grown diamonds still offer the same level of variety and choice as natural diamonds when it comes to the 4Cs. This includes carat, colour, clarity and cut. So, what do the 4Cs look like when it comes to lab-grown diamonds? Well, since they are still real diamonds, the good news is that there is no difference!
A diamond’s carat is the description of its overall weight, rather than size. This metric is used for both natural and lab-grown diamonds. It is important to remember, that contrary to popular belief, the carat is not descriptive of the overall size of the diamond. This is instead measured in millimetres. The heavier the diamond, the higher the carat and therefore, the higher the cost. It is important to note that just because the carat is impressive, it doesn’t mean that the other Cs are up to scratch.
A diamond’s colour is the result of chemical impurities within the stone. The most commonly displayed tones being brown or yellow. The less colour a diamond exhibits, the rarer and therefore valuable it will be. The colour of a lab-grown diamond is determined based on the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) criteria. As with natural diamonds, the colour of a lab-grown diamond is subtle in nature and will vary from diamond to diamond. This can range on an alphabetical scale from D to Z, with the former being virtually colourless and more valuable and the latter being noticeably yellow in colours and therefore, less valuable. Our range of colours are handpicked to ensure excellent light refraction and a long-lasting sparkle.
Clarity generally refers to how free a diamond is from inclusions and blemishes. These blemishes can stop light passing through the diamond. In naturally mined diamonds, these blemishes result from minerals or fractures during a diamond’s formation deep in the earth. The main difference is that the inclusions in lab-grown diamonds tend to be a bit darker in colour, being composed specifically of metal or carbon resulting from their synthetic manufacturing process. As these are darker, a higher clarity grade is recommended for lab-grown diamonds.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a diamond is its cut. This will influence how bright it looks, especially when seen in the light. With so many choices such as brilliant, oval, cushion, and radiant. The cut can make all the difference to how bright your diamond looks, regardless of how large or heavy it is. In order to maximise light reflection and, therefore, its overall brilliance, fire and appearance, a brilliant cut is considered to offer the best return. And that’s no surprise, given that it’s the most popular cut for both natural and lab-grown diamonds. In short, the cut is a direct representation of the skill of the jeweller who designs and cuts the facets on an individual diamond. You can trust the artisans here at Commins and Co to only produce the finest quality cuts ensuring an unparalleled appearance.
Sustainable, ethical, and beautiful
Here at Commins and Co, all of our diamond jewellery is designed and created in Dublin. We use the highest quality lab-grown diamonds and ethically sourced gold. When you buy a unique piece of jewellery from us, you are not only getting a beautiful diamond. You also the peace of mind that its high quality is the result of a sustainable process. Best of all, our lab-grown diamonds offer a very competitive price. Ensuring you get the best possible jewellery for the best possible price, giving you excellent value for money without compromising on quality.