The tradition of presenting the love of your life with a diamond ring to ask for their hand in marriage dates back to the 13th century. The ring; a simple band of gold made to symbolize the commitment and a diamond; symbolizing a forever promise. Diamond engagement rings created a rippling cultural shift we still see today. Giving rise to some of the largest mining and jewellery manufacturing industries. For centuries mining was the only way to source these stunning stones, but since the 1950’s researchers have been looking for new way forward; introducing Laboratory grown diamonds.
In a more socially, ethically and environmentally conscious world, concerns about the process of mining diamonds has increased, leading to the development and rise of lab-grown diamonds. As a result, more and more people are embracing lab grown diamonds.
The International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA) reported in 2020 that their survey showed 66 percent of millennials are considering man-made diamonds, as they believe buying a lab-grown diamond is a good ethical decision. The association stated that consumer interest in lab-grown diamonds has increased substantially over the last decade.
Diamonds Created in Lab
Lab-grown diamonds were introduced circa 1954, but the process has evolved over the years. The preferred process nowadays is known as Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD), which produces gem quality lab-brown diamonds that cost approximately 30-40 percent less than the mined diamonds. This is one of the reasons why consumers are choosing to buy lab created diamonds.
At Breslauer & Warren Jewellers, founded in 1919, we have proudly introduced lab-grown diamonds to our downtown Calgary boutique store. Our goal is to cater to all types of couples and budgets in search of the perfect diamond ring. We hand select our lab grown diamonds to have no post growth treatments and to meet our strict standards of quality. By caring a wide selection of both Mined and Lab Grown diamonds, we empower our customer to explore all their options when searching for the perfect piece of jewellery.
Lab created diamonds are grown using the same process as that of natural diamonds, which grow under immense heat and pressure with temperature ranging from 900 to 1300°C. The main distinction between both diamond origins is that mankind has recreated the Earth’s conditions in a controlled environment. Our lab grown diamonds begin from a diamond seed, a small piece of a mined diamond that is placed into a reactor simulating natural conditions to create a stunning grown diamond.
The time period in which these minerals are ready to be cut, polished, and graded is also a huge distinction. Lab Grown diamonds take four weeks to form the rough for a 1.00ct lab grown round brilliant diamond, whilst natural diamonds are ready for extraction after 2.3 billion years on average.
This is what the rough (unpolished) Laboratory Grown Diamonds look like.
To protect its consumers, Breslauer & Warren Jewellers make sure their lab created diamond rings are graded by the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and recently now from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Cultured lab grown diamonds are graded on the same criteria and stringent parameters as their mined counterparts, namely the 4C’s (color, clarity, cut and carat weight). The 4Cs is known as the universal method for assessing a diamond’s quality around the world.
Debunking Myths Surrounding Lab Diamonds
Although lab-grown diamonds have the same quality and characteristics as mined diamonds, consumers are still a bit hesitant in spending their money on them as myths continue to hound these cultured diamonds. One of the myths about man-made diamonds is that they are not real. Mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds are composed of 99.95 percent pure carbon, and they have identical chemical, optical, and physical properties, in fact John King, Chief Quality Officer of the GIA has stated that regardless of origin they’re all real diamonds. The GIA famously entered the lab grown grading industry in 2020 definitively recognizing their validity as real true diamonds.
Another common misconception of lab created diamonds is that producing them is inexpensive. Actually, the process of creating man made diamonds is a very expensive and complicated procedure, mainly due to the cost of maintenance on the equipment necessary to complete this difficult process.Though the many of the companies now are focusing on environmental initiatives and functionally net zero emissions.
Lab Diamonds at Breslauer & Warren Jewellers
Buying a diamond is an experience and one where the diamond should reflect the person that is wearing it. The same should still hold true when choosing cultured diamonds at Breslauer & Warren Jewellers.
We continue to offer exceptional service and an extensive diamond jewellery selection to our customers, both mined and lab grown. Keep in mind that a colourless, flawless lab-grown diamond will still be more expensive in comparison to a blemished stone of the same carat due to its rarity. Consider however, that the cost of the lab grown equivalent will be significantly less than its mined counterpart. It is important to understand that lab-grown diamonds are not produced in bulk and that each diamond has its own unique “fingerprint” comparable to the identifying marks found on mined diamonds.
She Will Say Yes
Above everything else, what will make your partner say yes is not the sparkly diamond that is presented, but their love—that transcends all material things in the world—paired with your willingness to commit to a lifelong journey with them.
If you are interested in buying lab-grown diamonds, feel free to visit our store at Bow Valley Square #1, 202 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3R9. You can contact us by clicking here.