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The Brilliance of Lab-grown Diamonds

You may have recently heard the term, “lab-grown diamond”, it has been trending on the radar of hip celebrities and bright young things alike for months now.  Millennials and Gen Z in particular – increasingly concerned about the impact the brilliance of their bling might have on the earth – are exploring this surprisingly not so new offering of the diamond world.

In actual fact, Swarovski Created Diamonds were premiered in 2016 after decades of considered in-depth technological innovation, lab-grown diamonds themselves have been created since the 1950s, but gem-quality laboratory stones were only made available to consumers much later as it took so long to refine the techniques.  More recently, with the onset of new technologies and changing consumer mindsets combining to create the perfect storm, lab-created diamonds are now taking their rightful place in the spotlight.

 

But what exactly is a man-made diamond?  How do created diamonds even measure up, and more importantly, why would you purchase one? Are they even real?

Lab-created diamonds are grown in a lab, using the exact same process used to form mined diamonds.  Lab-created diamonds are entirely indistinguishable from mined diamonds because, quite simply, they possess exactly the same properties.

A lab-grown diamond is a diamond: chemically, physically and optically identical to a mined diamond.

Think of it like this: just as a greenhouse-grown orchid is identical to one found in nature, a lab-created diamond faithfully reflects the growth process of mined diamonds.  Under laboratory conditions a tiny diamond seed is nurtured with carbon atoms, until layer by layer the diamond grows and forms – just as a mined diamond.

However, there are a couple of alluring differentiators.  One is the more accessible price tag of a lab-crafted diamond.  The second is that man-made diamonds are kinder to the environment.

The production of a lab-grown diamond requires considerably less water consumption and land use, and creates much less air pollution.  

Indeed, the creation and crafting of lab-grown diamonds push the furthest boundaries of art and science.  With lab-grown diamonds, Swarovski is innovating at the outer limits of imagination designing signature gems that tap into the spirit of the times.

Unbound by rules, these laboratory grown diamonds are crafted at the crossroads of nature and technology, resulting in the transfixing radiance of an identical mined diamond conscientiously designed with the future in mind.

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