The Diamond Designed in the Laboratory a Real Diamond

Synthetic diamonds grow in the laboratory and have the same chemical composition, crystal structure and physical properties as natural diamonds. They are not fake diamonds, but they are not natural diamonds.

Natural diamonds have long been the first choice for making engagement rings. But now there are some new options. Previously, synthetic diamonds were only suitable for industrial use, and today they have reached gem quality. Now, the size and color of the synthetic gemstones can be used to make beautiful engagement rings as well as boutique fashion jewellery. Since you are researching engagement rings, it’s helpful to know more about synthetic diamonds.

A brief history of synthetic diamonds

Since the 1950s, synthetic diamonds have been produced for industrial use. Synthetic diamonds are widely used in telecommunications, laser optics, abrasives and other fields. In 1970, GE’s researchers made the first synthetic diamonds that were faceted in both quality and size.

By the mid-1980s, manufacturers had been able to produce synthetic diamond crystals that could be cut and used in jewelry on a commercial scale. At first, these synthetic diamonds were almost very small and yellow, but in the decades that followed, the quality of gem-quality colorless synthetic diamonds continued to increase. Today, synthetic diamonds look the same as natural diamonds.

Brilliant Earth allows consumers to choose their own diamonds (natural or synthetic) and design their own rings. This photo is a vintage-style Alvadora ring with a bezel set in the main stone, surrounded by luxurious lace and a circle of shiny rice diamonds. Courtesy of Brilliant Earth.

How is the synthetic diamond graded?

The grading process of synthetic diamonds is as strict as natural diamonds. However, its color and clarity ratings are broader and there are fewer grading terms. This is because GIA has not seen a complete set of synthetic diamond grades.

GIA synthetic diamond color grades are divided into five levels: colorless, nearly colorless, micro, very light, light.

GIA synthetic diamond clarity grades are divided into six levels: no sputum grade, no sputum grade, very slight inclusion grade, slight inclusion grade, micro inclusion grade and inclusion grade.

Is it a synthetic diamond?

Synthetic diamonds are not good or bad. Buying a diamond is just a personal experience. It is a symbol of long-lasting love. So the real question is, what is the most important thing for you? When you choose to buy natural or synthetic diamonds, this is the factor that guides you in making the right decisions – we can only make sure you understand the difference between the two.

The 10.02-carat colorless (E-equivalent) emerald cut diamond grown by high temperature and high pressure is the largest faceted synthetic diamond reported to date.

In just a few decades, from the industrial quality of small yellow crystals to today’s gem quality diamonds, synthetic diamonds have made great progress. The 10.02-carat colorless (E-equivalent) emerald cut diamond grown by high temperature and high pressure is the largest faceted synthetic diamond reported to date. Photograph: Johnny Leung.

 

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Synthetic diamonds grow in the laboratory and have the same chemical composition, crystal structure and physical properties as natural diamonds. They are not fake diamonds, but they are not natural diamonds.

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