Lab Grown Diamonds vs Natural Diamonds: Is there a Difference?

Savvy+Sand were invited by Sky News to offer our thoughts on the growth of lab grown diamonds (also sometimes known as aboveground diamonds), a category of diamonds we offer to our clients.

Hear from our co-founder on this intriguing area of growth for the diamond industry by clicking here and read more about the differences below.

What are aboveground diamonds?

Aboveground diamonds are diamonds. Aboveground diamonds are created in a specialised foundry that recreates the way in which the Earth forms diamonds. Each aboveground diamond grows in its own way, with one-of-a-kind inclusions and unique growth patterns. No two aboveground diamonds are alike. Each is unique to the core.

What is the difference between aboveground diamonds and natural diamonds?

Anatomically and chemically, there is no difference between aboveground and natural diamonds. There is also no visual difference between comparable diamonds. Aboveground diamonds do provide full traceability and the reassurance that they are created in a foundry with little to zero carbon footprint.

Also, an aboveground diamond will reflect a price that is 15-20% lower than a comparable natural diamond. For example, a Round Brilliant diamond of 2.12ct, graded F colour, VS2 clarity:

Aboveground Diamond -  £14,500
Natural Diamond - £25,000

Do aboveground diamonds sparkle less than natural diamonds?

In short, no. Just like natural diamonds, aboveground diamonds form as rough diamonds. From here, it goes through the exact same processes as a naturally formed diamond does, to craft a diamond as you know it.

Each aboveground diamond is cut to perfect proportions to maximise brilliance and is graded by a GIA Gemologist, according to the strictest professional standards.

Is there a difference between aboveground diamonds and lab grown diamonds?

A common misconception is that aboveground diamonds and lab grown diamonds are the same things. This is incorrect.

Aboveground diamonds are allowed to grow and form naturally from a single diamond seed, therefore the quality of the rough diamond grown cannot be guaranteed, exactly the same process as a natural diamond.

Lab grown diamonds may also be grown from a diamond seed, however during the process they will be enhanced or manipulated to allow the diamond to form in a specific way. This may be to determine a specific colour grade.

An aboveground diamond is a true reflection of creating a diamond as near as to how a natural diamond is created.

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