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Mined Diamonds vs Lab Grown Diamonds

 

Lab Grown Diamonds vs Natural Mined Diamonds –  They display the same chemical, optical and physical properties as natural diamonds.

 

As a third generation diamond jewellery store our roots have always been all about natural diamonds and will continue to do so but lab gown diamonds is an alternative for customers which want to have the diamond they have always dreamed about but cannot afford to do so, they are approx. 40% less in price than Mined Diamonds as they eliminate the expense of mining and other factors involved in the process , another factor is Linda and Co is dedicated to making a positive social and environmental impact which provides an alternative to mined diamonds which have an effect on the environment.

Some people might refer to Lab Grown diamonds as imitations or simulants, but this is incorrect. Imitations like cubic zirconia or synthetic Moissanite—which only look like diamond—have very different chemical and physical properties while lab grown diamonds display the same chemical, optical properties and physical properties as natural diamonds.

Our industry is bound by law and ethics to clearly disclose that our diamonds are Lab-grown or Created so customers are well informed and clearly have a choice.

As an alternatives start to pop up in every industry thus the likes of AirBNB vs traditional Hotels and Uber vs Traditional Taxis, customers now have more choices than ever before which favours there budget or lifestyle.

 

Diamonds can be scientifically group into 4 types – Type 1A – 1B – 2A – 2B 

 

About 95% of all-natural diamonds are type 1a

1A- These diamonds contain nitrogen atoms in clusters. Approximately 95% of natural diamonds are type 1a. They normally vary from near-colourless to light yellow.

1B- These diamonds also contain nitrogen, but as isolated atoms instead of clusters. They are often bright yellow in colour and are extremely rare.

2A- These diamonds have no measurable nitrogen or boron impurities; they are usually colourless, but they can also be grey, light brown, light yellow or light pink.  Among all diamonds, those that are type IIa are chemically the purest and rarest, they represent approx. 1-2% of the world’s mined diamonds.

2B- The trace element boron is responsible for most diamonds that are blue or greyish blue in colour.

 

Diamond type classification system

Source GIA

 

 

The growing process of a lab grown diamonds replicates certain favorable conditions that naturally exist 87 to 118 miles below the surface in the mantle of the earth. A ‘Diamond Seed’ placed in the center of a diamond reactor is then processed with High Pressure High Temperature or Chemical Vapor Deposition process for accelerated replication of the seed’s carbon bonds.

 

For further information please arrange an appointment with our jewellers and specialist’s which can discuss your choices and guide you through the process of selecting the right gemstone.

 

 

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