Over the decades, humans already try to research the possibility of creating lab made diamonds, since natural sourced diamond resources are limited and they are decreasing over the years due to continuous mining and excavating activity.
Diamond itself is considered valuable gemstones since ancient times because it is being labeled as premium items and people are willing to pay a high price for it. As you already know, diamonds are solid forms of carbon that formed at depths between 150 and 250 kilometres, under high pressure and temperature. The mining and excavation of natural diamonds also consumes many resources and energy, not to mention money and time wasted in the process before it is considered ready to be displayed and sold to the customers, is what makes the diamond price sky high.
However these past few years, there is a craze about lab grown diamonds. Yes, you read it right. Lab grown diamond. As the name implies, the diamonds are synthetically made in the lab, by humans (scientists, of course). Lab grown diamonds can be created in a matter of weeks, can be mass produced, and still have the same quality as natural sourced diamonds. Why can it happen? Is it fake diamonds? Can you still consider it as diamonds? Let’s find out.
No matter is it natural sourced or lab grown diamonds are still diamonds because they are constructed of carbon atoms that are compressed under high pressure and temperature. What makes them different is that natural diamonds can be formed over billions of years, but lab grown diamonds can be made in a matter of weeks.
Since natural and lab grown diamonds are created from the same material, carbon, they might have the same quality (according to diamonds 4Cs : cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) and there is a certificate for every diamond that is being sold in the market.
Yes, they still consume energy (mainly electricity) and produce carbon emission. But, compared to natural diamonds where you have to mine and excavate it from inside the earth, they need less resources to produce. To mine a diamond from the earth, you will need huge machinery and explosive, which dig down to earth, disturbing habitats, pollute the water, and don’t forget to
You probably have heard or done some research about the ugly truth of diamond industry, where exploitation of nature and neighborhood are most likely to happen. The mining itself can be considered as harmful action to the earth, not to mention underpaid labor, child workers, and other human rights violations By comparison, lab-grown diamonds create zero injuries, spark zero wars, and exploit zero workers.
With less resources needed to get the diamonds makes lab grown diamond can come cheaper than natural diamond. We can see that the average of the lab grown diamonds on the market are one third of natural diamond price. However there is a downside to this. Lab grown diamonds are prone to have little to none resale price while the natural one can get about 50 until 70 percent of what its original purchase price. The reasons are natural diamonds are limited since its creation over a billion years inside the earth, thus its price is always rising annually, while you can easily procure lab grown diamonds. Remember the law of demand and supply, where you have little supply and demand is high, the price will go skyrocketing.
Natural diamond and lab grown diamonds are indeed diamonds. They even came with certificates when they were being sold in the market. If you ask which one to buy, it’s up to your choice. If you have the money and don’t mind splurging, go for the natural one. If you short on cash but still need the sparkle, lab grown diamonds might be the perfect choice for you.
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