Natural vs. Lab-Grown Diamonds

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 in Diamond, Informational.

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Due to recent advances in technology, lab-grown diamonds are becoming more prevalent in the gemstone market and an increasing number of people are taking interest in these man-made gems. Unlike natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are created in a controlled setting, but have the same chemical composition and physical appearance as natural diamonds. Some people find lab-grown diamonds appealing because they’re environmentally friendly and conflict free while others are turned off by synthetics because they don’t have the same romantic appeal as diamonds formed by nature over billions of years. When choosing between lab-grown and natural diamonds, here are some important things to keep in mind.

  1. Lab-grown diamonds have very little resale value. Because the future of lab-grown diamonds is uncertain, no one really knows how they will hold value over time. Many experts believe that the value of lab-grown diamonds will only decrease over time. Their supply is expected to far exceed their demand, leading to diminishing prices. Because of this, you’ll receive a much smaller fraction of the price if you’re selling a lab-grown diamond compared to a natural diamond that has a more predictable, favorable future.
  2. Lab-grown diamonds aren’t necessarily better for the environment. After you consider where these diamonds are being created – in a factory that relies on fossil fuels to function – the environmental benefits of lab-grown diamonds begin to diminish. It’s also important to note that today’s diamond mining companies are held to sets of environmental standards set in place to discourage unnecessary environmental disturbances.
  3. Lab-grown diamonds aren’t necessarily the better ethical choice. While there certainly have been horror stories surrounding the diamond mining industry, a lot has been done to eliminate any conflict diamonds from the market. In fact, the diamond mining industry has had a major impact in Africa and other prominent diamond mining locations. Millions of people are able to go to school, get jobs, and earn a living wage thanks to natural diamonds.
  4. There isn’t a huge price difference between lab-grown and natural diamonds (at least for the time being). Depending on where you look, you most likely won’t notice a considerable difference between the prices of natural and lab grown diamonds. A lot of the fixed costs that go into natural diamonds are the same for their lab-grown counterparts. The cutting, polishing, grading, and distribution of a diamond cost the same regardless of whether the diamond is lab-grown or natural. But again, this could all change over time as lab-grown diamonds become easier to produce and more competition enters the market, thus lowering their cost and value.

As you can see, there are many reasons why natural diamonds are still the superior gemstone choice for engagement rings and other fine jewelry. If you have any questions about lab-grown or natural diamonds, please contact us at 414-276-2457 or