Lab-grown diamonds do look like natural diamonds. That’s a plus. The technology behind them was, ironically, largely developed for industrial, and not jewelry uses. The ultimate goal for lab-created diamonds is to make the process so inexpensive that man-made diamond can replace silicon in computer chips, thereby allowing much higher processor speeds due to increased thermal capacity.
One downside to this is that the lab-created diamond you buy today for several thousand dollars will be worth much less by the time you’re ready to hand your engagement ring down to your grandchildren. Of course, there will still be the sentimental value. That’s the most important measure with any heirloom item, regardless of price.
As opposed to lab grown diamonds, natural diamonds are, in the grand scheme of things, rare. Especially the fine, gem quality ones. And rarity is what makes them more expensive than their mass produced counterparts.
Should you buy a lab-grown diamond instead of a natural diamond? That depends.
Calling them “eco-friendly” is an overstatement of fact. They still use natural resources and significant energy to fabricate. There’s no benefit to indigenous communities, like with the Canadian diamonds we offer. They aren’t environmentally harmful, but the only beneficiaries are really the venture capitalists who bought the laboratory some very expensive equipment to create these man made diamonds.
If you like the science and technology part, there is a certain novelty to it. If you don’t like the idea of a natural diamond, yet still really want a diamond and not some other gemstone and don’t have a grandmother passing down her heirloom diamond from her engagement ring, then maybe they are right for you.
Our point is, there are pros and cons to both natural and man-made diamonds, and we aren’t going to lie to you and say one or the other is the only “green” choice. We just offer honest information, and let you decide what’s best for you.
If you’re OK with everything we’ve told you then yes, we do sell lab-grown diamonds and our prices will be lower than you will find most anywhere else.
Why? Because the real reason many places now sell lab-grown diamonds is this. Lab-grown diamonds are far more profitable than natural diamonds. We aren’t convinced they are as… ”ideal” as many claim. As such, we don’t mark them up as much as other diamond sellers.
In addition, every diamond we sell comes with something else. The truth. We know you want to choose wisely and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. It can be complicated, but we’re here to help you make a mindful and informed decision regarding your ethical jewelry purchase.
For questions about natural or man-made diamonds, email, call, or stop by our Chicago showroom. We’re happy to chat.