Diamonds are usually formed about 20 miles underground where the element carbon is subjected to high pressure and high heat. This has long been under the responsibility of mother earth but nowadays it is becoming more common with cultured diamonds.
Cultured diamonds, so-called lab diamonds or manufactured diamonds, are diamonds that are technically produced. Manufacturing diamonds have been tested for a long time and many attempts have failed. A large number of high-pressure plants have been manufactured where attempts have been made to compress carbon atoms under high pressure and high heat.
This has worked to some extent, for example, it works in the industry, the dental profession, and the knife industry, but the quality of those diamonds has not been high enough to be used in the jewelry industry. Now, however, this has changed.
Production of synthetic diamonds
Today you can grow diamonds very successfully and the result is very high quality with very few inclusions and with high quality. The diamonds are manufactured using an HPHT technology which means “high pressure, high temperature” where you simply enclose a diamond, a metal disc and carbon in a high-pressure chamber heated up to 1600 degrees.
The carbon atoms will then be filtered and then built on the diamond layer by layer until the carbon is exhausted. Doing this way provides incredibly high quality and only a professional measuring instrument can reveal that the stone is cultivated. However, a cultured/synthetic diamond consists of exactly the same building blocks as a traditionally created diamond.
The only thing that distinguishes cultured diamonds from ordinary diamonds is that one is created by nature and the other by man and that the quality is easier to control during production on cultured diamonds. Otherwise, they are almost identical and they are both checked and graded afterward by a laboratory such as GIA.
One advantage of cultured diamonds is that their production requires less of the earth’s natural resources compared to the process that ordinary diamonds require. In addition, production is usually done with sustainability in mind as this is a relatively new way of working, so the factories have focused on energy-efficient productions. Thus, this is suitable for those who are environmentally conscious and want to save on the earth’s resources.
Even from a work environment point of view, the cultivated diamond has advantages, since the work is not as dangerous, dirty, and hard.
The answer to that is individual and the choice of which diamond to choose is entirely up to you as a customer. The advantages are many with both cultivated and ordinary diamonds. What sets them apart is the exclusivity of having a diamond created by nature, you might even appreciate the defects that a naturally made diamond has or you prefer a manufactured diamond almost without any inclusions.
The cultivated diamond is about 30% cheaper, so the cultivated will be available to a larger proportion of customers.