Lab Grown Diamonds

Forum Jewellers are delighted to introduce a small selection of specially curated Lab Grown Diamond Rings & Jewellery below. If your preference is for a Lab Grown diamond, then let us know and we can have a selection specifically brought in to show you once we know your required diamond size, design and budget.

Lab Grown Diamonds are an affordable alternative to natural diamonds because they are cheaper to produce in a lab rather than be mined from the earth so, basically, you get more spectacular stone for your money. However, you don’t need to compromise on quality or craftsmanship.

We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions about Lab Grown Diamonds:

What are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab Grown Diamonds are man-made diamonds, produced in a laboratory to replicate what naturally happens in the earth over millions of years to produce natural diamonds, but instead takes three to ten weeks to be created from start to finish. They are formed in the laboratory using a carbon seed which is exposed to extreme heat and pressure which starts to crystalise forming the rough lab grown diamond. Lab grown diamonds are then cut and polished in exactly the same way that natural diamonds are.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds real diamonds?

Yes, they are just created in a factory instead or the earth. You cannot see the difference between a Natural and Lab Grown Diamond with the naked eye and they are visually and chemically identical to natural diamonds. Specialist equipment is required to tell them apart.

Why are Lab Grown Diamonds cheaper?

As they are man-made and take just 3 to 10 weeks to grow, they are less sought after than a natural, rarer diamond. Lab grown diamond prices may decrease over time as more and more are made and technology improves. It is not advisable to purchase a Lab Grown Diamond as an investment piece, whereas a natural diamond is always considered an investment gemstone.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds more ethical?

There is much debate about whether they really are the more ethical choice.

Lab grown diamonds offer greater traceability and more transparency in regard to human rights and working conditions compared to that of mined diamonds.

The amount of non-renewable energy required for laboratories to grow diamonds has a clear impact on the environment, but then so does diamond mining which uses a lot of resources to retrieve the gemstones from the earth and cannot be replaced.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds still certificated and graded with the 4C’s?

Yes, they are. Some people think that Lab Grown Diamonds must be structurally perfect because of the way they are produced. But, in fact, they contain inclusions – irregularities when forming that are only visible under magnification – just like a natural diamond.

The Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat of a Lab Grown Diamond are the same quality assurances as a natural one.