Engineered in controlled facilities that duplicate the natural process that creates mined diamonds, lab grown diamonds have the exact same chemical and physical make-up of mined stones. To the naked eye, there is no difference between mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds. Unlike simulated stones like cubic zirconia or moissanite that mimic the look of real diamonds, lab grown diamonds share the same chemical properties of mined diamonds.
Mined diamonds are diamonds that have formed through natural occurrences and are extracted from the Earth. Made of carbon that has crystalized, diamonds are formed under great pressure and temperature, and are pushed to the earth’s surface following a volcanic eruption. Extracting mined stones is a costly and often dangerous process.
Technology has made it so that lab grown diamonds can be cultivated both efficiently and effectively. The price to cultivate diamonds is a fraction of the cost that’s required to mine diamonds, which means consumers aren’t forced to carry the cost of souring and extracting diamonds from the Earth.
The cost to explore for diamonds and extract the stones is tremendous, and the price is passed along to the jeweler, which then determines how much you, the consumer, will pay.