Many people are interested in the new technology surrounding man-made diamonds. Here we will go over the basics of how these are made.
What Are They?
Lab created diamonds, also known as lab-grown diamonds and synthetic diamonds, are pure carbon diamonds grown in highly-controlled laboratory conditions that simulate the Earth’s natural growing process, above ground. The results yield real diamonds that are physical, chemically and optically identical to mined diamonds. While people have experimented with diamond growing technology for more than a century, it has only been in the last decade that we’ve been able to perfect the science of creating gem-quality man made diamonds in a modern-day lab. With today’s technological advances, we are growing diamonds that are free of conflict and superior in every way to earth-mined diamonds.
How Are They Made?
Man-made diamonds are created by placing a ‘seed’ into a chamber of heat and pressure. This chamber mimics the natural growing process. Crystallization occurs allowing the diamond to mature within six to ten weeks. It is then cut, polished and graded by the same world-renowned labs that certify earth-mined diamonds. Carbon-based gasses, such as methane, are heated until they break apart allowing the carbon atoms within the gas to separate. These tiny carbon atoms fall onto a diamond substrate and also build up layers resulting in a rough diamond crystal. This process takes between six to ten weeks and yields gem-grade diamonds.
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