Is a lab-grown diamond a real diamond?
Yes, a lab-grown diamond is visually, atomically and chemically identical to a mined diamond. So it is as durable and as brilliant. It is not a crystal, cubic zirconia or moissanite.
How is a lab-grown diamond actually made?
A 'diamond seed' (which is just a very tiny diamond) is placed under extremely high pressure and high heat in a controlled environment and layers of carbon forms over it. It is left to "grow" for 70 - 120 days, and voila - a rough diamond is formed and ready to be cut and polished.
What energy source is used to grow the diamonds ?
We chose to work with a supplier that uses mainly solar power. We also purchase carbon credits to ensure the diamonds are 100% carbon neutral.
How are lab-grown diamonds graded? What grade are the Conscious Diamonds?
Exactly the same way as mined diamonds - using the 4 C's (Cut, Colour, Clarity, Carat). The diamonds we use are VVS1/2.
Is a lab-grown diamond as expensive as a mined diamond?
Lab-grown diamonds are less costly to produce than mined diamonds (even before the environmental and human costs are accounted for), and so a diamond of the same quality, based on the 4C's will always offer more attractive pricing.