5 Reasons to Buy a Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

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Lab-grown diamonds—also called man-made diamonds, diamond simulants, and lab-created diamonds—are a sustainable and affordable alternative to earth-mined diamonds. By replicating the earth's natural processes, diamond experts have created diamond simulants that share the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as natural diamonds.

Lab-grown diamonds are a rapidly growing trend in the jewelry industry, with many younger diamond buyers opting for lab diamonds because of their price, transparency, and environmental sustainability. If you're thinking about tying the knot, here are five reasons to buy a lab-grown diamond engagement ring.

Environmental Sustainability

As one of the most commonly cited benefits of simulated diamonds, choosing a lab-grown diamond over a natural diamond is an environmentally sustainable option. According to Reuters, the total carbon footprint of an earth-mined diamond is higher than that of a lab diamond due to a lack of green mining practices.

Lab diamonds require considerably less energy to grow in a lab than mining natural diamonds, as "it takes an entire factor more energy to extract an underground diamond from Earth than it takes to create one above ground." Additionally, lab diamonds don't require displacing soil or the use of diesel energy.

Clean Origin

Unlike their natural counterparts, investing in a lab diamond allows you to know the origin of your diamond with 100% certainty. In the mined diamond industry, the issue of "blood" diamonds or conflict diamonds remains prominent in the minds of many consumers. Although nearly 99.9% of real diamonds are conflict-free, buying lab diamonds gives you the peace of mind of knowing your diamond ring has a clean origin and did not support wars or child labor.

Affordable Prices

Over recent years, technological advancements in the diamond industry have allowed diamond companies to grow high-quality lab diamonds more rapidly and cost efficiently. According to the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), it costs approximately $300 to $500 per carat to produce a lab-grown diamond using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) in 2020, compared with $4,000 per carat in 2008.

For younger consumers interested in tying the knot without breaking the bank, lab diamonds are a high-quality, less-expensive alternative to natural diamonds. If you're interested in buying a white gold or rose gold engagement ring, buying a lab diamond can offer significant savings.

Unrivaled Brilliance

Naturally occurring diamonds are forged by the extreme pressure and immense heat of earth's mantle approximately 100 miles underground. Because the growth process of lab diamonds mimics the natural growing conditions of real diamonds, lab diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical to real diamonds—meaning they share the same sparkle, fluorescence, and brilliance as natural diamonds.

Unlike moissanite, cubic zirconia, and other simulated gems, lab diamonds are nearly impossible to distinguish from natural diamonds and can be shaped into all the same styles as natural diamonds.

 Quality Craftsmanship

According to a recent study by the American Institute of Physics, lab diamonds have a significant edge over earth-mined diamonds, as lab-grown diamonds were found to be 10 times more durable than their natural counterparts. All lab diamonds are cut, faceted, and polished by diamond experts with years of experience in the diamond industry to ensure that there are no imperfections or impurities, making them perfect for a diamond engagement ring or wedding band.

At Agape Diamonds, all lab created engagement rings are made to order, assuring high-quality craftsmanship, durability, and exceptional customer service. If you're interested in custom engagement rings or want a larger diamond, the experts at Agape Diamonds can help you find the lab-created diamond ring of your dreams. Unlike other diamond simulants, the Agape Simulated Diamond is guaranteed to last—it won’t fade, lose its sparkle, or show any impurities.

Ultimately, understanding the benefits of lab-grown diamonds can help you make the decision that's right for you. Whatever type of diamond you choose, the expert jewelers at Agape Diamonds can help you design the perfect engagement ring with a wide selection of beautiful lab-grown diamonds.

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