Lab Grown Diamond FAQs






1. What is the difference between a lab grown diamond and a natural mined diamond?

Lab-grown diamonds are classified as genuine diamonds because they possess the identical chemical composition as mined diamonds. In essence, both types exhibit indistinguishable physical and chemical properties.

Mined diamonds originate from natural processes deep underground, subjected to immense pressure over millions of years. Conversely, lab-grown diamonds are cultivated under controlled conditions within laboratory settings, replicating the high-pressure environment necessary for diamond formation.

Lab grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular due to their ethical and environmental benefits, as well as their typically lower cost compared to natural diamonds.

The sole disparity between the two lies in their origins, with one emerging from below the Earth’s surface and the other produced in a Laboratory.




2. Is there any physical differences between lab grown diamonds and natural mined diamonds? How can you tell them apart?

In terms of chemical composition, crystal structure and physical properties natural mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds are virtually identical. Both types of diamonds have the same hardness, brilliance and durability.

There are subtle differences between the two, such as grown patterns, which can only be detected under specialized and expensive testing equipment.

Lab grown diamonds are designed and produced to be visually and physically indistinguishable.




3. Are lab grown diamonds certified?

Yes, lab grown diamonds are certified just like natural mined diamonds. Certification ensures that the diamond meets certain standards of quality, authenticity, authenticity and characteristics. We exclusively offer diamonds certified by GIA, IGI and HRD.

As with mined diamonds, it’s recommended to steer clear of diamonds  without a certificate or with an in-house certificate.




4. How can I make sure I’m buying a natural diamond and not a lab grown diamond?

To ensure you are purchasing a natural diamond, always demand for certification from a trusted gemmological lab. Ideally, stick with a diamond certified by GIA if you are opting for a natural mined diamond.

Your diamond certificate will clearly indicate whether you diamond is a natural mined diamond or a lab grown onle.

To guarantee authenticity, ensure you diamond is laser inscribed with its certificate number. Refrain from purchasing a diamond lacking an inscription, as it ensures authenticity, providing you with confidence in your purchase.




5. Does a lab grown diamond hold its value? Will the value of lab grown diamonds go down in the future?

Lab grown diamonds do not hold value in the long run. The cost of lab grown diamonds has been consistently decreasing in recent years and is anticipated to continue on this downward trajectory. As lab diamond technologies improve, their production becomes more efficient, leading to lower prices over time. The ability to mass produce lab grown diamonds means that there is an  abundance of supply further drives prices down, impacting the long-term value of lab diamonds.

Lab grown diamond should be purchased and worn to enjoy and appreciate




6. How can I test to see if my diamond  is naturally mined? Will lab grown diamonds pass a diamond tester?


Moissanite or cubic zirconia will trigger a response on a diamond tester, whereas both lab grown and mined diamonds will not. For accurate verification, it's advisable to have your diamond examined at a local gemmological laboratory. As technology progresses, advanced portable testers will become available to jewellers soon which will differentiate lab grown diamonds from natural mined diamonds.




7. How much cheaper are lab grown diamonds than mined diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are currently between 60% - 80% cheaper than mined diamonds of similar quality. Bigger the diamond, bigger the price difference between both.




8. Do lab grown diamonds last as long as mined diamonds?

Both lab grown and mined diamonds are made of the same material and have the chemical composition. Diamonds are considered the ‘hardest known material in the world’. Your diamond will last forever, be it natural mined or lab grown.




9. Are natural mined diamonds considered better quality than lab grown diamonds?

Both lab grown diamonds and natural mined diamonds can range from poor to exceptional quality.




10. Lab grown or mined diamond, which one is better to purchase?

Its personal preference. Currently, 90% of our online requests are for a lab grown diamond. We tend not to sway a client in either direction.

If size matters to you and you want a ring to cherish forever, go for a lab grown diamond.

If you value the potential for upgrades, passing down to future generations, or owning a diamond with some inherent value, then choosing a mined diamond is the way to go.

You decide.




11. Can you select your 5c’s with a lab grown diamond?

Absolutely – 5c’s are just as relevant and important with lab grown diamonds as they are with mined diamonds. There are plenty of options and varieties in the lab grown diamond market to suit your needs and requirements.


GIA certified lab grown diamonds remain somewhat limited in the market. There's a higher probability of discovering a beautifully cut non-round diamond certified by IGI than by GIA. If you are after a lab grown diamond, prioritise the cut over the certificate.




12. Do lab grown diamonds look as sparkly as natural diamonds years later or do they look cloudy and murky after many years?

Both mined and lab-grown diamonds dazzle with brilliance, provided they possess natural luster. However, envision a diamond as a hall of mirrors; even the slightest touch can obscure its clarity. For tips on effectively cleaning your diamond, refer to our blog post "Engagement Ring Aftercare."




13. Is it worth buying a lab grown diamond for your loved one?

We frequently receive this question.

If you're seeking a ring to cherish for a lifetime, consider a lab-grown diamond, as there's no discernible visual difference. However, if you desire a ring with potential value retention, future upgrade options, or the intention to pass it down to grandchildren, sticking with a mined diamond is advisable.

Keep in mind that a natural mined diamond should not be viewed as an investment. Avoid purchasing a diamond solely for this purpose. If you're considering an investment for your loved one, you might find greater value in purchasing gold or a luxury watch.




14. Are lab grown diamonds considered fake diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are indeed genuine diamonds, not considered fake. However, it's crucial to distinguish them from diamond simulants like moissanite and cubic zirconia, which may bear resemblance but are not authentic diamonds.


It is essential to ensure that any purchase of lab grown diamonds is clearly disclosed to the seller and explicitly stated on all invoices or receipts.




15. Which is better: HPHT or CVD lab diamonds?

Different companies often promote their preferred diamond cultivation method. Some backed by HPHT diamond labs claim superiority, while others partnered with CVD diamond factories argue the opposite.


However, these claims are just marketing tactics. In reality, there's no real difference in diamond quality between the two methods. Both CVD and HPHT diamonds are made in labs, replicating natural processes.


Focus on the diamond's quality; its cut, its colour, cut, and clarity; when buying, not the cultivation method.


Thanks to today's technological advancements, both methods can create high-quality lab diamonds that are colourless and flawless.  There is no clear visual distinction between HPHT and CVD diamonds.



  1. HPHT diamonds, unlike CVD diamonds, do not need post-growth treatment to enhance their colour and clarity. They are grown to mimic the natural formation process, but this intricate production process comes at a higher cost. It's worth noting that HPHT stones may sometimes exhibit a blue tint, so it's advised to avoid this flaw.


  1. Meanwhile, in the CVD method, labs mass-produce diamonds, often resulting in lower quality with subdued colour and clarity. To make them more appealing, post-growth treatment is applied to enhance their colour and clarity. However, CVD stones may sometimes display a brown tint, which is best to steer clear of. They also boast a more environmentally friendly profile compared to HPHT diamonds, thanks to their lower energy consumption during production.


For the ideal diamond, consult one of our experts. We meticulously select each stone to ensure our clients receive nothing short of excellence.