Lab grown diamond-studded engagement rings can be the ethical, economically more affordable, and scientifically sturdy alternative to natural diamonds now. In fact, they are so strong and sustainable that these diamonds are used in space exploration.
Since the first man-made diamond was successfully created by General Electric in 1954 for industrial use, lab-grown diamonds have come a long way and are now used for outer space probes.
Why Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Used In Space Exploration
Lab-grown diamonds are considered the perfect material because they can withstand the heat in outer space.
They are valued for their durability and performance, as they can withstand the extreme heat within space engines as well as the intense cosmic ray bombardment space probes contend with once out in space.
Lab-grown diamonds are also used in space probes to keep out harmful radiation.
For example, the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Mission used diamond windows for its space probes as protection against infrared radiation, as it conducted its spectral studies. It was also used to withstand extreme pressure levels from its ballistic trajectory.
Why Man-Made Diamonds For Engagement Rings And Other Jewelry?
There are at least five key reasons why one must seriously consider using lab-grown or man-made diamonds for engagement rings and other jewelry:
They are purer than natural diamonds.
Instead of being blasted out of the earth by dynamite and diesel like natural diamonds are, man-made diamonds are grown in strictly controlled human laboratories through high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods.
So, there is less strain on their crystal structure and they have fewer defects. The purer the diamond, the brighter the gemstone.
They don’t harm the environment.
Mined, natural diamonds not only create huge holes dug out of the Earth, they also damage watersheds and ecosystems. For example, a single diamond mine dug in India entails cutting down almost half a million trees and destroying the Bengal Tiger corridor.
Man-made diamonds are more vegan since they do not harm the environment like mined, natural diamonds do.
Also, natural diamond mining is getting less and less sustainable every year, while lab-grown diamonds are getting more sustainable using renewable energy.
Their origins are known.
More than six billion carats of natural diamonds have been extracted out of the Earth over the centuries. It is impossible to identify the exact origin of every single natural diamond.
Identifying the source is important because many diamond mines are also situated in conflict zones, with several documented cases of massacres. Working conditions in these mines are also inhumane and unsafe.
One does not want a beloved’s engagement ring to be the result of inhumane and unethical practices. A sign of forever love cannot be tainted by the bloodshed and tears of many.
Man-made diamonds cost less.
Lab-grown diamonds can be larger but cost less than natural diamonds. This is wonderful for engagement rings and other personal jewelry for loved ones. Man-made diamonds are 40% to 50% less expensive than mined diamonds.
For example, the price of a 1-carat diamond that has been mined can range between $2,000 to $12,000 on average, depending on the current diamond market situation. It will also depend on the diamond’s cut quality, color, clarity, and shape,
At Rare Carat, the price of a 1-carat diamond grown from the lab only averages around $1,000. Rare Carat is America’s No. 1 ring marketplace, trusted by thousands of satisfied clients, with an average 4.9 out of 5 stars rating and positive reviews in Google Business and Trustpilot.
It’s also important to remember that lab-grown diamonds are not imitations or simulants of mined diamonds. They have the exact optical, physical, and chemical properties of mined diamonds. They only differ in their origin.
Investing in man-made diamonds support a better future.
Purchasing man-made diamonds support, research and development for more sustainable diamond production practices and a better future. These research and development endeavors span such diverse fields as computing, manufacturing, materials sciences, and renewable energy.
The Future Of Lab-Grown Diamonds
Lab-grown diamonds have become so popular today because of these five key reasons. In fact, as of 2023, the share of lab-grown diamonds’ sales has grown from only 8.3% in 2020 to 22.9% by end-2022 to early 2023. Meanwhile, the share of mined diamond sales have been steadily dropping.
By May 2023, it’s estimated that 50% of loo diamonds sold by American jewelry retailers are already lab-grown diamonds.
At Rare Carat, purchasing a diamond for a ring is a simple, three-step process:
- Choose one’s diamond based on shape, color, clarity, cut, and price.
- Decide on the setting.
- Complete the ring.
If one is unsure, one can also take Rare Carat’s brief quiz, so they can guide one’s selection. One can also start with a diamond or start with a setting.