Synthetic Diamonds: How Scientists Grow This Game-Changing Gem

Ever since De Beers popularized diamond engagement rings in the early 1900s, engagement rings have been an especially pricey investment. Originally, the man was expected to spend an entire month’s salary to buy the ring. With time, this expectation grew to two months. Today, some even claim it’s three. Is there a way to get the right ring for your future spouse without breaking the bank?
Well, there is one alternative.
Synthetic diamonds.

 

WHAT ARE SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS?
Synthetic diamonds are not imitation diamonds, like cubic zirconia, glass, or another of a host of imposter stones. Synthetic diamonds are, indeed, real diamonds. They have the same carbon structure of authentic diamonds, and, for all intents and purposes, are indistinguishable from the “real thing”. Oh, and did I mention they cost less?
Unlike natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds don’t come from a gaping mine in the middle of nowhere. Instead, they come from a lab!

 

HOW IT’S MADE
It’s actually pretty easy to follow the process of growing a synthetic diamond.
Here’s the quick version of how it works:

 

THE IMPACT OF SYNTHETICS
As you might have guessed, synthetic diamonds have made a bit of an impact on the diamond industry. Synthetic diamonds can cost as much as 40% less than natural diamonds, making it a much more lucrative offer. Another advantage of synthetic diamond production is where it comes from – or rather, where it doesn’t come from. Since synthetic diamonds are grown in a lab, they are practically harmless to the environment, unlike their natural brothers that are ripped out of mines. On top of that, they don’t contribute to ongoing conflicts and wars in the countries where diamond mines are located, something “blood diamonds” have unfortunately become infamous for in past years.

 

 

YOU DO YOU
So, if you’re planning on popping the question, should you buy natural, or synthetic? In the end, it’s all up to preference. Buying an engagement ring is a deeply personal decision, and it should say something about the relationship that it represents. That said, there are plenty of reasons for buying synthetic, and with a lower price, better options, and a smaller environmental footprint, I know what I’m buying when that magic moment arrives.
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