In today’s luxury jewelry market, state-of-the-art machinery is capable of recreating the look and quality of a natural diamond forged deep in the Earth. While lab-created diamonds are an affordable alternative, natural diamonds still boast numerous advantages for married couples to-be.
Natural vs. Lab-Created Diamonds
Natural diamonds have earned a distinction as being the rare and beautiful accents that line your ring and represent your love. Lab-created diamonds offer couples an alternative that looks identical to its natural counterpart, except it's formed in a lab not miles in the Earth’s crust.
Lab-created and natural diamonds come in a variety of diamond shapes like round, oval, princess, emerald, asscher, and marquise. The differences between natural and lab-created stones are few but have a major impact on the value of your ring.
Learn more about the 4 C’s (cut, clarity, color, carat) of diamonds in our diamond education resource.
Behind the Lab-Grown Diamond Creation Process
Natural diamonds are formed about 100 miles beneath the surface of the Earth in an environment with extremely high temperatures and pressures.
In comparison, lab-created diamonds offer an unlimited supply to the rarity of naturally-formed diamonds. HPHT and CVD techniques use high pressure and temperatures in chambers and a tiny carbon seed to mimic the same environment deep in the Earth's crust.
Lab-created diamonds are modern marvels allowing all couples to choose their dream ring. Still, natural diamonds offer an inimitable quality that can’t be replicated in a lab. Any choice is good but natural will always produce a product with more inherent value.
Advantages of Natural Diamonds
Natural diamonds are a rarity that retains an air of history and wonder, no matter what new technologies develop. It is a timeless tradition that will continue to be the most popular choice for couples.
Benefits of buying natural diamonds include:
- Tradition: Diamonds have been a hallmark of jewelry-making and bridal jewelry for many years. Keep the tradition alive with a naturally-formed work of art.
- Resale value: While you may never sell your diamond, you will feel good knowing that it holds to its value for longer than a lab-created diamond.
- Rarity: There is no denying that naturally-formed diamonds are a finite resource. Hold a piece of history as your memento of love.
- Beauty: Jewelry designers can create a stunning and faceted display of brilliance with a rough diamond.
Nowadays, conflict-free natural diamonds are more common than ever. The Kimberley Process (KP), in particular, is the leading certification committed to sourcing diamonds from conflict-free regions. Today, the Kimberley Process is an industry-standard practice, accounting for more than 99% of the rough diamond production worldwide.
Shop BARONS Jewelers for Natural Diamond Rings
Find a natural diamond ring that reflects your unique style at BARONS Jewelers in Dublin, California. Create your own custom ring or shop from a wide range of classic and contemporary styles from designers like Tacori, Michael M, Simon G, ArtCarved, A. Jaffe, and more.
Schedule an appointment to speak with one of our expert jewelers. We’ll help you find a natural diamond ring you can cherish for ages.