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Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Rings – With Clarity

Lab diamond popularity continues to skyrocket because they’re affordable, ethically sourced, and environmentally friendly. Perhaps you aren’t as familiar with lab diamonds and want to know how to select a quality gemstone for an engagement ring. Like natural diamonds, the 4Cs (Carat, Cut, Color, and Clarity) play a crucial role in the quality of the lab-made diamond. 

Diamond Carat Weight

The first C that we’ll discuss is the carat weight, which is the diamond’s weight and size. The heavier the diamond, the more expensive it will be. This is because larger diamonds are rarer and more valuable than smaller ones. In terms of appearance, carat weight can have a significant impact. Heavier diamonds tend to look larger and more impressive than those that are lighter in weight.

Diamonds with the same carat weight won’t always look the same size when mounted because they’re different cuts. Deep shapes like cushions and princess cuts typically carry more weight in the body than round brilliants, so they will look physically smaller from the top.

Diamond Cut

The cut of the diamond is important because it determines the diamond’s beauty. A well-cut lab diamond emits more sparkle, brilliance, and fire. The diamond’s cut determines how much light enters the diamond and is reflected out, which is known as the stone’s sparkle. Round-cut diamonds are a popular cut because of their fire, followed by princess cut. You’ll see plenty of other cuts, such as oval, pear, emerald, and Asscher.  

Diamond Color

Certified lab-grown diamonds receive a grading using a color scale so that the scale is consistent and you know what diamond color you’ll get. The less color a diamond has the better the grade it receives. Color grading runs from D (colorless) to Z (a noticeably light yellow or brown). Most prefer a colorless diamond, but it’s completely up to personal preferences. A higher quality, colorless diamond will be higher quality and as a result, higher priced. In general, lab-made diamonds have fewer color variations compared to natural diamonds. 

Diamond Clarity

The clarity refers to the presence of internal or external flaws, such as inclusions within the diamonds or surface blemishes. Like other quality grading scales, there’s one for diamond clarity as well. The highest clarity quality is called flawless, which means there are no visible imperfections under 10X magnification. The end of the clarity scale is called included, which means there are visible imperfections to the naked eye. Most diamonds fall toward the middle of the clarity scale– the VS (very slightly included) or SI (slightly included) categories. Clarity isn’t as impactful on the beauty of the diamond because the imperfections are extremely tiny. Balance each quality factor carefully–some might be more important to you than others. 

Comparing Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds

Lab-made diamonds have the same chemical composition, optical properties and physical features as natural diamonds. The process to create a lab-grown diamond is similar to the process to create natural diamonds–the only difference is one occurs within the earth’s crust and the other occurs in a laboratory. Many select lab-created diamonds because they’re more affordable, environmentally friendly, ethically sourced, and conflict-free. You can expect to pay 15% to 30% less on a lab diamond than you would on a mined diamond. This price difference is because mined diamonds go through a longer supply chain and require more costly resources. Couples choose lab diamonds because, unlike most natural diamonds, you can pinpoint the origin of lab-grown diamonds.

Certification

Look for certified lab diamonds if you’re browsing diamonds. This means that the diamond is verified as being either 100% natural or lab-grown and that the quality of the diamond (color, clarity, and often cut) meets a certain standard, according to a qualified, experienced gemologist. Well-known organizations that grade diamonds include GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI). GIA has graded laboratory-grown diamonds since 2007. 

It’s also important to purchase your natural or lab grown diamond engagement ring for a reputable jeweler so that you can trust them to help you through the process and be content with your engagement ring. It’s an important purchase! 

Parting Note

Like natural diamonds, lab-grown diamond quality is measured by the 4Cs (carat, cut, color, and clarity). The carat refers to its size, while the cut refers to the shape of the diamond and how it was cut to maximize its sparkle. The color is the spectrum of colorless to a light yellow or brown hue. Clarity means the internal inclusions and external blemishes. Every diamond is unique, so evaluate each potential diamond individually based on its quality. Research the jeweler, look for certified lab-made diamonds, and spend time carefully browsing for an important purchase like an engagement ring. Consider personal preferences, budget, and values when choosing a lab-created diamond. 

Published by HOLR Magazine.