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Both lab-created diamonds and naturally mined diamonds are identical to the naked eye; they have the same physical and visual properties and are evaluated and graded using the same 4Cs (color, clarity, cut, and carat).

What’s the biggest difference?

Lab diamonds are mass-produced in labs within a matter of weeks. They are lower in price with little to no resale value.

Natural diamonds are formed under the Earth’s crust over billions of years; they’re one-of-a-kind and have a higher price with a resale value of approximately 50% or more.

Are lab-created diamonds sustainable?

There isn’t an easy yes/no answer; there are many variables, and it truly depends on the perspective or concern you’re viewing it from. The reality is, both natural and lab diamonds have negative impacts on the environment. For example, on average, a 1ct lab diamond releases over 500 kg of greenhouse gases, which is more than three times that of a natural diamond. However, producing diamonds in a lab is far less damaging to the ecosystem, wildlife, and human population than mining. Those are just two examples; there’s much more to responsible use, and I encourage you to do your own research to form your own opinion. But remember, just because it’s lab-grown doesn’t automatically mean it’s sustainable, and the ‘greenest’ diamond is a repurposed or recycled diamond because it requires no additional energy!

Which one is better?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer. I personally prefer natural diamonds due to the resale value, especially when purchasing a classic investment piece, such as a tennis necklace or bracelet. However, I’m not against lab diamonds – I’ve used them for fashion-forward pieces with larger stones, which allowed me to achieve the desired look without breaking the bank.

Deciding between the two is much like selecting a color of gold; it truly comes down to your personal preference and what resonates with you the most. Whatever you decide is the right decision.

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