Man-made diamonds, also known as engineered or cultured diamonds and lab-grown, are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using highly advanced technologies. This process duplicates the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they are in the ground for millions of years. These lab-grown diamonds consist of real carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Since they are made from the same material as natural diamonds, they have the same properties.
Our lab-created diamonds are grown from the tiny carbon diamond seeds of pre-existing diamonds. Super advanced technology – either extreme pressure and heat or a special deposition process known as CVD – mimics the method of natural diamond formation. Some lab diamonds grown through deposition may also undergo pressure and heat treatment after they are grown. Lab-grown fancy-coloured diamonds are formed when small amounts of specific trace elements are present during the growth phase of the created diamond, just like in nature. In both white and fancy coloured lab diamonds, the exact composition of trace elements may differ from their natural diamond counterparts. A lab diamond can only be distinguished from naturally mined diamonds using specialized equipment that can detect minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth.
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