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Earth-Created Or Lab-Grown Diamonds: Can You Spot The Difference?

We’ve lined up earth-created and lab-grown diamonds. Think YOU can spot the difference?

Earth-Created Or Lab-Grown Diamonds

Although lab-grown diamonds are grown in a lab, they are real diamonds and have the same physical, chemical and visual properties as earth-created diamonds. With this striking similarity, it begs the question: Is it possible to tell the two apart? Even expert gemologists can’t differentiate between a lab-grown and earth-created diamond with the naked eye. Are you willing to take up the challenge?

As you immerse yourself with our dazzling collection of engagement rings, anniversary rings, and gorgeous fine jewelry, we’ve highlighted jewelry featuring both earth-created and lab-grown diamonds. Think you know which is which? Take a moment to learn about lab-grown diamonds on our website, then start scrolling.

1. Round Lab-Grown Diamonds

Do you like to keep things straight-up classic? And by classic, we mean round. Our extensive collection of round lab-grown diamonds comes in a range of sizes, starting from 0.5 carats. In the early days of diamond-making, labs were only able to grow small diamonds. However, as things continue to get bigger and better, so has your sparkle. In fact, we’ve got diamond sizes in excess of a whopping 5 carats!

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the round cut center diamond.

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

This brilliant knife edge diamond solitaire offers the best of both worlds with its classic appeal at a cost-effective price.

Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

2. Fancy Lab-Grown Diamonds

Do you like the fancy things in life? Lab-grown diamonds aren’t just reserved for those who stick to the traditional approach. We’ve got a wide range of shapes, including oval, cushion, princess, emerald, and more! If you prefer your bling with a pop of color, our fancy color lab-grown diamonds come in a range of options like yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, red diamonds, and blue diamonds to name a few!

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

The knife edge design of this ring draws attention to the center diamond or gemstone, showcasing its brilliance without detracting from its beauty.

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

Petite Pavé Crown Engagement Ring

A vibrant pavé set diamond crown, featuring pavé accents on the prongs and gallery creates the perfect basket for the center diamond. The demure and feminine feel of this alluring ring is enhanced by the petite band.

Petite Pavé Crown Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

3. What’s The Actual Difference?

Have you been able to tell which diamonds are lab-grown? If not, don’t fret. They’re optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

  • Earth-created diamonds are sourced from below the earth’s surface.
  • Lab-grown diamonds are created in simulated ‘below-ground’ conditions in a lab.

Needless to say, producing the special carbon arrangement of earth-created diamonds is intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Plus, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds.

Thanks to technology, we no longer need to go digging for our precious stones. Scientists are now able to simulate the required extreme conditions using specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab-created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed. The result? A diamond packing the same quality and sparkle, produced a billion times quicker.

Octagonal Baguette Double Halo Engagement Ring

Alternating baguette and round diamonds compose the elegant and striking inner halo, surrounded by an octagonal frame of round brilliant diamonds. The shank also features pavé diamonds on each side to exalt the splendor of this magnificent ring.

Octagonal Baguette Double Halo Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring

This dramatic, spiraling tension-set solitaire ring allows you to fully view the beautiful diamond. Sleek and secure, it’s perfect for those who like an updated style with a classic feel.

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

4. Bang For Your Buck

Lab-created diamonds are generally more affordable than earth-created diamonds, giving you a 30% larger stone for the same cost

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond-shoppers. If you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality and sparkle, lab-created diamonds are a great choice for you! 

Bow Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds.

Bow Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring with a lab-grown diamond

5. Worth It? We Think So

There’s no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. While earth-created diamonds are the classic choice, lab-grown diamonds are an affordable option and equally fresh. No matter what you decide, both diamonds hold their magnificent sparkle forever!

Have we made a strong case to go for a lab-grown diamond? If you’re ready, you can pick up a 1 carat lab-created diamond starting at around $1,550. However, the price largely depends on its specifications. Remember, the 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) also need to be considered, as these all impact the overall cost of lab-grown diamonds. 

6. Lab-Created Bling

Lab-created diamonds aren’t only for engagement rings. You can choose from a wide selection of lab-created diamond stud earrings and pendants when you shop with us.

Three Prong Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

This three-prong martini setting is constructed to fit the exact size of the lab-created diamonds, which sit perfectly flush into the setting exactly as the Martini design was intended.

Three Prong Martini Diamond Stud Earrings with lab-grown diamonds

Halo Diamond Earrings

These beautifully crafted earrings feature a halo of sparkling lab-created round brilliant diamonds that elegantly frame the lab-created center diamond.

Halo Diamond Earrings with a lab-grown diamond

Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

This pendant is designed to showcase the beauty of a round cut lab-created diamond. The finely crafted four prong wire basket pendant features a kite orientation to add a twist to the traditional solitaire necklace.

Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant with a lab-grown diamond

Final Thoughts:

Were you able to tell our lab-grown and earth-created diamonds apart? Here’s the bottom line: Both are winners! Lab-grown diamonds offer equal brilliance and sparkle as earth-created diamonds. That being said, if you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality, a lab-grown diamond may be calling your name.


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Earth-Created vs. Lab-Grown Diamonds: A Guide

Lab-grown diamond – or earth-created diamond? Here’s all the data you need to live your best sparkling life.

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Lab-grown diamonds are pretty much the new kids on the jewelry block. So let’s clarify a few points, so you can decide with 100% confidence which sort of sparkle sets a twinkle in your eye: classic earth-created diamonds, or cutting-edge lab-grown diamonds

ORIGIN

The only difference between the two is their origin.

Earth-created diamonds: sourced from below the earth’s surface.
Lab-created diamonds: created in simulated “below-ground” conditions in a lab.

What’s a diamond? It’s just carbon atoms. But arrange them in a very particular structure, and you get the incredibly hard and beautiful stone we know and love. Producing this special carbon arrangement in nature demands conditions that are…intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Needless to say, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds. 

But technology has advanced to the point that we don’t always have to go digging for our precious stones; we can actually simulate the necessary extreme conditions in specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab-created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed.

Lab-created diamonds even develop their own unique characteristics (inclusions, clarity, etc) along the way, and once they’re fully grown they’re cut into the shape that suits their qualities best.

White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
with Cushion-Cut Diamond

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: white gold halo cushion-cut diamond engagement ring

Rose Gold Vintage Engagement Ring
with Princess-Cut Diamond

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: rose gold vintage floral diamond engagement ring

COST

Lab-grown diamonds are generally about 30% more affordable than earth-created diamonds.

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond-shoppers. That means that for the same cost, you can purchase a lab-created diamond that’s 30% larger than an earth-created one.

Rose Gold Bezel-Set Pavé Engagement Ring

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: rose gold pavé bezel-set diamond engagement ring

Two-Tone Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

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VALUE

Earth-created diamonds are the classic choice. Lab-created diamonds are the fresh choice. 

There is no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. They are one of nature’s most incredible products. Drawn from deep within the earth, these sparkling treasures have been proudly flaunted by generations upon generations – paving the way for you to carry on the tradition.

Lab-created diamonds, on the other hand, are the next step in diamond history. Technically speaking, they’re brand new. But traditionally speaking, diamonds are diamonds forever. Lab-created diamonds give their wearer a unique chance to create new memories. 

Both earth-created diamonds AND lab-created diamonds hold their sparkle forever, so they’ll be just as beautiful when you’ll pass them on as heirlooms as they are when you wear them on a night out.

Rose Gold Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

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White Gold Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: white gold tapered pavé diamond engagement ring

CUTS & COLORS

Both earth-created and lab-created diamonds are available in nearly every shape and color – even fancy colors!

Colorful diamonds, like canary yellow ones, are quite rare. Their shocking hues are caused by trace amounts of non-carbon elements, like nitrogen. By adding these elements to a growing diamond in its pressure chamber, lab-grown diamonds take on the same fancy colors as earth-created diamonds.
Good news: any diamond can be cut into any shape. When it comes to diamond cuts, you truly are spoiled for choice!

White Gold Milgrain Engagement Ring
with Princess-Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: white gold fancy yellow diamond engagement ring

White Gold Laurel Engagement Ring
with Cushion-Cut Diamond

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: white gold cushion-cut diamond engagement ring

JEWELRY

Diamonds aren’t only for rings. Have a look at the pendants and earrings that can be set with either earth-created or lab-grown diamonds:

White Gold Bezel-Set Diamond Pendant

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Yellow Gold Scroll Diamond Pendant

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: yellow gold diamond pendant

White Gold Princess-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: white gold princess-cut diamond stud earrings

Yellow Gold Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

lab-grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds: yellow gold diamond stud earrings

Searching for more diamond reading? Read on below!

  1. Lab-created Diamonds vs. Moissanite
  2. Princess Cut vs. Cushion Cut 
  3. Why Diamond Cut Matters Most
  4. How To Care For Your Diamonds
  5. Our Diamond Price Match Guarantee

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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.

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Diamond, the April birthstone, needs little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world and the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what is it about the sparkly stone that makes it such a prize?

The answer lies in the stone’s rarity, toughness, and, above all, exceptional beauty.

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In Rare Form: The April Birthstone

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In their purest form, diamonds are clear but may contain a hint of yellow. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a yellow or rose gold setting. However, the vast majority prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.

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A popular alternative to colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds come in a range of natural hues including yellow and pink. Colors at the vivid end of the spectrum are quite rare and, therefore, more valuable.

Tough Love: The April Birthstone

Diamonds are tough. Really tough. Like the-hardest-mineral-on-Earth tough. Being virtually indestructible has its advantages, of course. Diamonds do not require much maintenance to keep them looking like new. They also retain their polish for a very long time, making them equally suitable for everyday wear and special occasions. Ironically, the only thing capable of scratching a diamond is another diamond, so it’s best to store diamond jewels separately.

Flexible Floral Motif Diamond Bracelet

Every day feels like spring with this floral motif diamond bracelet, which features a flower-like cluster on either side. The flexible bangle looks super fresh when worn alone or stacked with others.

april birthstone flexible floral motif diamond bracelet

Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

Delicate as spring’s first buds, these diamond studs glisten like the morning dew. The diamonds sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear.

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Grande Floral Halo Diamond Necklace

This floral fantasy of a pendant features a sparkling halo of pavé-set diamond petals that frames the round center diamond.

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Beauty Bound: The April Birthstone

Several factors determine a diamond’s beauty. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display large amounts of fire and brilliance, otherwise known as sparkle. This, after all, is the main reason we’re here, folks. Diamond color, as we have mentioned, gives the stone its unique character and helps to determine its value.

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring.

april birthstone modern tulip diamond engagement ring

Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Shaped like a flower in full bloom, this ring’s halo does a fabulous job of framing the center diamond and bringing out its brilliance.

april birthstone floral halo engagement ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

All flowered out? This petite pavé is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s design maximizes the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, increasing their individual sparkle.

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An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

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While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
January GarnetFebruary AmethystMarch AquamarineMay EmeraldJuly RubySeptember SapphireNovember CitrineDecember Topaz

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2018 and was updated in April 2019.

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Fancy Color Diamonds: a Game of Tones

Fancy color diamonds are vibrant and super valuable. “But wait,” you interject, “I know all about diamonds from James Allen’s diamond education page, which says that diamonds are more prized if they have no color at all!”

That is true. And this is also true. Both sides of the spectrum are rare and valued: colorless diamonds as well as diamonds outside the normal color range. As a rule, the value of fancy color diamonds increases with its color intensity. Color is also determined by the diamond’s primary and secondary hues. Although both fancy color diamonds and gemstones have distinct color, diamonds have the edge because they have fire return. In other words, only diamonds can reflect light with a special sparkle.

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Fancy colored diamonds give engagement rings and jewelry a unique, vibrant touch. Choose from thousands of fancy color loose diamonds to set in an engagement ring or fine jewelry piece on JamesAllen.com.

Find Your Fancy Color Diamond

Discover the colors that rock:

Yellow Fancy Color Diamonds

Yellow is the most popular shade of fancy colored diamonds, chosen by Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and tons of others as engagement ring center stones. Fancy yellow diamonds get their color from their nitrogen content. They are often called “canary yellow diamonds,” after the small yellow bird. Yellow diamonds are a beautiful choice, especially for those seeking more affordable fancy color diamonds options.

Yellow Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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Pink Fancy Color Diamonds

Pink is also a favorite choice for fancy colored diamonds, chosen recently by Cardi B for her show-stopping engagement ring halo and by Blake Lively for her center stone. Pink diamonds are extremely rare. They are often called Argyle Diamonds, named after the Argyle diamond mine in Australia where most high-quality pink diamonds are sourced. Not all pink diamonds are Argyle diamonds — every Argyle Mine Diamond comes with an authentic grading certificate.

Pink Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

Pink Diamond Intensities

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Green Fancy Color Diamonds

Talk about improving with age — green diamonds are formed over millions of years of beta and gamma ray infusion. As you can imagine, then, they’re among the rarest colors of diamond. Green classically represents growth, nature, and comfort — green colored diamonds convey that all while reflecting light.

Green Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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Blue Fancy Color Diamonds

Blue diamonds are extremely rare and are caused by their levels of boron. Remember that absurdly large Heart of the Ocean blue diamond from Titanic? The diamond as well as its history of being owned by Louis XVI are fictional, but they’re based in truth: blue diamonds have been sought out by royals and nobility for centuries.

Blue Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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For more colors and cuts: our collection of Fancy Color Diamonds.

Looking for other stones with a splash of color? Read up on Blue Sapphires and Red Garnets.

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