How Are Lab Diamonds Made?
Lab diamonds are made in controlled laboratory environments using today’s most advanced technologies that duplicate the growing conditions of mined diamonds or those produced by the earth.
Lab diamonds have the same optical and chemical properties as mined diamonds. The sparkle is the exact same. The only difference is their origin.
Yes, lab-created diamonds will test positive on a diamond tester. Although grown by scientists in a lab instead of in the earth's crust, lab diamonds are absolutely real diamonds. They have the same chemical and optical properties as natural diamonds.
Expert gemologists cannot tell the difference between the two with the naked eye. A lab diamond can only be distinguished from mined diamonds using specialized equipment that can detect the minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth.
No, moissanite is a different mineral and stone than lab-created diamonds, with a completely different look and hardness rating.
We do not work with moissanite for any of our jewelry or engagement rings.
There are two common methods for lab diamond creation and growing, High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition). CVD is a newer technology and the preferred process to produce a quality, genuine diamond. We only use lab diamonds that are grown using the CVD process.
It is generally considered to take about a month to grow a 1ct CVD diamond, although growth periods vary individually for each diamond.
Growing these diamonds requires a unique and innovative process that starts with a thin ‘seed’ diamond placed inside a chamber and subjected to high temperatures. Then, a carbon-rich gas mixture is introduced to the chamber. The gases are ionized to break down their molecular bonds, allowing the pure carbon to attach itself to the diamond seed. As the carbon builds up, it forms atomic bonds with the seed diamond, resulting in the growth of a new, larger diamond — identical to diamonds found in nature.
This is how all of our lab diamond center stones are grown and are exclusively used for our engagement rings.
About GIA Certified Stones
Just like mined diamonds, not all lab diamonds are grown or cut perfectly. That’s why we hand-select the top 1% of diamonds available in the market.
Quality matters. You can trust you’re getting the highest quality lab diamond because we invest in GIA-certified center stones–the foremost diamond grading authority in the world.
Our diamond experts search for the best lab diamonds, so you don’t have to. Our digital feed only features colorless or nearly colorless lab diamonds from a D-H color range to select from when creating your engagement ring.
Just like earth-mined diamonds, their market value will vary over time. Since lab diamonds are a more recent introduction to the market, there is more uncertainty on future pricing when compared to natural diamonds.
We value your ability to choose what matters most to you. When it comes to your diamond engagement ring, we encourage you to select the diamond that makes the most sense for your budget and preferences. We will always provide exceptional quality engagement rings and stones, regardless of whether that stone is grown in a lab.
Yes, just like a mined diamond, lab diamond rings can be insured. We recommend BriteCo for jewelry and engagement rings.
All of our lab grown diamonds are Type IIa, offered in D-H color grading.
A Type IIa diamond is considered to be the most chemically pure type of diamond, with exceptional optical transparency and making up less than 2% of naturally occurring diamonds.
Diamonds Beyond the 4C's
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Color evaluation is based on the absence of color in white diamonds. Our center stones are exclusively colorless to near colorless and all of our jewelry is colorless.
A well-cut diamond reflects and refracts light for maximum brilliance. Our diamonds are ‘Excellent’ cut—the highest grading a diamond can receive.
Carat indicates the weight of a diamond, not the size. Our lab diamonds are always cut to maximize the overall beauty in any given price range.
Clarity refers to the absence of inclusions in a diamond. We offer VS+ clarity lab diamonds with no visible imperfections to the naked eye.
Lab diamonds are chemically and optically the same as natural diamonds. The primary difference between a lab grown diamond and an earth-mined diamond is its growth origin. Even an expert gemologist cannot recognize the difference between the two with the naked eye, and lab diamonds test positive on a diamond tester.
The cut of the diamond is paramount because it delivers light, scintillation, and brilliance. We focus on identifying the diamonds that have the best cut, crafted by only the best artists. We exclusively work with expert diamond cutters that cut for beauty, not just value and profit.
A highly-visible aspect of a diamond is its color, which can be described as the distinction between a diamond that’s exceptionally white, perfectly white, or has a hint of yellow that becomes increasingly noticeable.
Our diamond experts hand-select GIA-certified stones for your engagement ring from the top 1% of diamonds available worldwide. Personalize your dream engagement ring from our digital lab diamond collection.
Our engagement rings are exclusively made with lab diamond center stones that you select from our digital diamond feed.
We exclusively uses colorless, VS+ clarity lab-grown accent diamonds and pavé (depending on style) to ensure the best quality and sparkle. Our Signature Stone® is the only gemstone that may be a natural stone if you select anything other than a lab diamond.
Jean Dousset exclusively uses lab grown diamonds and lab diamond pavé throughout all engagement ring and jewelry collections.
Select your preferred engagement ring design and your personalizations. Then select your center stone from our curated diamond feed to view the final price of your engagement ring.
In case you can't find what you're looking for, we encourage you to Contact Us and we'd be happy to assist you with your engagement ring.
“Lab diamonds are without a doubt the biggest innovation, disruption, and opportunity the jewelry industry has ever seen.”
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Lab Diamonds Exclusively For You
Born from a legacy of high jewelry, Jean Dousset emerged as an homage to unrivaled lineage and boundless inspiration. The artistry and craftsmanship that define our designs today trace back t. . .
Born from a legacy of high jewelry, Jean Dousset emerged as an homage to unrivaled lineage and boundless inspiration. The artistry and craftsmanship that define our designs today trace back to the heritage from which our founder, Jean, draws wisdom. A legacy that dates back to the innovative genius of his great-great-grandfather, Louis Cartier, whose visionary spirit has paved the way for our evolution as a designer lab diamond brand.
As the jewelry industry and consumer preferences evolve, we have undertaken a thoughtful exploration of our own path forward. Acknowledging the increasing demand for lab grown stones, Jean Dousset embarked on a mission to redefine the landscape of designer diamond jewelry and engagement rings. Our vision? To indulge in one’s desires without compromise, ushering in a new paradigm that transcends limitations and compromises like never before. How lab-grown diamonds are made unlocks the potential for larger, superior-quality diamonds, liberating designs from the constraints and sacrifices associated with their mined counterparts.
While we will always honor and cherish our heritage, Jean Dousset now exclusively embraces the cutting-edge category of GIA-certified lab-grown diamonds. This deliberate choice empowers you to seize your biggest jewelry dreams, acquiring the ring you’ve always desired and the diamond jewelry that stands the test of time. With our unwavering commitment to innovation, uncompromising beauty, and signature styles, Jean Dousset ensures that your desires are within reach.
In his own words, Jean explains, “I truly believe lab diamonds are the future, and the category does also represent the future generations' eco-friendly mindset and values. As a company, we are working towards creating a more sustainable business. We will continue to innovate when it comes to packaging and our products, such as utilizing recycled precious metals and more.”
Many lovers of diamond jewelry wonder “how are lab grown diamonds made?” Let’s discuss the unique and innovative creation process.
How Are Lab Grown Diamonds Made?
First and foremost, lab diamonds are real diamonds. Lab diamonds are created in controlled laboratory environments using advanced technologies that replicate the natural growing conditions of diamonds formed within the Earth's depths. By duplicating the same elemental forces that shape mined diamonds, lab grown counterparts possess identical optical and chemical properties. Their mesmerizing light performance, captivating brilliance, and scintillating fire are indistinguishable from naturally sourced counterparts. It’s important to note the only distinguishing factor lies in their origin, as lab diamonds are created with human ingenuity and innovation rather than the geological processes that shaped their earthly counterparts. If you’re curious about how lab-grown diamonds are made, then you may also wonder if they test as real diamonds. Keep reading to find out.
Do Lab-Grown Diamonds Test Positively as Real Diamonds?
The simple answer is a resounding "yes!" Lab diamonds register as authentic diamonds when subjected to diamond testers, leaving no room for uncertainty. Despite their untraditional origin, lab diamonds are unequivocally real diamonds, possessing identical chemical and optical properties to mined stones. The discerning eyes of expert gemologists are unable to detect any distinction between lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds through visual examination alone. It’s only through the utilization of specialized equipment capable of detecting subtle dissimilarities in trace elements and crystal growth can a gemologist make a distinction between lab-grown and mined diamonds.These lab-grown stones epitomize the remarkable achievements of scientific innovation, seamlessly offering the beauty and magnetism of diamonds while being a sustainable and ethically sound alternative to mined diamonds.
Important Distinction: Lab Diamonds Are Not the Same as Moissanite
Lab diamonds and moissanite are distinctly different when it comes to their composition and properties. Moissanite is not a form of diamond; it is a separate mineral altogether. These two gemstones possess distinct appearances and hardness ratings that set them apart.
At Jean Dousset, we exclusively focus on lab diamonds and do not incorporate moissanite into any of our jewelry or engagement ring designs. We pledge to hand-select diamonds solely from the top 1% of lab diamonds available around the world. By prioritizing lab diamonds, we guarantee the exceptional quality, unmatched brilliance, and long-lasting beauty that our discerning customers expect and deserve. All so you can acquire what you desire without compromise. Next, we’ll cover the unique and innovative growing processes.
How Are Lab Diamonds Made in the Lab & What Are the Growing Methods?
In the laboratory, lab diamonds are cultivated through two prevalent methods: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). While both methods have their merits, CVD has emerged as the preferred process for producing high-quality, authentic diamonds. At Jean Dousset, we exclusively work with lab diamonds grown through the CVD process for all of our diamonds over one carat, ensuring exceptional quality and beauty with every stone.
The process of growing lab diamonds involves a unique series of steps. It starts with a slender 'seed' diamond carefully positioned within a chamber, where it is subjected to highly elevated temperatures. Subsequently, a gas mixture enriched with carbon is introduced into the chamber. Through the process of ionization, the molecular bonds of the gasses are broken down, enabling the pure carbon atoms to affix themselves to the diamond seed. Over time, as the carbon accumulates, it forms atomic bonds with the seed diamond, ultimately resulting in the formation of a new and larger (and beautiful) diamond. Like magic, lab grown diamonds exhibit indistinguishable resemblance to naturally occurring diamonds.
The growth period for lab diamonds can vary individually for each stone, typically taking approximately a month to cultivate a 1 carat CVD diamond. This intricate process requires precision, expertise, and advanced technology to ensure the creation of diamonds that possess the same brilliance, clarity, and durability as mined diamonds.
At Jean Dousset, we are devoted to moving forward and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with jewelry. Hence, we exclusively work with lab diamonds that have been grown using the CVD process for all of our diamonds over one carat. By selecting lab diamonds cultivated through this advanced method, we guarantee the high-quality and beauty that our customers expect.
Jean Dousset’s Commitment to GIA-certified Lab Grown Diamonds
As you may expect, not all lab diamonds are created equal. Jean Dousset prioritizes quality above all else. When you choose our lab diamond jewelry, you can trust that you are receiving only the best. By selecting GIA-certified lab grown diamonds for all of our engagement ring center stones, we collaborate with the foremost authority in diamond grading, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This certification guarantees each lab diamond center stone that we offer meets the highest standards of quality and authenticity.
To promise an unparalleled selection for our valued customers, our team of diamond experts diligently scours the market for the finest lab diamonds available. We undertake this responsibility so you don’t have to, and you can feel assured knowing that the diamonds featured in our collection have undergone rigorous scrutiny and evaluation. By curating our digital feed exclusively with colorless or nearly colorless lab diamonds from the coveted D-H color range, we provide you with a wide array of options to choose from when creating your dream engagement ring. This means that you will love any diamond you choose from us.
The Ultimate Value of Lab Diamond Jewelry
When it comes to diamond jewelry, whether lab grown or mined, we wholeheartedly recommend making a purchase that holds sentimental value to you or your loved ones. At Jean Dousset, we understand the significance of these precious diamonds in commemorating life’s most meaningful milestones. In recognition of the evolving tastes and preferences of our valued customers, we offer a lifetime engagement ring upgrade program, ensuring that you have the flexibility to embrace something new, be it for your first anniversary or your tenth.
Our top-rated client advisory team is here to guide you in selecting what truly matters to you. We believe in empowering you to choose the engagement ring that aligns with your personal preferences and financial considerations. To guarantee the utmost quality, we exclusively work with GIA-certified lab-grown diamonds for all of our engagement ring center stones. Our goal is to provide an unprecedented, high-quality lab diamond engagement ring that perfectly aligns with your desires and preferences without compromise or sacrifice. We strive to create an unforgettable and personalized experience, offering a range of options that cater to various budgets and design aesthetics. With our dedication to craftsmanship and a high quality bar, we assure you that your chosen lab diamond engagement ring will have the beauty, brilliance, and durability that will be loved for a lifetime.
Insure Your Lab Diamond Engagement Ring
Just like a mined diamond ring, insuring your lab diamond engagement ring is vital and offers priceless peace of mind and protection from unexpected events. To assist you in securing the appropriate coverage for Your Dream Ring®, we highly recommend exploring options with BriteCo, Jean Dousset’s trusted provider of jewelry insurance. With BriteCo, you can obtain a complimentary quote specifically tailored to your unique needs, ensuring that your lab diamond engagement ring receives comprehensive protection. Should you require any further guidance or have additional inquiries, our concierge-style team is here to assist you every step of the way. Feel free to contact us, and we will gladly provide the necessary support to help you navigate the insurance process seamlessly. Your happiness is our top priority.