Misunderstood Myths About Lab-Grown Diamonds

For long scientists have been experimenting with technologies to simulate the subterranean environment in which diamonds formed billions of years ago in laboratories. In a recent breakthrough, they have arrived at a process in which real stones, chemically and optically similar to those that form in the earth's core, can be synthesized in labs.

The interesting thing about these new beauties is that they are clean and conflict-free, real and less expensive but despite all these benefits there are still certain myths regarding these gems with the public at large.

Myth #1 The Confusion Surrounding Names

Synthesized diamonds go around the market by many names. One must make acquaintance with these terms before taking their pick. They are known as manmade diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, cultured diamonds and cultivated diamonds. The names are different across continents so be aware of this to avoid any confusion - synthesized diamonds are no different from natural diamonds.

Myth#2 What Synthetic Means Here

The name synthetic diamond is kind of a misnomer since they share the chemical and structural formula of a real diamond. These stones like natural diamonds come from carbon. There is nothing synthetic in their material - diamonds grown in labs are 100% crystallized carbon. Diamonds that occur in nature are of the same chemical composition.

Myth#3 There Are No Important Points of Difference

There is no consequential difference between a diamond that was born deep under the earth's crust and a diamond formed in the laboratory. Both are produced from carbon in the same process. One occurs naturally and by chance, the other through controlled processes in controlled lab environments. Therefore, it can be safely said that physically, chemically and optically, both the varieties are one and the same.

Source: Irish Sun