Grown diamonds, also known as above ground diamonds, are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust. These man-made diamonds consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they exhibit the same optical and chemical properties.
THE BENEFITS OF ABOVE GROUND DIAMONDS
Price: Depending on size and quality, they usually cost between 30-40% less than their mined counterparts.
Ethical Appeal: For consumers concerned about ethical issues surrounding mined diamonds (whether real or imagined), above ground diamonds present an attractive alternative.
Eco Conscious: Grown diamonds take less energy to produce and do not require tons of earth to be moved.
Sustainable: 135 million carats of gem-quality diamonds were mined in 2015, up from 131 million in 2014. At that rate, demand for mined diamonds will outpace supply by 2019.