Purchasing a diamond for the first time is a momentous decision. Whether you're preparing for an engagement or celebrating a big milestone, diamonds play a significant role in life's most special moments. Not sure where to start? One of the most important factors to consider when you start your diamond buying journey is whether you want a lab-grown or natural diamond. Both lab-grown and natural gemstones have their own benefits, depending on what’s more important to you.
At Crocker’s, we’re proud to announce that we now carry lab-grown diamonds in addition to our vast selection of natural gemstones. Plus, we’re committed to finding the perfect stone for you. You may wonder what the differences are between natural and lab-grown diamonds. That's why we've outlined both below, so you can easily discover the perfect diamond for you.
Where Do Diamonds Come From?
In order to understand how diamonds are formed, let’s travel back in time and uncover their origin. Billions of years ago, pockets of carbon deep beneath the earth's surface were put under intense heat and pressure. As time passed, these carbon deposits crystalized, giving us diamonds. They were eventually thrust to the earth's surface by waves of volcanic magma. Pretty cool, right?
What About Lab-Grown Diamonds?
While today’s gemologists might not have access to lava tunnels and unlimited time, they do have incredibly advanced technology that allows them to create diamonds. Contrary to what you might think, lab-grown diamonds aren’t formed in a pot-and-soil situation. Instead, scientists are able to mimic the conditions that natural diamonds need to form using advanced equipment. While this might seem like a shortcut, the results of the lab-grown process are nearly identical to the natural option.
So, What’s the Difference?
To the naked eye, there is no variation between lab-grown and natural diamonds. In fact, even the most experienced gemologists can’t tell the difference without fancy equipment. The only real chemical distinction between the two types of diamonds is that small traces of nitrogen can be found in natural diamonds, but not the lab-grown variety. In order to truly distinguish between the two, it’s important to know the benefits of purchasing each kind of diamond.
What Are the Benefits?
Both lab-grown and natural diamonds have their own perks. Lab-grown diamonds can be produced in a shorter amount of time, typically a matter of weeks. Additionally, lab-grown diamonds aren’t mined and tend to be more affordable. For some, this reduced production time and cost is a superior advantage. Natural diamonds, however, have their own interesting appeal. For instance, the natural option has been around since before humans roamed the earth. They’re also considered more rare so they have a higher retail value. These subtle differences don’t mean one option is better than the other. When deciding between lab-grown and natural diamonds, it just depends on what you’re looking for.
The Best Diamonds Come From Crockers
Selecting the right diamond for your next monumental celebration is a big decision to make. Whether you prefer the lab-grown or natural variety, both options are winners because of their unique benefits. When it’s time to buy your next diamond, our team at Crocker’s is excited to help. Stop by our store and check out our new lab-grown collection at 3908 St Michael Drive in Texarkana. We can’t wait to see you!