Unearthing the processes behind lab-grown diamonds
Shopping for a diamond for a special someone?
Before you make your purchase, you may want to learn more about lab-grown diamonds.
This option has grown in popularity and been seen on celebs such as Bindi Irwin (right).
A lab-grown diamond is formed by scientists who duplicate the diamond-growing process above ground.
The method takes around six to 10 weeks and claims to be more ethical and environmentally conscious than mining.
Lab-grown diamond company Great Heights says the only difference between its diamonds and mined diamonds is their origin.
“A lab-grown diamond is just as real and contains the exact same properties as one that is formed underground,” Alexander Weindling, co-founder and CEO of Great Heights, told “Good Morning America.”
Great Heights’ diamonds are certified by the same gemologists at organizations that certify mined diamonds.
Gemological Science International is one of the labs that certify lab-grown diamonds, with 13 labs across four continents.
“A diamond is a solid transparent crystalline form of carbon. Lab-grown diamonds have the same optical, chemical and physical properties as natural diamonds,” Debbie Azar, president and co-founder of GSI, told “GMA.”
“However, natural diamonds are formed over billions of years, hundreds of miles beneath the Earth’s surface under truly remarkable conditions. Natural diamonds are unique as no two are ever the same,” Azar added.
If the individuality of the diamonds isn’t as important to you, lab-grown diamonds are easily available at large stores such as Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, and James Allen.
“Lab-created diamonds are an exceptional mix of master craftsmanship and science,” said Colleen Rooney, the SVP and chief communications officer at Signet Jewelers. “Like natural diamonds, they are comprised of carbon, and exhibit the identical optical, chemical and physical properties as natural diamonds.”
Why are People Choosing Lab-Grown Diamonds?
According to Great Heights, lab-grown diamonds are as much as 40% to 60% less expensive than naturally mined diamonds.
They are also viewed as more ethical and environmentally friendly because they bypass the traditional mining process.
“Consumers are looking for sustainable alternatives, even when it comes to diamonds,” Ryan Bonifacino co-founder and president of Great Heights, said. “Lab-grown diamonds are environmentally conscious, ethical and cost-effective,” Azar said.
Do They Look the Same?
Azar said that visually, lab-grown diamonds look just like naturally mined diamonds.
“No one can identify the origin of a diamond just by looking at it,” she added.
Previously published in Good Morning America
💎 Where is Gemological Science International (GSI) located?
GSI is headquartered in New York, NY. It has 13 laboratories on four continents and in a number of countries: the United States, India, Dubai, Israel, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Botswana. This makes GSI one of the largest independent gemological organizations in the world.
💎 Is there a difference between grading reports issued by different GSI laboratories?
All GSI laboratories grade using the same methods and adhere to the same standards. Every laboratory is staffed with highly trained professionals who have years of grading experience and an extensive gemological background.
💎 What does it mean when a sales associate tells me my diamond is “GSI Certified” or is accompanied by a “GSI Certificate”?
The phrases “GSI Certificate” and “GSI Certified” are industry shorthand for GSI grading or identification reports. What this means to you is that expert gemologists and trained professionals meticulously evaluated the item. When your diamond, jewelry or gemstone is accompanied by a GSI grading report, you can be completely confident in the accuracy and objectivity of the evaluation.
💎 Where can I find “GSI Certified Diamonds”?
GSI diamond grading and identification reports can be found in jewelry stores worldwide and online. Insist on a GSI grading report when shopping for a diamond, jewelry or gemstone.
💎 What do I do if I lose my GSI Diamond Report?
💎 What are the 4Cs
A beautiful diamond is one of nature’s most mesmerizing creations. But how do you objectively judge the quality of the gem? The 4Cs – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight – are the universal standard for doing this.
💎 Is there anything beyond the 4Cs?
The 4Cs are an essential and important description of a diamond’s characteristics. But there is a considerable amount of detailed information behind each “C” along with other qualities of a diamond that affect its beauty, such as fluorescence, light performance and more.
How much do you need to know? That’s up to you, but knowing the 4Cs is almost essential.
💎 What does a GSI diamond grading report look like?
GSI offers a number of grading reports (often referred to as “GSI Certificates”). You can see samples of them by browsing the Grading Reports page on our website.
💎 What does a GSI colored diamond grading report look like?
You can see samples grading reports by browsing the Grading Reports page on our website.
💎 What does a GSI Colored stone report look like?
You can see samples of Colored stones reports by browsing Grading Reports page on our website.
💎 How does a GSI grading report compare to other laboratories that issue grading reports?
It is our policy not to comment on other laboratories. However, know that GSI adheres to the highest ethical standards. We do this in a number of ways:
- Rotating gemologists to our different labs
- Continuously upgrading our proprietary grading software to ensure full compliance with international grading standards
- Having our gemological research department constantly investigate new developments in the industry, which informs the grading process
💎 What’s the difference between a “GSI Certificate” and a “GSI Diamond Grading Report”?
GSI issues a variety of grading and identification reports. Consumers and industry professionals often call these reports “GSI Certificates”.