So, you’ve made the life-changing decision to pop the question to your significant other, and perhaps you’ve decided to go with a lab-grown diamond for your proposal ring – Well that’s two things to celebrate! But the next question probably will be: How do I choose a lab-grown diamond?
The way to choose a stunning lab-grown diamond is not unlike how you would choose any other diamond: check out key features like the 4Cs (cut, clarity, carat, colour), and look out for reputable certifications. Specifically, for lab diamonds, you’ll also want to consider how it was made – whether through the High-temperature, high-pressure (HPHT) or chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
After all, lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds, and they are not without unique variations. After all, lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds, and each are uniquely beautiful. No two diamonds can ever be the same, and factors like their cut and clarity contribute to their dazzling qualities. To aid you in picking out a stunning diamond to wow your significant other, let’s delve deeper into some of these factors.
HOW WAS THE DIAMOND MADE?
This is one thing you won’t have to contend with when you buy a mined diamond. However, how a lab-grown diamond is made has bearings on its quality.
The high-pressure, high temperature (HPHT) method is considered an older technology and is more commonly used to produce smaller or industrial grade diamonds. In contrast, chemical vapour deposition (CVD) is a relatively newer technology that can produce larger, purer gem-quality diamonds.
So, if you are looking for a decently sized and good quality diamond to win over your beloved, we generally recommend you look for CVD grown lab diamonds. At Love & Co., our lab-grown diamonds range, LVC Precieux, comprises only CVD diamonds sourced from reputable suppliers. These Type IIa diamonds are almost or entirely free of impurities like boron or nitrogen, giving them a virtually colourless and transparent quality. Less than 2% of the world’s natural diamonds are as pure as this!
DOES IT MAKE THE CUT?
Origins aside, the cut of a diamond makes a world of a difference when it comes to forming a quality diamond. All diamonds start off rough. Only after sawing, rounding, and polishing, can these rocks turn into shining gems. The quality of the cut can determine whether these diamonds make the, well, cut to become valuable gems!
But how do you tell if a diamond is cut well? You might be able to tell the difference from its shine. A round brilliant cut diamond typically has 57-58 facets, conceptualized as far back as 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky to bring out the most sparkle, brilliance, and radiance from the gem. You can find out a diamond’s cut based on its grading, but ultimately, you should also make it a point to view the diamond for yourself and decide if it’s right for you.
As for the diamonds at Love & Co., each of them are shaped painstakingly by master craftsmen with at least 10 years of experience. Coupled with stringent checks at multiple points in their production process, our 50 Promises of Quality ensure only the best diamonds go out to our valued clients like you. The result of this are brilliant cut gems that fulfil the Triple Excellent Cut grade – a title reserved only for diamonds that are excellent in terms of cut, polish, and symmetry.
ARE THE LAB DIAMONDS CERTIFIED?
If it’s your first time buying a piece of diamond jewellery, looking out for a diamond’s certification is one of the best ways to guarantee the real deal. Usually only the better diamonds are sent for certification at prestigious gemological labs, which gives a fair report of each gem’s properties.
But how are lab-grown diamonds graded, anyway? Lab-grown diamonds are graded in very much the same ways as any other diamonds: based on the 4Cs and other physical measurements. IGI, an internationally acclaimed diamond laboratory instituted in 1975, is considered one of the best certifying bodies for lab-grown diamonds due to the detailed reports they give on the gem’s colour and clarity grade.
First-time lab diamond buyers will benefit from the IGI’s precise reports, as you can easily make comparisons between diamonds to aid in your decision-making process. Now, you can select the ideal ring for your significant other with confidence!
As you can see, not all lab-grown diamonds were created equally. But choosing a lab-grown diamond for your engagement ring shouldn’t be a daunting task once you know what to look out for. In fact, whether you’re looking for affordable wedding rings, stunning proposal rings, or eco-friendly bridal jewellery, Love & Co. is bound to have something just right for you.
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