A lab created diamond often referred to as synthetic diamonds are actually like a real diamond with the only difference being that they are grown in a machine instead of in the earth. The machines that are used in the creation of the diamonds create the same environment to ensure that the diamonds created in a lab are optically, atomically, physically, and chemically exactly like a real diamond.
You may hear lab created diamonds called different names including synthetic diamonds, lab created diamonds, cultured diamonds, or manmade diamonds which all refer to the diamonds that are grown in laboratories.
A lab diamond is not a fake diamond or simulation as you will find with cubic zirconia, white sapphire, moissanite or lead crystal. These are gems that were created to mimic precious stones that you can purchase for less money as they are actually fake, whereas lab created diamonds will cost the same as real diamonds.
Lab Created Diamonds are actually grown in controlled lab environment that use high tech processes to mimic the conditions where diamonds develop in the crust of the earth. Once the diamonds have grown, they are cut and polished to look identical to the diamonds find in mines. When tested they have the same chemical formula as a real diamond. Colorless diamonds are the hardest to grow and at this time are only available up to one carat. However, lab grown diamonds in other colors that are rare in nature can be created in different carat sizes and more abundantly such as fancy yellow and blue. Since the colored diamonds are rare in nature, the price of a lab created diamond that can be created faster in a lab will be more than likely less expensive than a real one of the same color.
The one thing that you must remember when choosing your diamond is that you do not want a simulant which will not have the same properties as a real diamond, but you want a synthetic or lab created diamond that will actually be a real diamond only create in controlled laboratory.
All diamonds that are created in a lab begin with a small carbon seed of real diamonds, then using advanced technologies the replication begins to formula the diamond. When comparing a lab created diamond from a natural diamond there is no way to tell the difference. However, you should receive a gem certification that states the diamonds were grown in a lab. Once you choose your lab created diamond, you can choose the type of setting for any ring or necklace and have a beautiful diamond jewelry piece that will last for many years to come.