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Natural and Lab Grown Diamonds

When it comes to diamonds, there are two types to consider: natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds. While both types share the same chemical composition and physical properties, there are some key differences that set them apart. In this article, we will explore these differences and help you make an informed decision when choosing a diamond for your jewelry.

A handmade platinum and diamond ring made in our own workrooms.

Natural Diamonds:

Natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth's mantle over billions of years. They are created under intense heat and pressure, resulting in their unique and rare beauty. Natural diamonds are mined from the Earth's surface or extracted from deep underground mines.

Lab Grown Diamonds:

Lab grown diamonds, also known as synthetic or cultured diamonds, are created in a factory setting using high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. These processes mimic the natural conditions under which diamonds are formed, resulting in diamonds that are chemically and physically identical to natural diamonds.

Color and Clarity:

Both natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds can be found in a range of qualities and clarities. The quality and clarity of a diamond are determined by the color of the diamond, as well as the presence of inclusions and blemishes.


A chart showing the different clarity grades a diamond can receive based on the amount or types of inclusions it has.


Both natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds are extremely durable and have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale, making them the hardest natural substance on Earth. This is one reason why diamonds have been the go-to choice for engagement rings, in addition to their brilliance and sparkle.

The Mohs Scale of hardness, indicating the relative hardness of different gemstones.


One of the main differences between natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds is the price. Natural diamonds of gem quality are exceedingly rare, particularly in the 1 carat and up sizes. The limited supply of fine quality diamonds leads to a higher comparable price. Lab grown diamonds are generally priced lower than natural diamonds, with prices generally ranging from 20-30% less. This is due to the recent increased production and availability of lab grown diamonds.


When choosing between natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. We are happy to show options for both natural and lab grown to help you choose the perfect diamond for your jewelry piece.