Despite being around for a number of years now, Lab diamonds (also known as lab grown or man-made) are very much at the forefront of jewellery design in this socially conscious age. Far from being an alternative to ‘real diamonds’, a Lab grown diamond has the exact same composition and qualities to mined diamonds – they are simply ‘real diamonds’. By mimicking the conditions created by the earth’s core, machines can now create diamonds In a matter of weeks as opposed to billions of years.
Graded and certified exactly the same way as traditionally mined stones – through industry recognised bodies IGI, GCAL and GIA – lab grown diamonds are bought and sold by gemstone dealers around the world. Your Lab diamond jewellery will come with a diamond certificate and valuation the same as any other diamond jewellery. At Blair and Sheridan we source the finest selection of stones for you to choose from in the creation of your design and you can view full details of their characteristics and a 360° video of the gemstone during the selection process.
The process of growing lab diamonds takes time, however, the lack of land excavation and shorter chain of supply by default makes them more cost effective than mined diamonds as well as a more eco friendly option. A like for like size and quality lab grown diamond will be around 20-30% cheaper than a mined diamond. If you are looking into commissioning a bespoke piece and would like to explore lab grown diamonds contact us to find out more.