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Lab-Grown Diamonds Explained: Are They As Strong As Organic Ones?

These days if you’re shopping for sustainable fine jewelry, you might hear that lab-grown diamonds are inferior to naturally formed ones. However, this simply isn’t the case. At näas Jewelry, all of our sustainable jewelry pieces feature diamonds that are just as strong and beautiful as any natural stone.

 

Here we want to put the argument to rest, so here are some reasons why lab-grown diamonds make such a great investment!

 

Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Exactly the Same as Natural Ones

As mentioned above, you might have heard that lab-grown diamonds and gemstones are inferior in quality to traditionally mined diamonds, but this isn’t the case at all: the two are identical. Not only are lab-grown diamonds impossible to identify by the naked eye, but both organic and lab-grown diamonds also bear the very same chemical and optical properties; even trained geologists won’t be able to tell the difference. The only key differences are that lab-grown diamonds are cheaper and cause much less damage to the environment and native communities.

 

What Exactly is a Lab-Grown Diamond?

Although lab-grown diamonds and gemstones have existed for quite a time, they’re now becoming much more popular due to their sustainable properties and the fact that they cause much less environmental damage and help protect the native communities in which traditional gemstones are mined.

 

Unlike traditionally mined diamonds, which are pulled from deep inside the Earth, lab-grown diamonds are created in a lab using a seed, replicating the natural process by subjecting them to highly-pressurized carbon gasses and temperatures.

 

But in case you’re still not convinced, let’s compared the two methods: creating diamonds in a lab vs. extracting them from the Earth.

 

What’s the Major Difference Between Lab-Grown & Organic Diamonds?

Traditionally mined diamonds bear a crystalline structure and so do lab-grown diamonds. This structure is undetectable to the eye and requires a trained expert to identify whether a diamond has been grown in a lab or taken from the Earth. There are two primary methods of creating lab-grown diamonds, both using a diamond/carbon seed. The first is the High-Pressure, High-Temperature (HPHT) method. There is also the Chemical Vapor Deposition Method (CVD), which relies on highly-pressurized gasses that collect around the seed to form a larger diamond.

 

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds the Same as Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia?

Moissanite, which has grown popular in years as a diamond substitute, is actually from meteorites, making it entirely different from lab-grown diamonds. Moissanite isn’t even labeled as a substitute for a diamond, although it does bear some resemblance, this compound is doubly-refractive whereas traditionally mined or lab-grown diamonds are singly-refractive. The result of a doubly-refractive compound results in a sort of disco-ball effect when light hits it.

Like moissanite, cubic zirconia is also not the same as an original or lab-grown diamond for several reasons, the first being that the former is made from zirconium dioxide, a completely different mineral. Unlike lab-grown or organic diamonds, cubic zirconium will slowly turn yellow over time, something which high-quality lab-grown or organic diamonds don’t do. Both lab-grown and organic diamonds bear a much higher resale value than either moissanite or cubic zirconia.

 

Lab-Grown Diamonds vs. Organic Diamonds for Engagement Rings

When purchasing an engagement ring many wonder whether to choose an organic diamond or a lab-grown one for their ring. Well, we’re here to tell you that at the end of the day, lab-grown diamonds are equal in hardness, quality, durability, and appearance. Although many might choose to invest in an engagement ring with organic diamonds, for those looking for a more environmentally-friendly option and socially conscious engagement piece, one with lab-grown diamonds is the way to go.

Let’s take a look at how lab-grown diamonds and organic diamonds compare when it comes to engagement rings:

Cost Differences: As mentioned previously, lab-grown diamonds are much cheaper than organic diamonds, but identical. You can save up to hundreds or thousands of dollars on an engagement ring with a lab-grown diamond.

Appearance: It will be impossible to tell whether your engagement ring diamond has been grown in a lab or mined organically. However, every lab-grown diamond will come with a detailed report outlining the diamond’s grade on all counts, including carat weight, cut, color, and clarity to ensure you get what you pay for.

 

A Few More Things Before You Go...

  • Do Lab-Grown Diamonds Get Cloudy? Lab-grown diamonds do not grow cloudy over time due to their durability and crystalline structure. They can also be easily cleaned in soap and water should a film buildup upon them.
  • Do Lab-Grown Diamonds Test as Real Diamonds? As mentioned above, since they’re chemically and structurally identical to organic diamonds, they will test positive on a diamond tester since they’re grown with real carbon.
  • Are Lab-Grown Diamonds as Hard as Real Diamonds? Yes! According to the Mohs Hardness Scale used to measure the hardness of a substance, lab-grown diamonds are as hard as real diamonds and as strong and durable.
  • Why Choose Lab-Grown Diamonds? There are many different reasons, as illustrated above to invest in a lab-grown diamond engagement ring. Primarily, they’re conflict-free, durable, and side-by-side when compared with organic diamonds they’re exactly alike.

 

Contact us today to learn more about lab-grown diamonds and recycled gold!

To learn more about our sustainable fine jewelry collections made with recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. In addition to our rings, näas Jewelry also has fine collections of necklaces, bracelets, and more.

To buy or order your lab-grown diamond jewelry online, contact us online today or call 6199883993.

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Does Fine Jewelry Appreciate in Value?

When shopping for fine jewelry pieces, many are not only concerned about the initial price point when purchasing fine jewelry, but also how much the piece they purchase will appreciate in value. It’s no secret that most fine jewelry will appreciate in value; it’s just the nature of the business. But at näas Jewelry, we wanted to explain a bit more about what makes our sustainable fine jewelry appreciate in value, so we’ve collected some insight for you below.

Here you’ll find some of the major reasons that your sustainable fine jewelry will appreciate in value.

 

Inflation Helps Fine Jewelry Appreciate In Value

Although these days, especially in North America, the currency is relatively stable and inflation is barely noticeable, but it still exists. This means that over each year, your fine jewelry will become worth more due to inflation. Even if the rate of inflation seems infinitesimal, for a piece of fine jewelry that costs thousands of dollars, the rate of inflation will help bring that price up over decades and it will certainly become more noticeable as the years go by and currency fluctuates.

 

Gold is One of the World’s Most Valuable & Secure Metals

We’ve all likely heard that gold is a sound investment, and nowhere is this truer than with pieces of fine jewelry. It’s because it’s such a valuable natural resource and there’s a very limited amount of gold in the world, even today. The demand for gold doesn’t increase much, but over time, its value has steadily increased. Consider this, in the 70s, one ounce of gold was worth around $80; nowadays, that same ounce is worth more than $1,000. That’s an increase of approximately 170% in less than 50 years.

 

Fine Sustainable Jewelry is a Long-Term Investment

When investing in sustainable fine jewelry, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not like playing the stock market. The price of gold or diamonds is not going to skyrocket overnight; it’s a long-term investment strategy. However, with enough time your fine jewelry can appreciate drastically and those heirloom pieces can also make great gifts to your children or grandchildren, creating a sound investment that can be passed down for generations.

 

Contact us for more about sustainable fine jewelry

If you want to learn more about our sustainable practices and lab-grown diamonds, contact us online today or call 6199883993.

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Understanding Lab-Grown Diamonds

Understanding Lab-Grown Diamonds

If you’ve been shopping for rings or other pieces of fine jewelry lately, you’ve likely encountered some that are made with lab-grown diamonds or other lab-grown gemstones. It’s one of the ways that jewelers like näas Jewelry can manufacture sustainable fine jewelry that looks gorgeous but doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment or native communities.

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A Guide to Ethical & Sustainable Fine Jewelry

A Guide to Ethical & Sustainable Fine Jewelry

There’s a lot of buzz these days around ethically-sourced and sustainable fine jewelry. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of misconceptions around the topic, which is why näas Jewelry is here to clear a few things up. Below, you’ll find all you need to know about why investing in sustainable fine jewelry can benefit both the environment and the people in native communities where gemstones are traditionally mined.

Some of the Leading Concerns of Traditional Gem & Gold Mining

There are a lot of concerns surrounding the traditional gold and gem mining industry that have caused jewelers to seek alternative methods. These include:

  • Social & Economic Concerns
  • Environmental Issues
  • Complex Supply Chains
  • Overconsumption

What Exactly is Ethical & Sustainable Jewelry?

In the simplest of terms, ethical and sustainable jewelry is jewelry that has been sourced using methods that are sustainable both for the environment and the communities they serve. Transparency is also another major component; if you can’t determine without a shadow of a doubt where a particular gemstone or jewelry material was mined, it likely wasn’t done in an ethical fashion. Sustainable jewelry is focused on providing safe environments for workers and fair wages.

Innovations in Ethical & Sustainable Jewelry

These days, with all of the negativity and uncertainty that comes along with traditional gem mining, there have been new technologies that allow jewelers to create gemstones like lab-grown diamonds with minimal environmental impact, that still bear the same high quality as traditionally-mined gemstones. Additionally, nowadays, many sustainable fine jewelry companies are fashioning settings, like bracelets, earrings, and rings, with recycled gold, further reducing the socio-economic impact traditional gem and gold mining has around the world.

Before Your Go...

Before you go, we wanted to leave you with a few tips for identifying an ethical and sustainable fine jewelry company. Often, these companies will focus on quality over quantity, utilize sustainable materials, have a positive impact, and maintain certifications and clear supply chain transparency.

Contact us today for more about sustainable fine jewelry!

For more about our sustainable fine jewelry collections, contact us online or call 6199883993.

 

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A Guide to Buying Jewelry Online

A Guide to Buying Jewelry Online

When it comes to buying sustainable fine jewelry, the team from näas Jewelry understands that you might be hesitant to do so at first rather than buying from a brick-and-mortar store. But we’re here to put those reservations to rest. Here are a few tips to help you select the very best fine jewelry pieces online and ensure you’re buying from a reputable company.

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5 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Girlfriend

5 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Girlfriend

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or simply want to do something special for your partner, surprising them with a gift can be a great idea. But where to start? Well, the team of fine jewelry experts from näas Jewelry has some suggestions to make your girlfriend’s day, so read on!

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