Real, naturally-made diamonds are expensive because it takes a lot of time and resources to mine them, and then refine them for use in jewels. Synthetic Diamonds are a worthwhile and cost-efficient alternative, but unfortunately these diamonds, while just as beautiful as their nature-grown counterparts, have gotten a bit of a poor reputation. And considering that the majority of man-made diamonds — which are typically grown in lab under very precise and controlled settings — can be just as pretty as the “real” diamonds and are often so close in design that they are hardly distinguishable from them, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider going synthetic.
The first thing you need to understand about man-made diamonds is that they are in fact real diamonds, and not the imitation diamonds that cubic zirconia, moissanite, and glass serve as. These diamonds have the same chemical composition as real diamonds, and are grown in very similar setups so that they are in fact, just as authentic as naturally-grown and harvested diamonds. In fact, when they’re ready to be harvested from the labs that they are grown in, synthetic gems and stones are just as rough in appearance and feel as their naturally-mined counterparts, and require the same processes in order to prepare them for use in jewelry.
Synthetic gems are often so close in color, cut, and clarity, that you’ll have a hard time telling them apart from natural diamonds unless you have a good eye and the right equipment. Otherwise, if you place a synthetic gem next to a mine-harvested gem, you won’t be able to tell the difference between them. And better still, because there is a lot more control over the various factors that play a role in how a diamond grows, if you go the synthetic route, you’ll be able to choose from diamonds that are of a very specific cut, style, and color.
A lab-grown diamond is often significantly cheaper than a naturally created one, and this is due to how efficient the scientific process that creates these synthetic gems are. By choosing to purchase a synthetic gem in place of a naturally mined one, you’ll save as much as 30 percent on your purchase.