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The New Laboratory Manufactured Diamonds – Good or Bad?
As the interest in diamonds grows each year, the demand for them goes up. One way the diamond industry has attempted to meet that growing demand is by manufacturing diamonds in laboratories around the world. Man-made diamonds are quite common place in today’s diamond market. Some people wonder if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Let’s take a look.
Everyone knows that diamonds that are formed naturally in the deepest depths of the earth are by far, more desired than manufactured diamonds. These precious and unique stones aren’t always available, though. Simply put, there are just not enough of them being mined each year. The alternative choice, laboratory-manufactured diamonds, is intended to fill that demand.
What’s a laboratory-manufactured diamond?
Sometimes called synthetic diamonds, cultured diamonds or cultivated diamonds, these stones are created using an artificial process that mimics the process that natural diamonds are subjected to in their creation. This is done using a few different methods.
High Pressure and High Temperature (HPHT) is the original way synthetic diamonds were first created. As the name of the process indicates, high pressure and high temperature are combined in a controlled setting to create diamonds. Other methods used are Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), a process that creates a carbon plasma onto which carbon atoms cling to and ultimately form a diamond.
Other processes used are detonation of explosives inside a metal chamber which allows carbons to form into diamonds, and Ultrasound Cavitation, a process that synthesizes diamond microcrystals to form diamonds.
Are laboratory-grown diamonds as valuable as natural diamonds?
There is no one answer to this question. Synthetic diamonds have the same chemical makeup as natural diamonds, but they aren’t real diamonds in the sense that they’ve been manually manufactured. Still, some synthetic diamonds are quite expensive, and considered extremely valuable. It really depends on the diamond’s carat, color, clarity, and cut.
Also, synthetic diamonds are extremely hard to detect. Telling the difference between them and natural diamonds can be very hard to do. This is another reason a synthetic diamond can be so valuable.
So are laboratory-grown diamonds good or bad?
The answer to this question depends on you. If you’re adamant that your diamonds are formed naturally within the earth, then synthetic diamonds aren’t for you. If, however, you’re more concerned with your diamonds clarity, color, cut and carat and not so much about how it was formed into a diamond, then synthetic diamonds are a good choice for you.
Remember, synthetic diamonds are real diamonds. They have the same chemical makeup of diamonds that are mines from the earth. The only real difference is that laboratory-grown diamonds are more readily available.
Spring is in the air, and so is the newest collection of spring diamond jewelry. It’s time to put away your winter gear, and dig out those lovely pastel colors of springs. The 2013 diamond trends are a combination of colors, styles and designs that will compliment your wardrobe, and add a little spring to your step.
Stackable diamond rings aren’t anything new. They’ve been around for some time, and there was even a trending spike last year. Well, the forecast for this spring indicated these unique fashionable diamond rings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so be sure to purchase at least one for your diamond jewelry spring collection.
Platinum is another trend from last year that is easily transitioning over this spring. That black and white allure that comes from so many different combinations of platinum and diamonds are one of the hottest, and longest running trends, that fit any season; this spring is no different.
Another diamond piece that fits nicely into this year’s spring diamond collection is the diamond watch. There’s a huge selection out there, but the ones that are getting most of the attention are the large-faced watches encircled with diamonds. Watch for wider diamond watch bands as well. Big and bold is definitely in for spring 2013.
When you’re selecting your diamond spring collection, of course you’re going to want to include the traditional diamond earrings, and diamond necklaces. Big may be in for diamond watches, but diamond earrings and necklaces are taking a more modest approach this spring. These diamond jewelry pieces will still have flair, but not as much as you may think.
The colors of spring are a popular this season too. Soft pinks, iridescent blues, and yellows are all in for spring 2013. These spring colors will be seen more in necklaces and earrings, than diamond rings. Still, there’ll be lots of shades, and designs to choose from so you’ll certainly be able to find something that fit your fancy.
There’s always a big wave of new diamond engagement rings that hit to market each spring. This time of year represents rebirth, and growth. Many couple choose to commit to each other in the spring as a symbol of their desire to start a new chapter in their lives as a couple. The diamond engagement ring represents their commitment to grow together in the future. This spring you’ll see a mix of traditional, and contemporary, diamond engagement rings available in various settings and colors.
And of course, don’t forget to keep your eyes pegged on the red carpet of Hollywood as spring unfolds. Here’s where you’re going to see these hot trends, both old and new, emerge with a huge dose of “Bling” tossed in. Celebrities just can’t stay away from diamonds!
So when you’re putting together your diamond jewelry spring collection this season, you can use these tips to create a fashionable and trendy collection everyone will be talking about!
Should I Buy Or Invest In Non-enhanced Diamond?
Did you know that all diamonds have flaws? Only the rarest of diamonds are formed naturally without imperfections. That’s why these diamonds are so expensive. Most diamonds have some degree or of imperfections in them. And it’s no wonder when you consider how they were formed.
Diamonds are formed deep inside the depths of the earth under intense heat and tons and tons of pressure. This process would significantly damage or completely obliterate most things, but because a diamond is so hard it holds up under the pressure and heat. Still, the process does leave flaws in the stone.
In the diamond industry, these flaws are called inclusions or blemishes. These inclusions and blemishes impact the clarity of a diamond. A diamond’s clarity is extremely important to its ultimate worth.
What is Clarity?
Clarity refers to the number of imperfections a diamond has; the more imperfections, the poorer clarity it has, and the fewer imperfections, the better clarity it has. The diamond industry uses a grading scale (Or rating) to indicate the clarity of a diamond.
What are clarity enhanced diamonds?
Clarity enhanced diamonds are diamonds that have been manually altered in order to reduce, and even remove entirely, the flaws found within the stone. By doing so, the clarity rating is increases, and the appearance of the diamond is more pleasing to the eye.
How are diamonds clarity enhanced?
One way in which a diamond’s clarity can be enhanced is by a process called laser drilling. This process drills a hole down through the diamond to wear the imperfection is. Acid is then poured into the pathway, down to the imperfection, and removes it from the stone.
Another way diamonds are enhanced is through a process called fracture drilling. This process injects a glass-like substance into the diamond to hide the imperfection. This process is very hard to detect.
So, should you buy or invest in non-enhanced diamonds?
Well that’s entirely up to you. You may not think so, but clarity enhanced diamonds can be extremely expensive. You could even significantly increase the value of a diamond you currently own by having it clarity enhanced; here’s how.
Let’s say you have loose diamonds that are valued at $1,000.00, and they have imperfections. The value placed on the diamonds is based on the imperfections they have. If you were to have the imperfections removed the diamonds would have a much better clarity rating (Because the imperfections are now gone) which in turn will increase their value.
Clarity enhanced diamonds are just as valuable, and more often than not, more valuable than diamonds that have been left in their natural state of being. Investing in either is a wise choice, but because the value of a diamond is normally increases once it’s been clarity enhanced, you may want to invest more in these diamonds.
Diamond rings are one of the most popular choices in diamond jewelry. There are hundreds of settings and designs to choose from, and the size and color of diamonds are practically endless. Consumers can also choose to buy pre-made diamond rings or create their own.
Pre-made diamonds rings are stylish, elegant and there is a huge selection to choose from. The benefits of purchasing a pre-made diamond ring are that you can purchase the ring as soon as you find the one you want. There’s usually no waiting period, and availability is almost always a certainty.
Creating your own diamond ring also has some advantages; the most obvious one is that you can create the ring to look exactly the way you want it to. You can choose and design the setting, you can choose what type of metal you want it to be constructed of, and you can search around to find the perfect stone.
Of course, the best advantage to creating your own diamond ring is that it is a one of a kind master piece, and there is no comparing the joy the receiver will experience when you tell them that you created it yourself. There’s really only one drawback to creating your own diamond ring; the waiting period.
If you decide to create your diamonds ring, you’ll have to wait for the jeweler to make it. This could involve a few weeks or even a few months. If you’ve chosen a jeweler to make your diamond ring, or have narrowed the search down to a select few, ask how long it will take for your ring to be completed. That may help you decide which way you want to go.
The other difference between a pre-made ring and a custom-made one is the way the setting is created. Pre-made rings are casted; meaning the metal used to make it has been put in a cast to be molded. Some people believe this lessens the integrity of the setting making it more susceptible to damage. A custom-made diamond ring setting is considered a much sturdier and longer-lasting setting.
As you’ve probably come to see, there’s really no right or wrong answer to this question. Deciding whether you should purchase a pre-made diamond ring or create your own is really a personal choice. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of both and then decide for yourself.
Whether you’re looking for diamonds engagement rings, friendship rings, or some other type of specialty ring, you certainly have more than one option. Take a look at both options, see what’s out there, and then decide which option will best fit your needs. No matter which method you choose, as long as you’re happy with the final result, you’ve done well.
Whether you’re setting out to purchase an engagement ring or you want to purchase loose diamonds, don’t overlook enhanced diamonds as a viable option. Enhanced diamonds can be just as valuable, if not more in some instances, than loose diamonds that haven’t been enhanced in any way. Here’s a complete guide to enhanced diamonds.
What are enhanced diamonds?
There is a misconception out there that diamonds that are enhanced aren’t real diamonds. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Enhanced diamonds are real diamonds that come from the earth, like all other diamonds. They are not manufactured in a laboratory, and they can be just as valuable as diamonds that haven’t been enhanced in any way.
Loose diamonds can be enhanced in a number of ways. They can be laser drilled, fracture filled, or they can undergo a process called color irradiation and color annealing treatments. Within the diamond community, all of these processes are accepted forms of altering the diamond’s natural state of being.
Why enhance a diamond?
The purpose of enhancing a diamond is to bring its appearance closer to an imperfection-free state. While an imperfection-free diamond is an extremely rare find, many diamonds have a very small and limited number of imperfections. Because a diamond with fewer imperfections is more valuable than one with more imperfections, enhancing them to remove imperfections increases their value.
Fracture drilling is a process that injects a glass-like substance into a diamond in an attempt to hide natural imperfections that exist within it. The process enhances the clarity of a diamond, and is extremely hard to detect.
As the name of the process implies, laser drilling involves using a laser to create a thin pathway inside a diamond. Acid is then injected into the pathway where it travels along it to an imperfection within the diamond. The acid bleaches the imperfection out of the gem, therefore enhancing its clarity.
This process of enhancing loose diamonds is done by exposing them to high levels of ionizing radiation. The process changes the atomic structure of the gem, which in turn, alters the gem’s color. This process can also create a color that isn’t naturally found in diamonds or enhance a natural color rarely found in a natural diamond.
Also referred to as HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature Treatment), annealing involves manually replicating the natural environment diamonds are formed in, in nature; high pressure, and high temperature. The process also alters the color of a diamond.
There is some controversy surrounding the HPHT method of altering a gem’s natural color, but the GIA (Gemological Institution of America) grading reports clearly indicate when this treatment has been performed on a diamond, and the Federal Trade Commission requires that the process of HPHT be disclosed to consumers.
It’s up to you whether you purchase loose diamonds that have been enhanced. Just remember that in almost every instance, the value of the diamond is also enhanced.