There are two kinds of diamonds - natural diamonds found in the wild and cultivated diamonds created in a lab. There is no physical difference between them. Both are the same exact mineral with identical optical properties. Only strenuous gemological testing can tell them apart. We sell both types of diamonds.
Depending on your personal preferences, we will help you to choose between the low price and availability of lab-grown diamonds and the rarity and historical significance of mined diamonds.
The number of lab-grown diamonds that can be produced is unlimited, whereas natural diamonds are rumored to be scarce.
Leon Mege is your one-stop shop for all IGI or GIA-certified lab-grown diamonds, colorless or fancy-colored. We always match or beat competitors' prices for any diamond - natural, or lab-grown. Lab-grown diamonds are getting more affordable with every passing day. Choosing a lab-grown diamond will afford you a much larger stone for the same budget.
Just when you thought your dream diamond was out of reach, the lab-grown diamond emerged, courtesy of the same relentless technological progress that brought us the Gorilla Glass Victus, Rimac C_Two car, polymer-framed Sig-Sauer handgun, and Peeps eyeglass cleaners.
Can your friends and neighbors tell the difference? No, they cannot, even with the help of a microscope. Lab-grown diamonds are authentic. They are NOT "imaginary" diamonds like simulants such as moissanite or CZ's. Unlike lab-grown rubies and sapphires, synthetic diamonds don't have tell-tail inclusions that easily identify them as created by humans.
Lab-grown diamonds are indistinguishable from natural diamonds without using technologically advanced and costly equipment used by gem labs.
Visually and physically, lab-grown diamonds are identical to diamonds extracted from the ground. The crystal growth is induced by immense heat and pressure, similar to natural conditions and processes inside the earth. Layer by layer, carbon molecules are deposited on a diamond seed, and, in theory, it can grow to any size.
For practical purposes, their growth is limited because a huge diamond is useless. In the future, when there will be diamond doorknobs, diamond desk lamps, and even diamond windows, the ginormous lab-grown diamonds might become useful again.
There are plenty of natural diamonds to satisfy human vanity until our civilization self-destructs. The only difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds boils down to their cost.
Natural diamonds are naturally pricier and yet, for that same reason, they offer greater satisfaction than their human-made clones. It is all about how natural diamonds make you feel. Their high price is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you pay very little for a lab-grown diamond, studies suggest, your experience is less enjoyable.
When you pay more for a natural diamond, you feel that you got something more valuable. If your priority is a feeling of romance and tranquility, we recommend getting a natural diamond. But if you are a rational person without silly superstitions, go ahead, get the human-made diamond and save money to buy a mountain bike.
The growers label their businesses as "sustainable" or "eco-friendly" and accuse miners of polluting the environment. They despise the term "synthetic."
They insist on the term "lab-grown," which invokes peaceful green pastures where diamonds are roaming free, fattening up on organically grown graphite. What causes more harm to nature, mining, or synthesizing, is a subject for debate.
The immense heat and diabolical pressure needed to produce a one-carat diamond are compared to the energy of a volcanic eruption.
Depending on the production method, the energy required to synthesize a diamond can go as high as 1,000 kWh per carat. That does not chime well with false claims about zero carbon footprint. In addition, most factories are located in countries with little regard for the environment.
Marketing lab-grown diamonds as ecologically clean is deceptive and misleading. However, it does not diminish their value to the consumer
Despite what the diamond industry says, the world is not running out of natural diamonds. The price of natural diamonds is kept artificially high by DeBeers. This monopoly has succeeded in controlling the diamond market for over two centuries.
DeBeers and Alrosa, the Russian diamond mining monopoly, keep the supply of raw material scarce and prices artificially high. DeBeers learned that diamonds are forever the hard way because every diamond ever found is still with us.
More and more diamonds are unearthed every day, and they do not age. An old diamond is indistinguishable from a newly found one. The price decline over the last decade is a warning sign of DeBeers losing its grip on the market.
Average mine removes 250 tons of earth, wastes 120 gallons of water, and emits 143 pounds of carbon dioxide to produce just one carat of diamonds.
In 1954 Howard Tracy Hall synthesized the first artificial diamond at the GE lab in Schenectady, NY. For that invention, he was rewarded with a $10 US savings bond. GE went on to make a fortune.
Initially, synthetic diamonds were used only as industrial abrasives. It took about 50 years to produce gem-quality material suitable for use in jewelry. Synthetic diamonds have been produced in various colors: yellow, blue, green, pink, red, purple, and more recently, colorless.
Researchers at the University of Nueva Leon near Monterrey in Mexico found that Tequila, the country's national drink, produced a diamond film when heated under pressure.
For the experiment, the researchers used 80% proof 'Tequila Blanco', which requires a short aging process. The drink formed into crystals, which tests later confirmed had a diamond structure.
On the other hand, a breakthrough cancer drug created in Mexico from Corona beer turned out to be a hoax.