When it comes to a piece of jewelry, you have two options for diamonds: lab-grown and mined. While they are both remarkably similar, they are grown differently and hold different values. So, how do you know which type of diamond is right for you? Read on to learn more about the differences between lab-grown and mined diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds, also known as cultured or engineered diamonds, are manufactured and do not have to be mined. Instead, they are grown in laboratories that duplicate the process of how natural diamonds form under the Earth’s crust. This process makes lab-grown diamonds a much more affordable option for jewelry. Yet, they still match the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. They also hold similar quality and size and are available in almost any color.
Many people choose mined diamonds over lab-grown diamonds because they like the natural element they hold. Mined diamonds take millions of years to form under the Earth’s surface and take a long labor process to harvest. The natural process of a mined diamond makes them more unique and valuable than a lab-grown diamond.
At Tobin Jewelers, we carry both mined and lab-grown diamonds so that our clients can choose which works best for their budget, wants, and needs when selecting a jewelry piece. We would love to sit down and talk to you about diamond options and which is best for you. Visit a showroom in Mequon or New Berlin today to learn more about our jewelry selection.