Synthetic diamonds or the real thing? The debate has only just begun

Synthetic diamonds have become fashionable lately. As lovers of synthetic diamonds jewelry we wanted to do some research on the subject and draw comparisons between real diamonds and synthetic diamonds.

We have the idea that synthetic diamonds have become a real threat to natural diamonds, but how can you really compete with something that is a natural miracle? For us brilli brilli lovers, it is very important to reflect on the emotional value of the gems in our jewelry, and this is a topic that will be talked about for years to come.

  1. How do you know if it is a natural or synthetic diamond? It is not easy to tell the difference with the human eye, not even with traditional methods such as magnifying glasses and microscopes. Lab-grown diamonds have essentially the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as their natural counterparts. To mimic the natural conditions necessary for carbon to become diamond, special machines are needed that are capable of producing synthetic diamonds identical to natural diamonds. It is not easy to tell the difference with the human eye, even with traditional methods such as magnifying glasses and microscopes. Laboratory-grown diamonds have essentially the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as their natural counterparts.
  2. Natural diamonds were created billions of years ago, deep in the Earth's core, and have significant value. Artificial diamonds are created in a radically different way. They are grown from seed in state-of-the-art laboratories in a matter of weeks.
  3. Artificial diamonds are not necessarily cheaper than the real thing. Scientific advances have contributed to this shift in the market, as they are producing brilliant and realistic alternatives to natural diamonds. But I believe this will change. Over time, I believe genuine diamonds will rise in value, as emerging economies and rising living standards will continue to fuel demand and open up new markets, especially in Africa.
  4. Another surprising factor about lab-grown diamonds is that they are not as environmentally friendly as one might first think. Unless the lab uses renewable energy sources, producing these crystals requires an enormous amount of electricity.
  5. Of course, the environmental impact of diamond mining and its history of unethical mining practices cannot be overlooked. Natural diamonds are mined from millions of tons of rock excavated from large open pits, mainly in Botswana, Canada and Russia. Known as rough diamonds, these gems are polished and cut in Antwerp or India before reaching jewelry stores, workshops and stores.
  6. Unlike blood diamonds from African civil wars, synthetic diamonds are not conflict diamonds. This is an important difference and something that today's jewelry lover should keep in mind when buying.

It is important that for this evolution to work the end customer knows what they are buying and is aligned with their ethics.

Diamonds created by mother earth will surely not disappear, their extraction will be less and less, that is obvious, but instead they will increase in value by reducing the supply.

More and more brands will start using synthetic diamonds in their jewelry and thus align themselves with the new generations, more aware against this type of practices.

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Pie sobque los diamantes naturales sin bellísimos y acuñan años de formación intensiva con la madre tierra. Pero prefiero los sintéticos que no tienen historia muertes y sangre en su haber. Al fin y al cabo son tan caros y prohibitivos como los otros.

Miranda October 22, 2021

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