They're real and they're spectacular: Everything you've ever wanted to know about lab grown diamonds

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They're real and they're spectacular: Everything you've ever wanted to know about lab grown diamonds
All photos from Joseph Jewelry

Here's the thing about diamonds… they're gorgeous, they're romantic, and no stone can take a beating like 'em. Which makes them the perfect everyday stone. But they're also full of conflict — generally not great for the environment, or for the workers mining them. Except for lab grown diamonds. All the sparkly and sexiness of Earth-made diamonds without all the destruction and pain. (Ain't science great!?)

If you've been wanting all the benefits of a diamond without all the guilt, our sponsor Joseph Jewelry can help you with that. Joseph Jewelry is the Seattle-based jewelry company that helped me create my custom engagement ring AND entertained Ariel and myself with their sparklies for hours the other weekend…

Ariel's 19k knuckle sandwich at Joseph Jewelry.

And now they're back to teach you everything you wanna know about lab grown diamonds. Like…

They're real and they're spectacular: Everything you've ever wanted to know about lab grown diamonds
Your lab grown diamond engagement ring could look like this one from Joseph Jewelry

What is a lab grown diamond?

Lab grown gemstones are created when people replicate the conditions under which these gems from. But with no bulldozers needed — just science, and a lab, and probably one of those cool white lab coats.

They're real and they're spectacular: Everything you've ever wanted to know about lab grown diamonds
Big or small, lab grown stones are impressive AF

How are they made?

Here's the coolest stuff (I'll let Joseph Jewelry explain it):

Diamonds are formed when carbon is put under great pressure. Attempts to make diamonds in a lab began in the 1800’s with cheap carbon and intense heat and pressure to imitate the role that the Earth plays in the process.

Today, the processes have been refined to create virtually identical specimens using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), high temperature high pressure (HTHP) and other technologies. The diamond starts from a carbon “seed”, and grows through natural crystallization from there.

Then they are cut and polished into beautiful gems in the same facility.

They're real and they're spectacular: Everything you've ever wanted to know about lab grown diamonds
All of these could be lab grown, or maybe just some — YOU'LL NEVER KNOW!

But are lab grown diamonds "real" diamonds?

Yes! They are optically, chemically, and physically identical to natural diamonds. They are even all unique and unpredictable when they are being grown! How amazing is that? So much so that they're held to the same grading standards as mined diamonds. Basically, they're real and they're spectacular.

And, no worries, the full value of your lab grown rock will be included in your complimentary appraisal from Joseph Jewelry.)

They're real and they're spectacular: Everything you've ever wanted to know about lab grown diamonds
Yes, you can even have a lab grown yellow diamond!

Here are the benefits of a lab grown diamond…

Obviously we all love the sustainability and the eco-friendliness, and the whole "staying clear of conflict" thing. But they're cheaper (woot!) and you can basically design your dream diamond. Is it colorful? Is it in a cool shape? Is it big? Is it tiny? Is it built to fit in a particular setting? Do you want two to be grown together so you and your partner can match?

Of course, for the biggest, bestest, most eco-friendliness, guilt-free-iness you can have Joseph Jewelry build you a custom ring with lab created diamonds and recycled metals!

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