More For Less: Advantages of Lab-grown Engagement Rings
Otherwise known as synthetic diamonds, man-made diamonds or cultured diamonds – lab-grown diamonds are transforming the way that couples now think about when they envision a shiny, sparkling ring.
While they are often wrongly misconstrued as “synthetic” diamonds, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Contrary to popular belief, natural diamonds and lab-grown diamonds are every way the same; right down to the physical, chemical and optical properties.
To help you better understand why lab-grown diamonds doesn’t mean settling for less – let’s dive straight into the advantages of purchasing lab-grown diamond engagement rings!
Superior quality for ¼ the price
Lab-grown diamonds are chemically identical (100% carbon) to natural diamonds; except that they are manufactured in laboratories under conditions that mimic the natural diamond-forming process. There are two different methods used for lab-created diamonds: High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).
Due to the high level of control that can be done with lab-grown diamonds, there tend to be fewer defects and fewer dirt and impurities ingrained in their crystal structure.
Interestingly, lab-grown diamonds are also judged by similarly strict standards as natural diamonds and are evaluated with the 4Cs. For instance, all Star Carat lab-grown diamonds have been rated the highly coveted Type llA purity rating and IGI-certified.
Lab-grown diamonds are no less pure, bright and sparkly than natural diamonds. And that means that couples can now get their hands on affordable diamond engagement rings in Singapore without compromising on the beauty and quality of their jewellery.
Sustainable with guaranteed origins
The Kimberley Process was first established in 2003 as a way to remove the production and sale of “conflict diamonds” – diamonds that are mined in harsh working conditions and were extremely damaging to Mother Earth.
However, it can still be hard to keep track of the activity and origins of natural diamonds. On the other hand, lab-grown diamonds have a clean history and a guaranteed, trackable source.
The biggest beauty of lab-grown diamonds is that you can be assured that they do not harm the environment. Research has shown that natural diamonds require two times the energy per carat to create as compared to those in a lab. Since they are grown in the lab, you can rest assured that you aren’t contributing to the cutting down of trees and disrupting Mother Earth in exchange for a brilliant stone.
Larger diamonds, minus the cost
Lab-grown diamonds can cost up to 20-40% less than natural diamonds of the same quality. While getting a bigger carat used to mean adding thousands of dollars to your budget, this is no longer the case with lab-grown diamonds.
A guilt-free purchase that is a great option for every type of couples, lab-grown diamonds also do not fade, discolour or cloud over time – making this the ideal choice for symbolising everlasting, durable love.
Ring in the next chapter with Star Carat
Both lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds are used to mark a momentous milestone in a couple’s story – but lab-grown diamonds have the edge of being more sustainable, affordable and nothing less real than their natural counterparts.
Anyone can now get their hands on the best affordable diamond engagement rings in Singapore. Measure your ring size by using our ring size chart and start shopping online, or get additional guidance by booking an appointment with our diamond experts today!