Natural Diamonds v LAb Diamonds

At Waldemar Jewellers, we hold the belief that both natural and lab-grown diamonds possess their own distinct virtues. Ultimately, deciding to opt for natural or lab-created diamonds rests with individual consumers. Some are captivated by the enigma, scarcity, and emotional significance of natural diamonds, honouring their centuries-old heritage. Others embrace the innovation, eco-friendliness, and affordability of lab-grown diamonds. Recognising them as emblems of advancement and conscientious decision-making. Here are several factors to ponder when making your personal choice:

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Formation Process

Natural Diamonds: Fashioned deep within the Earth through millions of years of intense heat and pressure, natural diamonds result from unique geological processes. They are extracted from the Earth’s surface and are esteemed for their scarcity and innate origins.

Lab-Created Diamonds: Lab-grown diamonds are synthesised within controlled laboratory environments using techniques like high pressure, high temperature (HPHT), and chemical vapour deposition (CVD). These methods replicate the natural diamond formation process but on an accelerated timeline. Lab-grown diamonds possess identical physical, chemical, and optical properties to natural diamonds. Distinguishing between the two types with the naked eye is nearly impossible without specialised tools.

Ethical Considerations

The terms “ethical” and “sustainable” can serve as powerful marketing tools for various products, but it’s crucial to assess the broader context. Mined diamonds have long been associated with concerns about environmental impact, labour practices, and the potential for conflict diamonds. Despite efforts to implement responsible mining practices through initiatives like the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which aims to curb the trade of conflict diamonds, conscientious consumers remain concerned about these challenges. On the other hand, lab-created diamonds are often promoted as ethical and sustainable alternatives, yet they also leave an environmental footprint. Their production necessitates significant energy consumption in laboratories, and they are cut in factories in countries with varying labour regulations.


Emotional Connection

Natural Diamonds: For many, the allure of a natural diamond resides in its timeless charm, deep-rooted tradition, and the romantic notion of its formation deep within the Earth. The sentimental value linked with natural diamonds often emanates from their rarity and innate origins.

Lab-Created Diamonds: Though lacking the same historical legacy, lab-grown diamonds can still carry emotional significance. Some individuals value their contemporary nature and eco-friendliness, perceiving them as symbols of progress and mindful choices.

Physical & Chemical Attributes

Both natural and lab-created diamonds share remarkably similar physical and chemical attributes. They showcase identical crystal structures, hardness (ranking 10 on the Mohs scale), refractive index, and dispersion. Differentiating between the two without specialised equipment is challenging.

Cost & Value

Natural Diamonds: Factors such as carat weight, cut, colour, and clarity (often referred to as the 4 C’s) exert substantial influence on the price of natural diamonds. The rarity of certain colour grades or sizes can drive up their cost, rendering natural diamonds more expensive.

Lab-Created Diamonds: Generally, lab-created diamonds are more budget-friendly than their natural counterparts. The controlled production process allows for a greater supply, which in turn reduces their cost. Additionally, consumers can frequently obtain larger or higher-grade lab-grown diamonds for the same price as smaller or lower-grade natural diamonds.

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Our Award Winning Products

As mentioned previously, it is our products that ultimately speak for our devotion towards creating unique and beautiful pieces of jewellery you will cherish for a lifetime. Please see below some of our exclusive jewellery ranges that helped us get voted as Best Jewellery Sydney and have made our brand one of Sydney’s favourite, in the CBD and beyond.

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