Today, natural diamonds are a popular choice for engagement rings, but there is still much confusion surrounding their synthetic counterpart. Lab-grown diamonds, also commonly known as either man-made or synthetic diamonds, have recently been increasing in popularity. As their name suggests, these gems are grown in a laboratory instead of the earth. They do, however, possess the same physical, optical, and chemical properties as natural diamonds (unlike simulants such as CZs, which simply resemble diamonds). Their slight differences can only be detected with advanced equipment. When buying a diamond, many people opt for a lab-grown stone as it is more budget friendly than one from the earth; a synthetic can cost a fraction of the price of mined diamonds. Moreover, while Peter Norman always uses conflict-free diamonds, lab-grown gems are considered an ethical choice as they do not come from conflict zones.
Conversely, many buyers prefer natural diamonds because of their rarity, history, and tradition. To some, lab-grown diamonds don’t possess the allure of natural ones, which formed millions to billions of years ago under pressure in the earth through a geological, not industrial, process. Additionally, the long-term value of synthetics has yet to be determined. When purchasing a diamond, your preferences and values should ultimately dictate how you choose your stone. At Peter Norman, we are happy to help you select the diamond that best fits your needs. We have a highly skilled team of diamond experts and gemologists who can help you make an educated decision and feel confident about your purchase.