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Sustainable & Lab Grown 101

Mangrove Diamonds is committed to providing engagement rings and diamond jewelry that features ethically sourced natural diamonds meticulously obtained through the Kimberley Process, ensuring their origins are conflict-free and devoid of any association with war crimes or unethical practices.

Each diamond, whether natural or lab-grown, represents our dedication to responsible sourcing and sustainable practices, allowing you to cherish not just their inherent brilliance but also the ethical journey behind their creation.‚ÄĚ

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What is a lab grown diamond?

Forget the myths - lab grown diamonds are the real deal! They may have a futuristic origin, but make no mistake, they are authentic diamonds through and through. Lab grown diamonds are scintillating sparklers created by advanced technology, not imitation cubic zirconias. They share the same dazzling brilliance and fire as their ancient underground counterparts. Lab grown diamonds are crystals of pure carbon, identical on a molecular level to natural diamonds. They rate the same on the hardness scale and have the same mesmerizing ability to disperse light into a rainbow of colors. Lab grown diamonds are diamonds - no quotation marks needed! While natural diamonds are formed over eons deep in the earth, lab grown diamonds emerge after weeks of ingenious human engineering. Their origins may differ, but the result is the same: a true, bona fide diamond that will stop traffic with its show-stopping beauty. Lab grown diamonds break the mold, combining an innovative human touch with timeless glamour. When you want a sustainable, ethical diamond with drop-dead gorgeous sparkle, lab grown is the way to go!

How Are Lab Grown Diamonds Made?

A lab grown diamond will undergo one of the below two processes during manufacturing process: High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).

What Are Lab Grown Diamonds Made Of?

Regardless of whether a lab grown diamond is created using the HPHT or CVD process, the outcome remains constant - a diamond made of pure carbon. The reason this is possible is that both lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds are made up of the same substance, which is pure carbon.

Ultimately, the process used to create a diamond does not affect its composition and, therefore, the end result is the same - a diamond that is chemically and physically identical to a natural diamond.

Lab Grown Diamonds - Grading And Evaluation

The 4Cs of diamond quality - color, clarity, cut, and carat weight - are widely recognized as the most commonly used criteria for assessing diamonds. However, it is important to note that there is no universally accepted standard for grading diamonds. Different certification labs may use slightly different grading systems, and some may even use additional criteria beyond the 4Cs.

One of the most well-known and respected certification labs in the diamond industry is the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA was established in 1931 and is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology. The GIA is known for its strict grading standards and its use of a comprehensive diamond grading system that takes into account many factors beyond the 4Cs.

Another popular certification lab is the International Gemological Institute (IGI), which was founded in 1975. The IGI is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices in many other countries around the world. The IGI is known for its focus on education and research, as well as its use of advanced technology in the grading and evaluation of diamonds.