Sustainably created without displacing land, wildlife or communities.
The Formation Process
So, then how are cultured diamonds made?
By replicating a mined diamond’s formation - scientists have managed to grow rough diamond crystals in a chamber using extremely high temperatures and pressures with the essential element - carbon.
Once it’s grown, it is analysed, cut and then polished into a diamond with its own unique clarity characteristics.
Let's start with the basics
What is a Diamond?
Put simply, a diamond is made out of carbon atoms formed in a cubic crystal structure. Both cultured diamonds and mined diamonds exhibit the same cubic formation, making them physically, chemically and aesthetically identical.
Why Go Cultured?
Not only are they a sustainable and refined choice, but cultured diamonds don't pollute ground water, displace communities or wildlife and are guaranteed conflict-free.
By working with companies that are consciously reducing their carbon footprint, we are paving the way for our future generations to think differently, live boldly, and redefine luxury.
Got more questions? Visit our FAQs.
A cultured diamond is a diamond that is created through a controlled man made process, rather than a gemmological process beneath the earth’s surface. Cultured diamonds have the same physical, chemical and aesthetic structures as mined diamonds.
It is extremely hard to differentiate between a cultured and mined diamond by using everyday jewellery tools (i.e. a loupe or a diamond tester).
However, gemmological labs (e.g. GIA, IGI, or HRD) can use very advanced and expensive machinery to spot slight differences in growth structures due to the respective environments of each diamond's formation process. This is like comparing DnA of two different individuals – each will have unique characteristics but still be made up the same chemical elements.
A lab grown diamond is the most widely used term to describe diamonds that are grown with science and human intervention.
Other names include man made diamonds, lab created diamonds, above ground diamonds, cultivated and cultured diamonds.
Cubic zirconia is a simulate – it is made to look like a diamond but it’s chemical, optical and physical properties are not the same as a diamond. It is less durable and has less brilliance than a natural and cultured diamond.
Moissanite is also a simulate or imitation, and is rarely found in nature so most moissanite is man made - it is the second hardest material after diamonds. Moissanite also refracts light differently, so its sparkle can look quite colourful – almost like a rainbow effect. In terms of price, moissanite is significantly cheaper than cultured and natural diamonds.