Lab-Grown Diamonds vs Mined Diamonds

Up until recently, many scientists were still struggling to create high-quality diamonds in a lab setting. Experts have been trying to recreate diamonds in a scientific environment for decades – mostly with limited success. Many companies found that the results of their efforts were small, and only appropriate for industrial purposes, like making cutting tools. However, now that the processes used to create man-made diamonds are more sophisticated, companies can finally simulate the extreme pressure required to create stunning engagement rings and jewelry. The question is, what makes lab-grown diamonds so much more superior to their mined counterparts?

Lab-Grown Diamonds are Better Quality

Deciding to choose lab-grown diamonds over mined stones isn’t just a good financial decision, it means you end up with better value too. Ultimately, grown diamonds have more clarity and beauty than diamonds that are simply blasted out of the earth using dynamite and other explosive sources. Diamonds grown by man have fewer defects, and a better carbon structure. This means you get a stronger, more pure diamond.

Lab Diamonds are More Ethical

Although a jeweler can tell you that a traditional diamond comes from an ethical source, it’s hard to know for certain the exact origin of every mined diamond. Ultimately, many diamonds were mined in the time before the Kimberley Process was implemented in 2003. When you choose a lab-grown diamond, you know for certain that no-one suffered to give you the incredible jewelry that you’re buying.

Lab Diamonds are Environmentally Friendly

Diamonds are responsible for some of the biggest holes ever dug into the earth. Mining for diamonds requires immense amounts of fossil fuels to assist with extracting complex pieces of gemstone. On the other hand, lab diamonds are entirely eco-friendly. They don’t use the same level of fossil fuels, and they don’t dig huge holes into the planet.

More Stone for Your Budget

Although lab-grown diamonds give you the exact same quality (if not better) in your stones, you can pay a lot less for them. Most lab-grown diamonds are available for at least 30% less than you would expect to pay for a traditional diamond. On the other hand, you could get a 30% larger stone for the same budget. This means that when you choose a grown diamond, you get a lot more bang for your buck, and you don’t have to compromise on the style of diamond that appeals to you.

They’re Still Authentic Diamonds

Finally, a lot of consumers assume that growing a diamond in the lab means that it isn’t an authentic gemstone. However, the truth is that labs use all the same carbon processes and materials to create your diamond as you would find in the earth. The only difference is that the eco-friendly processes used in a lab setting are much faster and more efficient when it comes to creating the diamond stones.

You won’t be able to tell the difference between a lab-grown diamond and one mined out of the earth, and you’ll pay a lot less for the privilege of getting the perfect stone too.

Consider This: Do You Really Need that Flagship Phone?

Samsung is set to release its highest-performance to date this August – the Galaxy Note 8. It will have an amazing 5.7″ Super AMOLED display, an amazing dual 13MP main camera, iris scanner, barometer, a series of other sensors and security features, and it might be powered by Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 836 System on a Chip. It will be an amazing handset with an amazing price tag – although it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, the handset might be sold for a price around $1,000. I’m sure many of you have read the previews and followed the news about this amazing new handset with a craving in your eyes, and many of you have probably started saving to be able to purchase this pocket-sized powerhouse among the first once it is released. But before you commit to paying a small fortune ($1,000 could buy you a used Mercedes, after all) stop and think about whether you need such a powerhouse in your life.

Are you the average smartphone user?

What does the average smartphone user like? Well, it’s hard to say – smartphones are used by all kinds of people, of all ages and of all genders. They have become part of everyday life for over 3 billion users – almost half of the world’s population has a pocket-sized computer connected to the internet. If you are an average smartphone user, you are most likely a millennial reading the morning news, playing puzzle and casual games, shopping, listening to music, keeping up with your friends on social media, and overall keeping yourself entertained on the go. And you probably have an Android-powered handset.

Now ask yourself as an average smartphone user: do you need to double the processing power in your pocket? Does anything you do on a daily basis require eight high-performance cores, more RAM than an average office PC, and a graphics chip that could handle the most power-intensive games on the market today with ease?

How much can you save with a mid-range smartphone?

Let’s stick to Samsung for our example, the smartphone manufacturer with several product ranges. Its mid-range models are marked “A” – and the top of that range is Samsung Galaxy A7 (the 2017 model, launched this January). The handset currently sells between $350 and $400 on Amazon – less than half the rumored price of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. And how does its hardware measure up?

It has an octa-core Exynos 7880 SoC running at 1.9 GHz, 3GB of RAM, an excellent 16-megapixel camera, a ton of storage expandable with a memory card, and every security measure of the more expensive one, except for the iris scanner. It can handle the average smartphone user’s everyday tasks perfectly well, and it won’t yield in front of even the most hardware-intensive games on the market today. And it will cost you far less than the flagship model you crave after so much.

So do you need the latest flagship in your pocket? The answer is most likely “no”. So why spend twice as much on it?