For many years, diamonds were mined from under the earth’s crust and underwent a long procedure of cutting finishing and polishing to become a part of the jewellery item sold in the markets. Since, it required a lot of effort to get it from its origin to a diamond jewellery, the cost of the jewellery increased by multiple folds. Not the just cost of jewellery, the variables associated with the mining of natural diamonds are mostly unfavourable. Firstly, it requires extensive digging of the earth’s crust which causes a negative impact on the environment. Secondly, the conditions under which the people work to retrieve those diamonds are inhumane with most of them exploited during the process. All of these factors have questioned the diamond mining procedure and the millennial population, who are much more environmentally aware, is thinking twice before investing in any jewellery item made of natural diamonds.
A few years earlier the lab grown diamonds were discovered. Lab grown diamonds are an alternative to natural diamonds which are created in the laboratory. They look and feel exactly like the natural diamonds. If you were to put a natural diamond and a lab grown diamond of the same size and specifications side by side, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two. Only a highly experience and trained gemmologist would be able to tell them apart. Natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds are similar to each other in appearance and differ only in the way they are made. A natural diamond that is found in a natural diamond tennis bracelet is formed under the Earth’s crust over billions of years under conditions of high temperature and pressure. On the other hand, a lab grown diamond is created in a laboratory under artificially created conditions of high temperature and pressure in a matter of weeks.
Since the process of creating a lab grown diamond is more ethical and simpler than the mining of a natural diamond, the cost of lab grown diamond jewellery is 40-60% lesser than the cost of a natural diamond jewellery. A lab grown diamond has the exact same properties as that of a naturally mined diamond but touches fewer hands and takes lesser time to create and that is why it is more cost effective than a natural diamond. Jewellery made of lab grown diamonds are more affordable and the millennial population with their sustainable and ethical choices are completely in love with it. Several celebrities such as Meghan Markle and Emma Watson believe in sustainable fashion and have advocated the use of lab grown diamond jewellery. When it comes to a diamond tennis bracelets, the ones made of lab grown diamonds UK are as good as the ones made of natural diamonds but are more budget friendly. The cost effectiveness of lab grown diamonds have made it possible for a larger part of the population to buy diamonds causing the popularity of naturally mined diamonds to experience a dip in the recent years.