Is There a Difference Between Natural and Laboratory-Grown Diamonds?

Laboratory-grown CVD harsh jewel (left), laboratory-grown HPHT unpleasant precious stone (center) and normal unpleasant jewel (right)

Two examples of faceted crystalized carbon – both are perfectly clear and radiate a kaleidoscope of phantom hues in direct light. They have all the earmarks of being indistinguishable. One, notwithstanding, is a billion or more years old and the other was as of late grown in a laboratory.

Both are diamonds, obviously. The first is a characteristic precious stone made by powers profound inside the youthful Earth. The second is from a laboratory and has basically a similar synthetic, physical and optical properties as its normal partner.

Jewel – the material, not the diamond – is a mineral comprising of “basically unadulterated carbon crystalized in the isometric cubic framework,” as per the U.S. Government Trade Commission (FTC), which creates exchanging guides for the pearl and adornments industry.

In spite of the fact that the FTC says diamonds are basically unadulterated carbon, by far most of characteristic diamonds contain follow measures of different substances, especially nitrogen, which gives them a yellow shading or (once in a while) boron, which grants a blue shading. Likewise, they as a rule contain considerations, small bits of remote material that were caught in the as yet shaping jewel a huge number of years prior.

Laboratory-grown diamonds (likewise in some cases alluded to as man-made or manufactured diamonds) entered the pearl and adornments showcase in business amounts around five years prior. Albeit indistinguishable in appearance to regular diamonds, they have inconspicuous contrasts that must be identified via prepared gemologists and complex hardware intended for that reason.

A characteristic unpleasant precious stone and HPHT harsh jewel one next to the other.

An examination of unpleasant diamonds demonstrates a 0.83 ct regular precious stone gem on the left and a 1.02 ct HPHT gem on the right. The two precious stones are from the GIA Research Collection. Photograph: Orsasa Weldon/GIA


Regular Diamonds

Regular diamonds framed somewhere down in the earth under outrageous weight and high temperature up to three billion years back. Volcanic movement carried them to the surface where they lay in a kind of volcanic shake arrangement known as kimberlite funnels, holding on to be mined. Just around five percent of kimberlite channels contain enough jewel to make them financially doable to mine.

Open pit of the Arkhangelskaya kimberlite in Lomonosov, Russia. Photograph: Karen Smit/GIA

Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

Man-made diamonds appropriate for mechanical use were first delivered in a laboratory during the 1950s. While pearl quality diamonds were created in a laboratory without precedent for 1971, it was not until the mid-2010s that boring laboratory-grown diamonds entered the pearl and adornments showcase in business amounts.

Today, laboratory-grown diamonds are made by two techniques, as indicated by Dr. James Shigley, GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, who has been inquiring about laboratory-grown diamonds at GIA for over 30 years.

High weight, high temperature (HPHT) diamonds are delivered in a laboratory by imitating the high weight, high temperature conditions that structure common diamonds in the Earth. This procedure delivers an unmistakably formed laboratory-grown precious stone gem.

The substance vapor affidavit (CVD) strategy includes separating the particles of a carbon-rich gas, for example, methane, into carbon and hydrogen iotas, which at that point are stored on precious stone seeds to deliver a square-molded, unthinkable jewel gem.

Developing diamonds by either strategy commonly requires not exactly a month for generally measures. Most CVD-grown diamonds require extra medications like warmth or illumination to upgrade or change their hues after the development procedure.

Commonly, laboratory-grown diamonds have gauged a carat or less, yet as innovation and strategies improve, bigger stones have showed up in the market.

A line of HPHT engineered precious stone presses apparatus in an enormous processing plant.

HPHT (High-Pressure and High-Temperature) presses encased in an industrial facility which can create jewel quality diamonds inside an enormous scope of sizes. Photograph: Wuyi Wang/GIA


It is basic that laboratory-grown diamonds can be recognized in light of the fact that customers need to realize what they are purchasing, and on the grounds that there are frequently huge value contrasts among them and normal gemstones.

As a feature of its central goal to secure and educate the pearl purchasing open, GIA offers certificate programs, including the GIA Graduate Gemologist qualification, and workshops that encourage precious stone reviewing systems and the most recent strategies used to recognize normal from laboratory-grown diamonds and jewel simulants.

Since laboratory-grown diamonds are basically synthetically and optically equivalent to their regular partners, conventional gemological perceptions and old-style “precious stone locators” are not ready to disclose to them separated. Recognizable proof at an expert gemological laboratory or utilizing modern gadgets created by GIA and different associations are the main solid strategies to isolate them from common diamonds.

Precious stone Morphology – the Telltale Factor

“Regular diamonds that framed in the Earth more than a huge number of years develop uniquely in contrast to diamonds made in a laboratory in half a month. What’s more, HPHT-and CVD-made diamonds have distinctive development morphology, or how development conditions impacted the state of the jewel precious stone,” said Dr. Shigley.

GIA Senior Research Scientist Dr. Sally Eaton-Magaña further clarified, “The distinguishing proof criteria for HPHT and CVD diamonds are very particular from one another,” including that laboratory-grown diamonds have turned out to be substantially more differed in the course of the last 10 to 15 years, requiring GIA analysts to keep pace with new advancements.

“We additionally routinely lead inquire about on developing items and GIA has a program to develop diamonds in the laboratory to remain in front of any new patterns,” Dr. Eaton-Magaña said.

A graph posting the development procedure, normal development morphology, and visual instances of common, HPHT and CVD harsh diamonds.

This graph demonstrates the diverse precious stone harsh dependent on how they developed, or their development morphology. Despite the fact that this shape is lost after a precious stone is cut and cleaned, distinguishing proof is as yet conceivable by searching for fluorescence designs that outcome from its specific development morphology in addition to other things.


GIA tests each precious stone submitted to its gemstone evaluating and distinguishing proof laboratory areas around the globe to decide if they are common or laboratory-grown.

Laboratory-Grown Diamond Grading Report

In July, GIA will incorporate the full GIA shading and lucidity scales on its laboratory-grown precious stone reports.

GIA has issued reports for laboratory-grown diamonds for over 10 years. In March 2019, after the rules from the FTC, the Institute declared it will change the name of the reports to GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Reports beginning in July 2019. To diminish the potential for disarray, GIA evaluating reports for laboratory-grown diamonds appear to be fundamentally unique from those for regular diamonds. What’s more, the terms used to report shading and lucidity grades for laboratory-grown diamonds are unique in relation to those utilized for normal diamonds. Rather than D-to-Z shading levels, more extensive class terms (Colorless, Near-Colorless, Faint, Very Light and Light) are utilized. Lucidity levels, which are truncated on common precious stone reports (VVS1, SI2, and so forth.), utilize more extensive clear class terms (i.e., Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included) on the reports for laboratory-grown diamonds.


GIA iD100

The GIA iD100 enables retailers to quickly and precisely screen free and mounted diamonds as little as .005 ct.

To distinguish laboratory-grown diamonds, GIA built up the GIA iD100® screening gadget. This work area estimated instrument consolidates progressed spectroscopic innovation with GIA’s 60 years of precious stone and gemstone recognizable proof research to recognize common diamonds from laboratory-grown (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and jewel simulants.

GIA likewise offers the GIA Melee Analysis Service, which rapidly and precisely screens bundles of exceptionally little diamonds – the most predominant in the market.