A diamond forms when carbon atoms are exposed to immense heat and pressure. With mined diamonds, this happens within the Earth's mantle over the course of 1 to 3.3 billion years. Thanks to our lab grown diamond partner ALTR, we're able to create a diamond in as little as 3 weeks with significantly less carbon emissions and the same high standards of quality.
Lab Grown Diamonds:
A Complete Guide
Sustainably Crafted. Fully Traceable. Eternally Brilliant.
Not a replica of a diamond, the real thing. Lab grown diamonds are chemically and physically identical to diamonds from the earth, sharing the same sparkle, too. Ours are 100% traceable ensuring a transparent supply chain where the planet and craftsmen are cared for. This is how we're using technology to redefine diamonds.
YEARS IN THE MAKING
After an intensive four-year search, we found a lab grown diamond partner that uses 100% renewable energy from their own solar power plant, creating diamonds that produce 95% less carbon emissions than mined diamonds.
THE MAKING OF A LAB GROWN DIAMOND
THE FOUR Cs
Just like with mined diamonds, our lab grown diamonds are graded for cut, clarity, colour and carat.
Arguably the most important of the Cs - a diamond's cut determines its beauty and fire. The better the cut, the more a diamond will reflect and refract light. At Monica Vinader, all of our lab grown diamonds are masterfully cut for maximum brilliance and sparkle.
The closer to being colourless a diamond is, the better. In the industry, diamonds are assigned a letter starting from 'D', (meaning colourless) to 'Z' (meaning light yellow) - our lab grown diamonds are graded 'G' and 'H', making them near colourless.
Diamond clarity is a measure of purity and rarity. The lower the clarity grade, the cloudier the diamond will look. Our lab grown diamonds are graded VS, and have a Type IIa crystal formation, which means they have no measurable impurities and are the most chemically pure diamond you can get. Less than 2% of the world's mined diamonds are Type IIa.
Carat is the weight of a diamond, not the size. Two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary in size if one is cut deeper than the other. At Monica Vinader, we always cut our diamonds to maximise beauty, not carat weight.