WHAT ARE LAB GROWN DIAMONDS?
Lab grown diamonds are 100% real diamonds formed above ground instead of in the earth. Scientists use pure carbon seed crystals placed in high-tech growth chambers that recreate the conditions which diamonds form in nature. Carbon slowly deposits onto the seed crystal in these chambers and over time, form a rough diamond crystal. Those crystals are then cut and polished in the exact same way that diamond rough mined from the earth is. The only difference between a diamond mined from the earth and one grown in a lab is its origin. Because they have the same physical, optical, and chemical properties, your lab grown diamond from Taylor Custom Rings will look and hold up exactly the same as a diamond mined from the earth. And you can feel great knowing it's a mine-free diamond!
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HOW ARE GROWN DIAMONDS GRADED?
Mine-free diamonds are graded exactly the same and diamonds that are mined from the earth. Each of our lab grown diamond center stones come with a third party grading report from either IGI or GCAL and even include a laser inscribed serial number that acts as your diamond's fingerprint. Below is an outline of the 4c's and how each important quality factor is graded.
The carat of the diamond is a measurement of how much the diamond weighs. Typically as carat weight increases, so does the size of the diamond. However, if the diamond is cut poorly, it may look smaller for its carat weight when compared to a diamond of the same carat weight that is cut correctly. A diamond from Taylor Custom Rings will always be proportioned correctly so you know that you are getting the correct size.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite was first discovered in a meteor crater by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. That's right, Moissanite's origins are from outer space! This new material was later identified as silicon carbide and is now grown in a lab and then cut and polished to mimic the sparkle of a diamond. At a fraction of the cost, Moissanite is a great alternative to diamond if your budget doesn't allow for the size of diamond that you want. It is a 9.25 on Moh's hardness scale which means you won't ever have to replace your Moissanite and can even pass it down from generation to generation.