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 it's 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!
Why we love grown diamonds
Lab grown diamonds are created by scientists above the ground, completely eliminating the negative environmental effects of diamond mining.
Lab grown diamonds are 100% real diamonds that are the same chemically, physically, and optically to their mined couterparts.
Lab grown diamonds are 30-40% less than mined diamonds of the same quality which means you can get a bigger, nicer diamond with the same budget.
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 cut of the diamond is the most important factor because it directly affects the overall beauty the most. Cut measures how well the diamond facets interact with light. The better the cut, the more sparkle you'll enjoy. Round shape is the only shape to receive an official cut grade and we only sell Ideal or Excellent Cut diamonds. Shapes other than round are carefully inspected by one of our diamond experts to ensure that the proportions and facet alignment are exceptional.
Clarity measures how many internal characteristics are visible in the diamond. These inclusions and blemishes can often affect the overall beauty of the diamond giving it a peppered or cloudy appearance. Your diamond from Taylor Custom Rings will be at least VS-2 in clarity to ensure that no internal characteristic is visible to the naked eye. In fact, even under magnification it will be very difficult to spot any inclusions.
The color grade of a diamond is based on the absence of color. A perfectly colorless diamond shows no hue, like a drop of pure water. Most lab grown diamonds range from H - K color and show a slight yellow, brown, green, or blue, though yellow is the most common hue. All Taylor Custom Rings' diamonds are guaranteed to be at least G color to ensure no visible color.
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 a diamond is cut poorly, it may look smaller for it's 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.
Why we love moissanite
Moissanite is the best diamond alternative because of it's striking beauty and low cost relative to a diamond of the same size.
Moissanite is a 9.25 on moh's scale making it an heirloom gemstone suitable to pass down from generation to generation.
Moissanite is a lab-grown gemstone void of the negative environmental impacts that mining has on the earth.