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Billy Porter wore a collar necklace made of 500 cultured (or lab groin) diamonds at the 2020 Oscars. Meghan Markle regularly wore pieces made sustainably by jewelry brand Kimai (she wore the top crawler design for her first public appearance in 2019 under her patronage Smart Works). These are just some of the stars that include more lab-grown diamonds in their clothing. But what exactly Is Diamonds grown in a lab? How much does it cost? And is it even real?
For these questions, we’re back to the experts: Jimaka co-founder Jemica Warch and Sidney Newhouse, Sital Jogia, founder of Labyrinth Diamonds, Ye-Hui Goldenson, VRAI representative, and Laura Chavez, founder of Lark & Berry. They break down the basics, providing insights into how these pieces first become “big”, how the process differs from traditionally mined diamonds, and how they are evaluated and graded after they are completed. (FYI, just like a non-lab extended diamond, four Cs are still effective: cut, color, clarity, and carat.) Considering a lab-grown diamond engagement ring? This guide will spotlight the popular style shopping retail destination. You’ll also learn why going to the lab to grow can help reduce your carbon footprint – opening a mine causes pollution, so replicating nature’s processes in the lab can help prevent additional damage to the environment.
First, find answers to what you think about lab-grown diamonds, then shop for some of our best, including rings, earrings and necklaces.
– Additional report by Sarah Wasilak