Lab-grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. According to Google, in spring 2023 online search for the term "lab grown diamond rings" has surged by 80% compared to last year. There are obvious reasons for this: Lab created diamonds are physically, chemically and optically identical to mined diamonds. They are not to be confused with synthetic options, such as cubic zirconia stones. In fact, when you buy a GENTLE DIAMONDS lab grown diamond it comes with a certification of authenticity issued by independent third party gemological laboratories such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Lab made diamonds are thus real diamonds. If you want to know more about how they are made, read this article about lab grown vs natural diamonds.


Should You Buy Lab Grown Diamonds?

The obvious answer to this question is ‘yes’. Not only because you are in fact buying a real diamond, lab made diamonds are also cheaper than mined diamonds. Since they are made in a laboratory, the cost for producing a lab made diamond is lower than extracting a naturally formed diamond from the earth’s crust. The supply chain for lab made diamonds is also much shorter than that of mined diamonds and less trades result in lower costs for the end consumer. At a similar grade, lab made diamonds are thus up to 50 percent less expensive than their mined counterparts. No matter if you are looking for a lab diamond bracelet, lab diamond earring or a lab diamond necklace, you will be able to afford a larger carat size at your given budget (UK average engagement ring cost). 

The environmental benefits of lab created diamonds over mined ones are a further important benefit. Mining operations are typically fuel-dependent, which can generate pollution and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Lab diamonds on the other hand are more sustainable and in addition to that also 100% conflict-free. Here are some of our most popular lab grown diamond rings:


Betsy Ring 9K Yellow Gold Betsy Ring in 9K Yellow Gold


Why Lab-Grown Diamonds are Better

In recent years, an increasing number of celebrities have been choosing lab grown diamonds as an alternative to mined diamonds. According to CNN, US couples are swapping out mined diamonds in rings for larger lab-made ones. While this trend has been driven by the cost savings and ethical benefits that lab created diamonds offer, the appeal of lab created diamonds goes further. Customisation options is an important factor. We have developed an engagement ring builder that allows you to personalise every detail of your engagement ring and create a truly unique piece. Lab diamonds have other advantages. In a laboratory environment it is easier to control the conditions under which a diamond is formed. While our GENTLE DIAMONDS, like all diamonds, have unique fingerprints and birthmarks they are of a high clarity rating. Most of the stones in our GENTLE DIAMONDS collection have a VS+ rating. This means that they are “very slightly included” and it would be somewhat difficult for a trained diamond grader to spot inclusions using 10x magnification. 


The Choice is Yours - Colourful or Understated

Lab made diamonds come in a wide range of colour options. From bright emerald rings, such as the Evelyn Ring, the fancy pink Cory Necklace or a vibrant ruby ring, with lab made stones the options are endless.

Rosemond Ruby Oval RingRosemond Ruby Oval Ring

By controlling the temperature, pressure and composition of the gas mixture used in the diamond formation process we can control the diamond crystal structure and thereby give it different colours, shapes and sizes. As a result our GENTLE DIAMONDS collection features an exciting range of colour options ideal for those who want to stand out from the crowd, or something more understated if you just want to accentuate an elegant evening dress. 

Overall, our lab made diamonds provide you with an exciting array of possibilities when it comes to creating beautiful and unique coloured gemstones, while still retaining all the qualities you love about mined diamonds — just at a lower price.