Buying diamond jewelry is no small feat, so it’s important to feel confident in your choice. While there’s constant debate over the pros and cons of lab grown diamonds versus natural ones, there are plenty of reasons to opt for the former. As Helzberg Diamonds, the leading jeweler for lab grown diamonds, knows: Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds. The only difference between the two is where they come from. Natural diamonds form over large periods of time and are ethically mined, while lab grown ones are created from responsibly sourced diamond seeds using advanced technology in just a few months. Are you seeing the benefits already?
Since we’re always looking for innovative ways to evolve our wardrobes in a more sustainable direction, lab grown diamonds are the ultimate secret weapon: they provide the best quality at every price point. The price-to-carat ratio of a lab grown diamond is perfect if you have a set cost in mind and want to maximize the sparkle — which you should, especially if you’re shopping for an engagement ring (or even a very special holiday gift).
To learn more about Helzberg Diamonds lab grown technology, the company’s President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Julie Yoakum, shares her expert knowledge. Below, she breaks down everything you need to know when shopping for lab grown diamonds, plus a few options to shop while you’re at it.
Erin Cunningham: What makes lab grown diamonds a perfect gift?
Julie Yoakum: Helzberg Diamonds offers an unrivaled selection of lab grown diamond jewelry for gifting. Lab grown diamonds offer an exceptional value when compared with similar quality natural diamonds, which means more sparkle for your spend.
EC: Are lab grown diamonds any different from natural diamonds?
JY: The primary difference between lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds is their origin. Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds that happen to be created in a lab. Using advanced technology in a highly controlled environment, scientists are able to successfully mimic the same process the earth uses over billions of years to create natural diamonds. From their chemical composition to the way they shimmer and shine in the light, lab grown diamonds are identical to natural diamonds in every way.
EC: What are your must-know tips for new diamond buyers?
JY: Learn about the 4 Cs of diamonds. With any diamond, the 4 Cs — cut, color, clarity, and carat weight — work to decide value. Each factor plays a critical role in determining the brightness, fire, and scintillation that gives a diamond that special sparkle. And, at Helzberg Diamonds, we have introduced the 5th C – the choice of lab grown or natural diamonds. When it comes to larger stones, make sure they are graded by a third party. Helzberg uses GCAL (Gem Certification and Assurance Lab), known throughout the jewelry industry for its rigorous lab grown grading standards.
EC: What are the most commonly made engagement ring mistakes you see, and how can readers avoid them?
JY: There are no rules! Everyone’s journey is unique. Find a trusted partner, like the jewelry experts at Helzberg Diamonds, to help you find a diamond that balances size and quality at a price that fits your budget.