What’s the Difference? Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds

What’s the Difference? Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds

Oftentimes, people ask: Are lab grown diamonds real diamonds? Well, we’re here to help you answer your question. Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds in every way. Not only will we explain exactly how and why in the following article, but we’ll explain in detail the pros, cons, and general comparisons between lab-grown and traditional diamonds.

The Chemical Structure of Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds are the same chemically and physically. Diamonds are a rare mineral composed of carbon atoms arranged in a crystal structure. Traditional diamonds are formed deep under the earth through time and pressure. Lab-grown diamonds are formed in a laboratory, utilizing the techniques to create that same carbon crystal structure. These diamonds have the same hardness and durability, and are able to receive certifications for color, clarity, and cut. This just shows that lab-grown diamonds, as with natural diamonds, are a true diamond in every way.

Environmental and Humane Factors

Traditionally, diamonds must be mined very far below the Earth’s crust, resulting in huge damage to the ecosystem. Diamond mining companies cause massive deforestation and habitat loss through moving tons of soil. This doesn’t just affect the immediate environment. Mining can result in deposits in water sources, which contaminates water in areas far downstream. Meanwhile, lab grown diamonds are synthesized in house, without needing to dig or deposit soil.

Apart from environmental factors, issues of humane treatment must be considered as well. Mining is dangerous. It requires workers to go into deep pits, facing the risks of rock collapse, explosive hazards, and even lung disease from coal dust. In the laboratory, our expert researchers are given the highest standard of working conditions and treated with care and respect.

Rarity and Resale Value

A diamond’s rarity and resale value is one of the biggest contributors to why people prefer traditional diamonds over lab-grown diamonds. It’s commonly stated that consumers should purchase a natural diamond in order to utilize its resale value, due to its rarity. However, we’d advise most of our clients against the idea of storing their wealth in jewelry. Diamonds do not increase in value over time, and are a should not be considered an investment strategy. Even with traditional, rarer diamonds, the average price you would be able to sell for would only be 20-40% of the original price you paid for it. Not a good value!

If you’re not looking for resale value and care more about rarity instead, we understand. It’s compelling to search for a jewel that Mother Nature has created to pick out as your own. Here at Eterna, we take that role and create our jewelry made to order just for you. We customize to fit your needs and are thinking of you every step of the way. We consider each and every one of our clients special and unique. In this way, the jewelry we make for you is truly yours, from beginning to end.


The price of a lab-grown diamond can’t be beat. Here at Eterna, our prices are exceptionally lower, not just because we are able to produce diamonds in the lab. There is also no need for us to go through multiple tiers of the supply chain. Our diamonds are from us to you.

So, Which Diamond Do I Pick?

When choosing a diamond, there’s no right or wrong answer, only the one that you feel is right in your heart. You might consider the diamond’s rarity to be a driving factor, driving you to purchase a natural diamond. Or you might be wary the risks of mining and opt for our lab-grown diamonds. Maybe our diamonds are the best fit for your budget. Either way, whatever diamond you choose, it will be perfect for you.

Of course, as a lab-grown diamond brand, we’re a little biased. But we believe in our diamonds, and we believe that we are the future of sustainable, ethical, lab-grown diamonds. Thank you for choosing Eterna as your source for lab-grown diamonds.