Lab Grown Diamonds FAQ
Unparalleled. Type IIa quality, colorless LovBe lab grown diamonds have maximum brilliance and lustre. The most recognized symbol of love worldwide! Read on to learn more about our settings and intrinsically pure loose diamonds. If you don’t find the answers you seek in our FAQs, please contact us by email or phone.
1. How long have lab grown diamonds been around?
The first commercially successful lab grown diamond was produced nearly 70 years ago. Working at GE’s lab in upstate New York, Tracy Hall put his Doctorate to work turning carbon into diamonds using a crude pressure chamber fashioned out of a steel belt. GE rewarded him with a $10 savings bond. Hall’s experiment gave rise to the lab grown diamond industry dominated by two main players: GE Superabrasives and De Beers Industrial Diamond Division. These earliest lab grown diamonds were used for cutting and grinding in applications ranging from optics and semiconductors to medical technology. Only in the last few years have gem quality lab grown diamonds exploded onto the market.
2. What are lab grown diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are produced using technology that replicates the conditions under which diamond crystals (or rough diamonds) are formed underground. Once they are big enough, the lab grown diamonds are cut and polished by master diamond cutters using the same tools and techniques used to cut earth-mined diamonds.
3. How are LovBe lab grown diamonds made?
Typically, lab grown diamonds are produced using one of two gem-quality diamond creation processes: High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). In both, a small diamond seed is placed in low pressure microwave chamber containing carbon. Hydrogen and methane gases are introduced to start the process. A plasma ball ignites, carbon molecules rain down on the seed and it begins to form layer by layer. Approximately 4-6 weeks later, the diamond is ready to be cut and polished.
LovBe’s colorless diamonds are grown in laboratories across the world using the CVD process.
4. Where do the diamond seeds come from?
Lab grown diamonds are grown using a tiny seed of pure carbon. Depending on the laboratory growing them, the seed can be either mined or lab grown. LovBe’s lab grown diamond seeds are grown in labs.
5. Where are LovBe lab grown diamonds made?
Our diamond experts at LovBe have carefully vetted the labs known for growing the most stunning and brilliant diamonds worldwide. We work exclusively with premier state-of-the-art laboratories to grow our remarkable LovBe lab grown diamonds.
6. Where are LovBe lab grown diamonds cut and polished?
LovBe lab grown diamonds are cut in the same key global polishing centers and in the same highly precise manner as earth-mined diamonds.
7. What shapes of diamonds does LovBe offer?
The LovBe lab grown diamond collections come in several shapes. We offer a competitive range of white diamonds cut as round brilliants along with princess and emerald-cut white diamonds, as well as oval, pear, cushion, and radiant shapes.
8. Is a LovBe lab grown diamond really a diamond?
YES! A LovBe lab grown diamond is 100% diamond with identical chemical, physical and optical properties as an earth-mined diamond. As testimony to this, the Federal Trade Commission removed the word “natural” from the basic definition of diamond in 2018. That benchmark decision establishes that there is now more than one way to create a diamond.
9. How do I know that my LovBe lab grown diamond is really a diamond?
LovBe’s lab grown diamonds are certified by independent grading laboratories where gemologists inspect and grade them. The certificate verifies that each stone meets the rigorous standards set by industry. This certificate is included with your purchase.
10. How should I clean and maintain LovBe lab grown diamond?
LovBe lab grown diamond is a diamond and so we recommend you to clean it exactly the same way you clean any other diamond. You can buy a steam cleaner or ultrasonic cleaner designed especially to clean jewelry or you can take your diamond to a professional jeweler. Non-abrasive and chemical free jewelry cleaner is available online too.
Honestly, the best and most inexpensive way to clean your diamond is to fill a small bowl with hot water, mix in a drop or two of dishwashing soap and place your ring in the mixture for 5 minutes. Soaking should be sufficient, but if your ring is cloudy from lotions or hair styling products, use a soft toothbrush (for babies) to clean it. Gently brush around the stones. Do not be rough as it can loosen the stones over time. Never brush using sharp objects to clean your ring. Do not risk rinsing your jewelry under the faucet as the chances of the ring falling down the drain are increased because the soap makes the ring slippery.
Finally, don’t over-clean your diamond jewelry. The consensus is to clean your ring monthly at home and take it to your jeweler twice a year for a professional cleaning that includes also checking that the settings are secure.
11. How long does it take to grow a lab grown diamond?
The production cycle of lab grown diamond can typically take about 4-6 weeks to reach the desired size of a rough (uncut) diamond. Once it’s the desired size, the rough lab grown diamond must go through the process of cutting, polishing, and certification, just like diamonds from mines do.
The entire process—from seed to mounted jewelry—averages 6-8 months.
12. If we can grow diamonds, can’t we just grow a whole batch of a specific size, color and clarity?
No, it isn’t that simple. The lab diamond growing process merely sets the stage to make it possible for diamond crystals to grow in sophisticated growth reactors. The results yield a mixed range of colors and clarities just like those mined from the earth.