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Different Types of Diamonds

Guide to Different Types of Diamonds

Diamonds are one of the most popular and sought-after gemstones in the world. They are known for their brilliant shine, durability, and rarity, symbolizing luxury and status. However, not all are created equal. There are several different types of diamonds, each with its own unique characteristics and qualities. Understanding the differences between the types of diamonds can help you make an informed decision when purchasing a stone, whether for an engagement ring, a special occasion, or an investment.

Characteristics of Natural Diamonds

Natural-mined diamonds are formed beneath the earth's surface over millions of years. These stones are known for their exceptional hardness and durability, making them ideal for use in fine jewelry. Natural diamonds come in various colors, from colorless to yellow, brown, and even black. The color of any stone is determined by trace elements within the crystal structure. Natural diamonds also have inclusions and blemishes formed during growth. These inclusions can include minerals, gasses, and other imperfections that give each stone an identity.

Characteristics of Lab-Created Diamonds

Lab-grown diamonds, also known as synthetic or cultured, are created in a laboratory setting using advanced technology replicating the natural formation process. While lab-grown diamonds share chemical and optical properties with natural diamonds, their crystal structure is fundamentally different and they can be positively identified 100% of the time with proper testing, but these gems are typically less expensive. Lab-grown diamonds can be created in several sizes and colors, including colorless, yellow, pink, and blue. They are generally free from the inclusions and blemishes found in their peers, making them a popular choice for those who prioritize clarity on a budget. While lab-grown diamonds are incomparable from their natural counterparts, they share many desirable characteristics, such as hardness, brilliance, and beauty. Lab-grown diamonds are an excellent substitute for Cubic Zirconia, but will never take the place of natural diamonds.

Why are Naturally Mined Diamonds so Great?

While lab-grown diamonds have gained popularity in recent years, there are still benefits to choosing a natural diamond over a lab-grown one. Natural stones are a rare and valuable commodity. Their inherent beauty and uniqueness cannot be replicated, and their inclusions and imperfections give each gem a distinct appearance. Natural varieties have a rich history and cultural significance and have been used in jewelry and other adornments for centuries. Additionally, the resale value of natural stones tends to be higher than their synthetic peers, as they are more sought-after and hold their value over time, and lab-grown diamonds are valued to 80 to 90% LESS than natural diamonds and falling fast.

Discover Gorgeous Diamonds at Rogers Jewelry Co.

No matter what you prefer, Rogers Jewelry Co. takes pride in offering our customers a vast selection of high-quality diamonds from around the world. Whether you're looking for a classic diamond engagement ring or a stunning diamond necklace, our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to helping you find the perfect gem to meet your needs and budget. Visit one of our Central California or Nevada locations to view our selections in person today, or email to speak to our staff.

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