Superior vs poor quality lab diamonds

Just like natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds can vary significantly when it comes to their quality and worth. In our industry, it is commonly referred to as the “Tale of Two Industries” which is carefully bifurcated into high-quality and bad-quality lab diamonds. Supreme quality lab diamonds are much more expensive to produce and typically trade at way higher prices in the wholesale market as they rival some of the highest-quality mined diamonds in the world. Low-quality lab diamonds are far cheaper to produce and get easily pushed onto the public via e-commerce sites that offer budget-friendly goods. 

At ILANIS, we place excellence and quality above profits. We inspect each and every diamond we sell and that’s why we will never sell poor quality diamonds to you. We clearly refuse to sell unappealing diamonds to our clients. Period! That said, mentioned below are 6 facts about CVD lab diamond quality that you must know before purchasing. 

Fact #1: There Are Beautiful CVD Lab Diamonds Available

ILANIS only sells top-notch quality CVD diamonds that possess a perfect carbon structure.

Various advancements in diamond scanning and laser cutting have resulted in manufacturing a selection of lab-grown diamonds with perfect & ideal cuts, no bow ties, and no paneling. Additionally, these quality diamonds are available at prices of – 50% off compared to equivalent quality natural earth-mined diamonds that cost way more. 

Fact #2: Not Every Lab Diamond is the Same

Just because two lab-grown diamonds received the same 4C’s grading definitely does not imply that they both will look the same. 

HPHT (High-Pressure High Temperature) diamonds with too much boron will display a blue tinge and phosphorescence. Irradiated HPHT diamonds with an excessive amount of titanium and aluminum can look a bit grayish. CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) diamonds that haven’t been given the required time to grow and were grown too fast often look brownish. CVD Diamonds with iterative growth patterns often tend to appear lifeless and cloudy. CVD Diamonds can also possess black surface inclusions due to excess polycrystalline. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) diamonds that are grown on cheap seeds will surely obtain a certain blurriness from graining and crystal strain. 

These small elements are definitely not obvious at first glance to an untrained eye. 

Fact #3: It’s Easier (and Cheaper) to Make Bad Diamonds

Beautiful lab diamonds cannot be grown without patience. The faster you try to grow a lab diamond, regardless of the method, the worse its quality. Growing high-clarity and colorless diamonds is much more time-consuming and “expensive” than growing darker colored diamonds with major inclusions. Even though the technology to grow diamonds has greatly improved over the past few years, many manufacturers around the world still continue to grow “cheap, worthless” diamonds in their labs. The reason why is quite straightforward; they require far less time to grow and thus are cheaper to make. 

Some growers take “short-cuts” like HPHT treatment, irradiation, and bad cutting methods to cut down on costs as they try to grow the most lab diamonds they possibly can. In conclusion, these types of growers focus on quantity over quality. 

Fact #4: Bad Lab-Grown Diamonds Sell on Budget E-Commerce Sites

There are a ton of nascent diamond growers around the world that contribute to an abundant supply of bad lab-grown diamonds. These diamonds are grown fairly quickly and cheaply and are then sold on budget-friendly E-commerce sites to unsuspecting members of the public. 

Supreme-quality CVD diamonds can cost the manufacturer 2-3X more than low-quality and cheap CVD diamonds. These diamonds trade at significantly different wholesale pricing and are hence offered to the public at various prices.  As an example, a 3 Carat G VS1 round can easily be 30% more expensive than another on the market. The reason this happens often lies beyond the lab-grown diamond certificate.

Fact #5: An Expert Should Have a Look At Your Diamond

It can never be enough to simply have access to a shady return policy or an inexperienced customer service associate who looks at a video for you. It is a must to have an expert with you that will be able to fully explain the diamond characteristics when you are looking into purchasing such an expensive item. A Lab Diamond Expert must inspect your diamond before you seal the deal. Being a lab-grown diamond manufacturer, Ilanie is one of the most knowledgeable persons in the entire diamond industry. Ilanie, along with her expert team, has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours inspecting various lab-grown diamonds of all qualities. 

We can confidently identify unnatural color defects, undesirable inclusion types, poor make, crystal material, and other characteristics and make sure you get the best quality lab diamond within your budget.  

Fact #6: Low Price = High Risk

Buying a lab-grown diamond from any online wholesaler or budget-friendly e-commerce site often requires fully paying for the diamond upfront, without having a live look at the diamond. 

Most lab-grown diamonds sold on the internet are never inspected prior to shipping. You may get a discount, but you can literally never be sure whether or not you are getting the diamond displayed to you in the online video and make sure it matches the diamond certificate. At ILANIS, your five-star guaranteed experience is low risk. Without any financial obligation, we will properly curate, inspect, and obtain media of the best diamonds currently in our stock. We will also send you real-life pictures and live recorded videos of the diamond options according to your specifications and preferences; All within your budget. Once you confirm any diamond with us, we only require a 30% deposit to reserve the diamond and design your ring. We’re so confident in our service and quality that we offer a hassle-free 30-day return policy.