Why laboratory-created stones are taking the jewellery world by storm
If you’re in the process of buying jewellery – particularly an engagement ring – you might have come across a new phenomenon known as Laboratory created stones. Here are a few things you need to know about Laboratory created stones before making your mind up either to dismiss them altogether, or to choose this modern jewellery option for your next purchase.
How are they made?
The first thing you need to understand is that these stones are made in a laboratory, and are not mined from the natural rock formation where real stones are sourced. What this means is that they are created using optical and chemical properties, along with a manufacturing process using heat and pressure, that share the exact same features as the normal stones. Therefore, there is no difference in how they look. Unless you are a diamond or gemstone expert, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
What are the benefits?
As there is no mining required, Laboratory created stones have little-to-no impact on our natural resources in the way that sourcing real stones does, so there is a significant benefit to our environment.
The other major positive is that they are ethically-sourced and ensure that no hard labour is undertaken in order to produce them. As Laboratory created stones are ethically sourced, they are labelled ‘conflict-free’ and their origins can be fully traced, clear of conflict zones.
Do they provide better value?
Due to a number of reasons, Laboratory created stones are a more affordable option than natural gemstones. The main reason is that there is less labour and machinery required to manufacture them, meaning consumers only need to pay for the Laboratory and shipping costs. Of course, it doesn’t come with the same history, tradition and rarity of real stones, but if that’s not of major importance to you, then the savings are well worth it.
Now that you have a better understanding of Laboratory created stones and how they differ from natural gemstones, you’ll be able to weigh up the difference when you’re considering you’re next jewellery purchase.
Would you like more information? Feel free to visit your nearest store today to see our Laboratory created diamonds and gemstones or to speak to one of our jewellers in person.