Have you ever dreamt
of owning a fancy color diamond of the highest quality but yes with a lower
price tag? Science has made it possible to duplicate the process followed by
Mother Nature and which rivals the real thing in both beauty and sparkle. The
end result is that we are coming into an era where the sale of lab manufactured
diamonds is going to challenge the annual billion dollar sales of natural
American Diamond manufacturers like Apollo diamonds use laser cutters to cut
seeds from diamonds and then expose these seeds to carbon gas inside a vacuum
chamber. The carbon atoms start sticking to the seeds and a diamond can be
formed in 2 to 3 weeks. Elsewhere other corporations use imported Russian
machinery to recreate the intense heat and pressure filled conditions during
natural diamond formation. The introduction of carbon into this controlled
environment results in the formation of shiny yellow or canary diamonds. These
diamonds are also known as cultured diamonds. Only an expert eye with the aid
of a microscope can distinguish them from their real natural counterparts. The
laboratory generated diamonds can hugely open up the diamond wholesale market
with their cheaper prices and greater accessibility.
The sudden eruption of this technology had diamond majors scurrying for cover.
De Beers went to the extent of saying that these cultured diamonds were
imitations and degraded the most precious stone in the world. De Beers has also
started supplying gemologists with equipment to distinguish natural diamonds
from lab cultured ones.
However traders dealing in cultured diamonds feel that each of the manmade
stones has an individual certificate with an inscribed number. This number is
the same as on the cultured stone. This practice according to dealers protects
the consumer in the event that a synthetic stone is sold off claiming it to be
a natural stone.
So what is the verdict? That question still remains as it is incoherently
difficult to distinguish a natural diamond from a cultured one. There is also
lack of availability of proper detection technology at present. The consumer
still remains in doubt, whether or not to go for synthetic diamonds. The
strategy would be to find a good and trustworthy jeweler who will provide the
best value for money. In contrast people who have bought synthetic diamonds
seem to appreciate its beauty and do not harbor any uneasy qualms over not
buying a natural diamond.