Lab Grown Diamonds VS Earth Created Diamonds

When it comes to purchasing an engagement ring, there is always so much debate on whether you should purchase a lab grown diamond vs an earth created diamond. Today, we will be exploring the differences between the two so you can make an educated decision when it comes to a center engagement ring stone!

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Formation and Origin of the different diamonds

Earth created diamonds are created over millions of years within the Earth’s mantle. The diamonds are brought to the surface of the earth from volcanic activity, where they are to be able to be mined. Because of this intense process, earth created diamonds can come in a variety of colors and have several inclusions.

Lab grown diamonds are created in a laboratory, hence the name lab-grown. They are created using a high pressure temperature and pressure to mimic what occurs naturally with the Earth’s mantle. As a result, a lab grown diamond has the same physical and chemical properties as an earth created diamond.

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Physical Characteristics

Lab grown and earth created diamonds are chemically and physically the exact same! This is actually a big shock to a lot of people when they first start doing research on diamond engagement rings. Meaning, unless you have a special equipment, you won’t be able to tell the difference.


One of the biggest difference between lab grown diamonds and earth created diamonds comes down to cost. Lab grown diamonds are less expensive than earth created diamonds. This is due to the fact that lab grown diamonds are in a controlled environment, involving less labor than mining earth created diamonds.

For example, if you have a budget of $5500 you can get a 1-carat diamond, F Color, VVS2 Clarity, Ideal Cut princess cut earth created diamond, or you can get a 2.2 carat lab grown diamond with the same specs. With a lab grown diamond, you can a much larger stone.

Biggest advantages of Lab Grown Diamonds

Should I buy a Lab Grown Diamond?

In my opinion, the 3 biggest advantages to purchasing a lab grown diamond include, the price, lab grown diamonds are more affordable, the quality is more consistent and have fewer defects. I've been a huge fan of purchasing lab grown diamonds for years, I find they are an incredible value and look beautiful styled.

Biggest advantages of Earth Created Diamonds

The advantages of an earth created diamond include the unique characteristics due to the diamond taking millions of years to form, the culture significance, and lastly natural diamonds have a higher resale value than lab grown diamonds (should you ever decide to sell it).

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Where to purchase Lab Grown and Earth Created Diamonds?

When it comes to purchasing lab grown and earth created diamonds online you have tons of options, but I love shopping at a place that has a great reputation, known for their competitive pricing and high quality, which is why when shopping for such an important piece of jewelry such as an engagement ring I love shopping at

Final thoughts on Lab Grown Diamonds vs Earth Diamonds

Overall, whether it's a designer handbag or a diamond, I always tell people to purchase what they feel confident in and what they will wear. An engagement ring is a big purchase, it symbolizes your love, and commitment to each other. It’s important to purchase an engagement ring that you will feel confident and proud to wear weather it’s a lab grown diamond or an earth diamond, James Allen has both options and is a great place to shop for your diamond needs.

Sincerely Petite in Paris,


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  1. I bought a lab grown engagement ring. 10/10 would recommend!

    1. Diane Marz says:

      That’s awesome! So glad you got a lab grown engagement ring!

      1. Hi Diane
        More great tips for shopping, and as always, enjoyed another informative article from you!

        1. Diane Marz says:

          Thank you Donna!


  2. Diane this is wonderful information!!! I love the jewelry featured in the article. Now I want to go shopping

    1. Diane Marz says:

      Thank you so much! Hope you have a great time shopping!