What is a "laboratory-grown" diamond?

A laboratory grown diamond is crafted by cutting-edge technology that replicates and accelerates the natural diamond growing process. The result is a man-made diamond that is chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown beneath the earth's surface. It first happened in the mid-1950s, however, these diamonds were too small for jewelry. Larger sizes began to be produced in the mid-1990s. In 2018, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dropped the word "natural" from its definition of a diamond to include non-mined gemstones, before rolling back and differentiating it again. It is sensitive! The same year, De Beers, who heavily invested into this new technology, launched a line integrating laboratory grown diamonds, called Lightbox Jewelry.

Laboratory grown diamonds are produced from carbon material in a technical machine that replicates the extreme heat and pressure conditions found within the earth. It accelerates the natural process of crafting a diamond, which originally takes about a billion years, kilometers beneath the ground. HPHT means High-Pressure High-Temperature and it is one of the primary methods used to grow diamonds in a laboratory.

Why have we decided to use "laboratory grown" diamonds?

BA111OD has been launched as a laboratory concept, based on people. A laboratory grown diamond, man-made, is therefore completely coherent with our approach. Moreover, we love the idea of men defying the nature... same as we defied the watch industry by being the first brand using this special kind of diamonds. BA111OD is future facing!

Finally, we made this choice because of our planet. The extraction of one carat of mined diamond requires about 480 liters of water and the removal of 250 tons of ore, whereas a laboratory grown one is about 15'000 times less polluting. In addition, it enables us to trace our diamonds' origin and be certain about the clear and clean supply chain.

What are the differences between laboratory grown diamonds and natural ones ?

Physical & chemical properties: they are the same, no difference. Results are equal.

Respect of the environment: laboratory grown diamonds are more eco-friendly.

Traceability: laboratory grown diamonds are easier to trace.

Rarity of the gems: natural diamonds are extremely rare and limited.

Age: natural diamonds take a billion years to grow.

Cost: natural diamonds are about 30% more expensive.

Cutting & setting: price is the same for mine and above-ground diamonds.

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