As Real as It Gets

Are lab-grown diamonds real diamonds? The answer is, yes, lab-grown diamonds are as real as mined diamonds, only with a different provenance. Today’s advanced technology can replicate the extreme temperatures and high pressure needed to create a diamond, so that even the most well-trained eye can’t tell the difference!

With the increasing popularity of lab-grown diamonds the world over, many often ask, “Are lab-grown diamonds fake or synthetic?” and “How can you spot the difference between an earth-grown diamond and a lab-grown diamond?”

Yes, lab-grown or cultivated diamonds are exactly the same as earth-grown diamonds. The only difference between the two is that one is grown below the earth and the other is grown above the earth. Cultivated diamonds have always existed even in India but they were created primarily for industrial use such as cutting tools (due to diamonds’ natural hardness).

Over time, the processes and technology used to create these diamonds have evolved so much that these diamonds can now be used in jewellery. Cultivated diamonds are created in machines with the use of high pressure and extreme temperature, replicating nature’s way of making diamonds. The end result – diamonds that are exactly the same as mined diamonds – physically, chemically, and optically.

Even the most experienced jeweller cannot differentiate between an earth-grown and cultivated diamond and you need to use highly scientific tools in the labs to identify these diamonds. But reputed jewellers always declare the use of cultivated diamonds with the help of certification, and the diamonds themselves come with an inscription on the girdle, thereby ensuring consumers are not cheated.

With the use of technology to create these beautiful diamonds and with master craftsmanship when it comes to cutting and polishing, you can get dazzling cultivated diamonds in a matter of four weeks! There’s something for every budget.

Cultivated diamonds are set to storm the Indian market soon, and are technology’s answer to people who need wholly conflict-free diamonds.


Priya Kumari Rana

Lifestyle Insider is a kind of junction point, connecting people with diverse interests that touch on the more luxurious aspects of lifestyle – fashion, design, travel, food and spirits, art, watches and jewellery, cars, yachts, and aviation, and technology. People today don’t fit into boxes and categories. In our individual ways, we are interested in diverse themes, products, and the challenges that face our world today. You will judge how well this effort of mine caters to your passions and proclivities.

Lifestyle Insider is a showcase of all that is beautiful and luxe. Behind every creation, is a designer, chef, entrepreneur, or a design maison. I have delved into my own appreciation for objetsde luxe that I have admired over the years – be it a love of fashion from the world’s top Parisian and Italian fashion maisons and their ’90s muses, or the care that goes into sari and Indian textile collections in my own family. Growing up on four continents, as the daughter of a former Indian Ambassador, I’ve seen a remarkable array of historic places and met a myriad people. My aim is to bring my world view into this website, a curation of what I find particularly stunning, unique, and newsworthy.

It’s an exciting time for brands all over the world. With change comes opportunity. With the global ‘reset’ and uncertainty on many fronts, there is a chance to write a new script. Let’s be those pioneers.

A bit about me:
A luxury and fashion journalist with 25 years of experience in publishing and magazine journalism, I have edited some of India’s top fashion and luxury magazines. I got my BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and went on to receive my Master’s in English and French from the University of Strasbourg, France. I have also studied German and Film. I live in Gurugram, India, and look forward to once again exploring our world with a new-found freedom.

Priya Kumari Rana

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