To the naked eye, most people find it impossible to tell the difference between a natural diamond and lab-grown diamonds, or to even distinguish one color grade from another. As far as price goes, the difference can be significant.

In recent years, it became possible to create beautiful diamonds in a laboratory that match the desired qualities of mined diamonds. These are being made exclusively for diamond engagement rings or other diamond-like jewelry. For many people, just the thought of purchasing mined diamonds brings up images of slave laborers and children being disfigured. With these new lab-grown diamonds, you now have the option of buying an engagement ring that is ethical and environmentally-friendly.

To truly call something a diamond, it does have to meet special criteria defined by the International Diamond Council (IDC). For extensive definitions of diamond terminology, check out the IDC Rule book. The easiest way to find out if you are buying a real diamond is to know the hardness of the gem. A diamond must have a hardness of 10 on the Moh scale. Other standards include its specific gravity (± 3.52 g/cm3) and its refractive index (2.42).

A lab grown diamond meets the same criteria as a naturally mined diamond. In fact it will test positive on a Diamond Tester. Our lab created diamonds are called ECO Diamonds. Why you ask? They will not harm the people who create them and they will not harm the earth. For a full list of the ECO Diamonds we offer please visit our Loose Man Made Diamonds