Grown Diamonds

Recent advancements in chemical vapor deposition (CVD), high temperature - high pressure (HTHP) and other technologies have enabled a few specialized facilities around the world to literally ‘grow’ gem quality diamonds from pure carbon. Under a controlled environment the carbon is formed into diamond crystals that are precision cut and polished just as a diamond mined from the earth would be. These are not simulants – these are real diamonds that are virtually indistinguishable from their mined equivalent, even to gemological grading agencies. In partnering with America’s most esteemed and pioneering private laboratory, Green Lake Jewelry Works is proud to offer our own Grown Diamonds collection.


Diamonds mined from the earth and diamonds that are grown are chemically and structurally identical. However, with engineered, lab grown diamonds, there’s no blasting, excavating or dangerous labor required. As a bonus, creating lab grown diamonds is a less expensive process than mining natural diamonds. Because grown diamonds cost less than natural mined diamonds, custom engagement ring clients can purchase a gemstone that’s larger and brighter all within the same budget.


Motivated more by ideals than pocketbooks, many eco-conscious consumers seek out lab grown diamonds as would like to minimize the drain diamond mining places on the environment. The kilowatt-per-carat cost and subsequent carbon dioxide emissions associated with creating gems in a lab are about 80 percent less than those of traditionally mined gems. While emissions in either case still account for a small fraction of what it takes to get from Seattle to Cabo on a honeymoon, some couples may not support mining as it entails many changes to the ecosystem. Green Lakes' Grown Diamond Collection offers clients a relatively ‘green’ alternative for their gemstone.


Just like a growing a plant, engineered diamonds start out as a small ‘seed’ of pure carbon. Various processes shorten the crystal development from eons to just weeks. These rough gems are then sent to master diamond cutters just as if they were excavated from the earth, and cut to achieve the best clarity and carat weight possible. While especially consistent in quality, grown diamonds also demonstrate the same unique and one-of-a-kind characteristics found in mined, naturally occurring diamonds.