Frequently Asked Questions
How long has it been possible to produce lab-grown diamonds?
The technology has been available since the 1950s, however it took many decades perfecting it to be able to create lab-grown diamonds of comparable quality and price to mined diamonds.
When were SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS introduced into the market?
We premiered our lab-created diamonds in 2016, after decades of considered in-depth technological innovation. Although the very first lab-grown diamond was created in the 1950s, however it took many decades refining the techniques and conditions to ensure that we offered a top-of-the-range stone of incomparable quality and unrivalled brilliance.
Are SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS 100% diamonds?
Yes, they are. The only difference is SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS are grown in a laboratory.
SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS are molecularly indistinguishable from mined diamonds. Possessing identical physical, chemical and optical attributes, they are created by utilizing the same heat and pressure necessary to form mined diamonds.
The process utilizes carbon atoms – also used to form mined diamonds – nurturing them into a raw diamond under conditions that perfectly emulate the natural environment. Once the stones are grown, they are further crafted by our Master Cutters, in precisely the same manner as natural diamonds are cut and finished, transforming them into objects of exquisite beauty.
Why are SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS so coveted?
Swarovski is known for producing high-quality, man-made stones. Our attention to detail, our in-house knowledge, our commitment to perfection, not to mention our history and heritage, remains unsurpassed. Evolved from over 125-years of innovative brilliance with master-cutters and experts in cutting and polishing, the brand promise for SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS - A diamond you can trust - is not only our brand promise, it is our word
Are SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS certified?
Yes. SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS weighing 0.70 carat and above are certified, and accompanied by a report from an independent gemological institute. All SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS are screened in-house by certified gemologists and, because every one of our diamonds is unique, they are all evaluated by the industry standard of the 4Cs: clarity, color, cut, and carat weight ensuring exceptional quality.
Are SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS a conscientious choice?
Swarovski has always been dedicated to a vision of responsible business, and the care of the environment. We are proud to offset the energy used to produce SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS, making the process carbon neutral. All of our diamonds are created in adherence with high-level environmental, safety, and labor standards, ensuring our lab-grown diamonds have the exact same brilliance and beauty as natural diamonds, only with next-generation values.
How can I know that the diamond really is a SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS?
Every SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMOND, larger than 0.10 carat is marked with a microscopic laser engraving guaranteeing it as a Swarovski stone of outstanding perfection. This mark is visible only under strong magnification, and identifies the diamond as a first-class authentic SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMOND of extraordinary beauty.
Why does Swarovski offer lab-grown diamonds?
Our pioneering history of innovation and technology, our dedication to precision faceting, alongside our desire to bring radiance into the everyday means we were highly placed to deliver lab-grown offerings of extraordinary and unsurpassed quality. Lab-grown diamonds was the next logical step in our long history of creating exceptional products that delight and entrance, and with sustainability very much part of our founding philosophy, lab-grown diamonds were a natural fit
Are SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS priced differently than mined diamonds?
Yes, they are – and it works in your favor. In general, lab-grown diamonds are less expensive and therefore more affordable than mined diamonds. In direct comparison you typically obtain a larger and/or higher quality stone for your budget with SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS. The exact price difference of course, depends on the quality and size of the stone you choose
Are SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS better value for money?
A SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMOND, indistinguishable from a mined diamond of the same carat weight with the same characteristics and quality, typically has a lower price than a mined diamond of more rarity, making them better value for money.
Developed in the 1950s, the methods to create lab-grown diamonds took years to perfect, with the growing of monocrystalline diamonds in gem quality incurring prohibitive costs and making them much higher in price than mined diamonds. It is only in the last 10 years that the technology has advanced enough to grow diamonds of high color grade, with excellent clarity at a more reasonable price.
Comparatively, why aren’t lab-grown diamonds even less than mined diamonds?
The creation of lab-grown diamonds involves a complex and highly innovative process requiring stable lab conditions, unique machinery, diamond-growing experts, diamond cutters, and certified gemologists equipped with special and incredibly detailed expertise to bring you a diamond of the highest caliber.
The processes involved in creating a mined diamond; cutting, polishing, grading and quality control, for example, cost the same as for a lab-grown diamond. The only difference is in the production of the initial raw diamond. Naturally, this is all reflected in the price of a premium offering.
Do lab-grown diamonds hold their value?
Lab-grown diamonds hold their value similar with mined diamonds. What needs to be noted however - whether mined or lab-grown - you should not expect to be able to sell your diamond for more than (or at times equal to) what was originally paid at retail. Except for mined diamonds in very rare fancy colors, both lab-grown and mined diamonds do not increase in value over time relative to inflation
How are diamonds grown?
There are 2 technologies to replicate the diamond formation process: HPHT (high pressure high temperature) and CVD (chemical vapor deposition). HPHT simulates the conditions inside the earth’s crust and allows the growth of a lab-created diamond through intense heat of 2190–2730° Fahrenheit and high pressure. Inside the press the carbon atoms bond with the atoms of the seed, forming the diamond, atom by atom.
With CVD the lab created diamond is grown in a vacuum chamber by adding methane and hydrogen at temperatures of 1290–1650° Fahrenheit. The carbon atoms are released from the methane molecules by a microwave plasma inside the growth chamber, adding to the diamond structure of the seed, atom by atom, to finally become a diamond grown in a lab
Why do lab-grown diamonds have inclusions?
Mined diamonds are the result of carbon being exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep inside the earth. During this process, small crystals can become trapped in the diamond as it's forming. As these crystals grow, they can cause irregularities in the atomic structure. This can result in internal characteristics called inclusions, and external characteristics called blemishes. Because lab-grown diamonds are formed using processes that emulate those found in nature, they also develop these internal and external characteristics.
Why does it take so long to grow a diamond?
Good things take time - just as in nature. The faster the process time for a lab-grown diamond the higher the likelihood of producing a stone of inferior quality with far too many inclusions and low clarity. Like a pristine water droplet, a chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no discernable color, and we aim for absolute perfection.
How do SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS achieve their final form?
A SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMOND has the added benefit of being faceted from its raw form by our Master Cutters who are absolute experts in their trade, and trained to create an indistinguishable diamond of impressive quality. With over 125 years of cutting and precision faceting experience, our expertise is unparalleled to ensure you receive a stone of exquisite beauty.
Does Swarovski create colored lab-grown diamonds?
One of the benefits of choosing a SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMOND is that they are able to be crafted in 16 enchanting fancy colors, the most comprehensive array in the market. With the judging criteria - hue, saturation, and tone - identical for mined and lab-grown diamonds, you are assured of brilliant creativity and optimum color radiance in a range of hues that surpass the boundaries of nature. This 21st-century update on the classic diamond offers a choice that celebrates next-generation values with eternal elegance.
What is a simulated diamond?
A diamond simulant is not a diamond at all as the chemical properties are completely dissimilar. They can be made out of anything from glass to Cubic Zirconia. While they may look similar at first, diamond simulants aren’t as hard and don’t have the same optical properties as diamonds, so they show signs of wear more easily, and are not as radiant. Diamond simulants and lab-created diamonds often get confused, but they are completely unconnected and very different
Lab-grown diamonds vs. Cubic Zirconia
One outstanding differentiation is that the Cubic Zirconia is not considered a gemstone as they cannot be found in nature. Made from powdered zirconium and zirconium dioxide, melted together and formed into a stone, chemically the Cubic Zirconia is a completely different entity - whereas a lab-grown diamond is completely identical to a mined diamond. A Cubic Zirconia is a simulant, and was created to be a less expensive alternative to diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds vs. Moissanite
Moissanite is a totally different gem that tends to be less expensive than a diamond. It started out as a naturally occurring mineral, but natural supply wasn’t enough to make even the smallest pieces of jewelry until scientists discovered a way to replicate it in a lab, making it commercially available. While it may look like diamond it has a much lower grade in color and hardness.