While 99 percent of the diamonds we sell are natural, Bailey’s also offers a collection of lab-grown diamonds. These pieces are eco-friendly and 40 to 60 percent less expensive than a natural diamond. Plus, they look identical to their earth-mined counterparts.
Earth-mined and man-made diamonds are almost indistinguishable, and are made of pure carbon. The difference lies in the scientific process in which they are created.
Natural diamonds are formed beneath the earth’s crust resulting from extreme pressure over millions of years.
Lab created diamonds start with a small diamond seed placed in a sophisticated pressure chamber containing carbon. By recreating the intense heat and pressure of the earth’s crust, the diamond grows layer by layer. Approximately 10 to 12 weeks later a diamond is formed.
Lab-grown diamonds are physically, optically and chemically identical to earth-mined diamonds, and are indistinguishable by even the most experienced gemologists. Only very expensive and sophisticated equipment can positively differentiate the two.
Most lab-grown diamonds larger than 0.25 carats come with a grading certificate. At Bailey’s, we’re happy to put together an appraisal that best fits your needs based on the information we receive from the certificate.
Similarly to diamonds mined from the earth, each diamond varies in color and clarity grades. These diamonds are classified as Type IIa crystals, which make up one to two percent of all natural diamonds. They’re almost completely devoid of impurities, so each cut that makes it to our stores is truly exceptional.
Bailey’s is proud to offer gorgeous, socially-responsible and eco-friendly cultured diamonds to delight you or a loved one. Whether you’re thinking about popping the question with a beautiful lab-grown engagement ring, or are looking to add sparkle to your wardrobe with a pair of synthetic diamond studs, turn to the experts at Bailey’s.