A 3 Carat Radiant Cut Lab Diamond is the most popular cut with modern brides. It has many facets, which makes it sparkle in the light and look larger than a 3-carat diamond of the same shape. The higher cut of the diamond also produces more fire (bright flashes) because there are sharp edges to reflect light toward your eyes. Lab-created diamonds are artificial in a controlled environment and are made of the hardest known substance on earth – diamond. Yet, they are more affordable than mined diamonds and have the same qualities as mined diamonds except for their origin, which makes them ideal for people who want to avoid conflict diamonds or ethical issues related to their purchase. The following is a buying guide for lab-created diamonds.
1. Diamond Clarity
Lab-created diamonds are available in the same clarity range as mined diamonds. The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence or absence of ‘internal flaws’ (inclusions) under magnification. With lower clarity, the inclusions are easier to see and appear more prominent because less light reflects off them and into your eyes. When it comes to clarity, it is essential to know that inclusions themselves do not detract from a diamond’s beauty; instead, what matters is its size, location, and suitability for your taste. Rare Carat offers diamonds with a clarity grade of SI1 or higher (Very, Very Slightly Included).
2. Diamond Color
Lab-created diamonds are available in the same color range as mined diamonds. The color of a diamond refers to the presence or absence of color within the diamond under magnification. The diamond will appear more apparent to you with lower color without any yellow tinting. Buying a darker-coloured diamond may be attractive to some consumers who are not interested in a lot of shine and sparkle but rather prefer more subtle characteristics and richness in tone. Yet, if a lab-created color is much darker than you expected or wanted, you can always have it re-dipped to achieve a natural, near-natural, or better color.
3. Diamond Cut
The cut of the diamond refers to the shape of the diamond. This can be described as round, princess, emerald, radiant, asscher cut, or anything else pre-determined by the manufacturer. The round cut is shaped like a bigger version of a modern-day engagement ring so it looks more proportionate and is not too small for your finger. Lab-created diamonds are available in the same cut range as mined diamonds. However, there are no standardized rules, which ultimately boils down to personal preference.
4. Diamond Certification
Lab-created diamonds are available in the same certification range as mined diamonds. The certification of a diamond refers to its particular set of data about laser drilling, symmetry, color, and clarity grading provided by a 3rd party independent lab. A certificate is given for every diamond and is your assurance that the diamond meets the standard of quality (perfection) you are interested in. Rare Carat offers certified diamonds from GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the leading diamond grading company.
5. Diamond Setting
Lab-created diamonds are available in the same setting range as mined diamonds. The setting of a diamond refers to the quality of how it is mounted and secured internally in your ring. With lower quality, the diamond may look wobbly or insecure on its mount(s). When it comes to lab-created diamonds, their mounting quality can be determined by the company you buy them from. Rare Carat specializes in top quality settings that are both secure and beautiful with high clarity and color grades.
6. Diamond Price
Lab-created diamonds are available in the same price range as mined diamonds. The price of a diamond refers to the quality of its cut, clarity, color, size and certification. Depending on how important these characteristics are to you and how much you can afford, you can purchase a lab-created or a mined diamond that fits your budget. Lab-created diamonds offer more savings than mined diamonds due to their being cheaper to produce and ethical issues related to their purchase.
Lab-created diamonds are a viable solution for many people who want to avoid ethical issues related to mined diamonds and/or their high cost of them. Loose radiant cut diamonds are available at Rare Carat and they are also perfectly cut, beautiful and affordable.
With the unique pricing, customers can buy GIA-certified diamonds in any shape and size they wish with no hidden costs. Rare Carat offers its clients not only a guarantee of quality and safety but also the peace of mind that they are investing their money wisely into ethical diamonds.