Comparing Natural Diamond, Lab Diamond, and Moissanite

Comparing Natural Diamond, Lab Diamond, and Moissanite

When it comes to sparkling gems, diamonds reign supreme. Their allure, however, comes with an ethical and environmental price. Lab-grown diamonds and Moissanite offer sustainable and ethical alternatives that also sparkle bright.

Natural Diamond

Natural diamonds form deep in the earth's mantle, taking billions of years to develop. The process involves intense heat and pressure, usually under volcanic eruptions. Miners excavate diamonds through open pit or underground mining. This process can be environmentally destructive, and unethical labor practices, like child labor, are often associated with diamond mining. Natural diamonds are also priced significantly higher than lab grown diamonds. 

Lab Diamond

Lab-grown diamonds are produced in controlled environments using advanced technology that replicates the natural diamond-forming process. They are chemically, physically, and optically identical to natural diamonds, but with a smaller environmental impact. The naked eye cannot tell the difference between a lab and mined diamond. They are also often more affordable than their natural counterparts. Lab-grown diamonds are often a favored option for individuals who prioritize ethical and sustainable practices. The primary distinguishing feature of lab-grown diamonds is their price. They are typically significantly less expensive than natural diamonds because the cost of their production is lower.


Moissanite is a naturally occurring mineral, first discovered in a meteorite in Arizona in the late 19th century. Today, it is primarily produced in labs using a process known as "thermally grown moissanite." Moissanite is similar to diamonds in brilliance and durability but has different optical properties. It can be distinguished from diamonds with a trained eye due to its higher dispersion (sparkle). However, most people will not notice the difference unless educated on Moissanite. Moissanite is an excellent choice for those seeking a cost-effective and ethical alternative to natural or lab diamonds.

In conclusion, while natural diamonds are revered for their history and rarity, they often come with ethical and environmental challenges. Lab-grown diamonds and Moissanite offer sustainable, ethical, and equally beautiful alternatives. When choosing between them, consider your values, budget, and the specific characteristics of each gemstone.

*Please be aware that the prices depicted in the graphic are not reflective of our own diamond/gemstone pricing. They instead represent the current market value, serving to showcase the approximate current cost. For an accurate quotation, we encourage you to get in touch with us directly. 

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