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Lab grown diamonds are a hot topic in the jewelry industry, getting lots of attention from consumers and causing some confusion. As an American Gem Society store, committed to consumer protection, David Gardner’s Jewelers wants to bring some clarity to the misinformation.
The word “diamond” alone always refers to a natural diamond that comes from the earth; you may also refer to a natural diamond as “real, genuine or precious.”
A lab grown diamond may be referred to as lab grown diamond, lab created diamond or synthetic diamond.
Lab grown diamonds have essentially the same physical and chemical characteristics as natural diamonds, therefore making them nearly impossible to detect to the naked eye. Because they are not easily detected, they pose potential risks for consumers, unintentionally purchasing lab grown diamonds presented as natural diamonds. Within the wholesale and retail jewelry community, there is already misrepresentation and non-disclosure and we want to help protect you.
The majority of consumers (68%) believe that a lab grown diamond is not real, and therefore there is a need to be protected.
After extensive research, we have purchased a Sherlock Holmes 2.0 Lab Grown Diamond Detector. Moving forward, all diamonds in our store are being tested, even small diamonds, known as melee. We have three American Gem Society (AGS) Certified Gemologists on staff, including two Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Graduate Gemologists, and two members of our staff that have completed the GIA Graduate Diamonds Program.