Lab-Grown Diamonds

Exclusively available at Ballantyne Jewelers


A new choice in diamonds

Ballantyne Jewelers is proud to introduce our selection of lab-grown diamonds. Shining just as brightly as the beautiful mined diamonds we offer, our lab-grown diamonds are perfect for those looking for an affordable alternative.
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What is a lab-grown diamond?

Simply put, lab-grown diamonds are diamonds. The unique thing about these diamonds is that they are created in a laboratory instead of being mined.

While mined diamonds take millions of years to be created, scientists can create diamonds in a lab in a fraction of that time. In fact, it just takes about two months for them to grow, which is quite an impressive feat. 
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Are lab-grown diamonds real?

Yes, lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds! They have the same crystal structure, chemical composition, and optical characteristics as mined diamonds.

In fact, the US Federal Trade Commission has even removed the word “natural” from the definition of a “diamond” in recognition of the fact that lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds are equal.

How are lab-grown diamonds made?

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The fact that science has come so far that we are able to grow diamonds in a lab is amazing! The process of growing diamonds is complex, but essentially, it involves carbon, huge amounts of pressure, and extremely high temperatures. 

There are two different methods to grow diamonds: High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). While they have their differences, both emulate the natural process of growing diamonds in a controlled environment using cutting-edge equipment.

In both processes, tiny carbon particles called "diamond seeds" are placed inside sealed chambers where they are pressurized and heated until they break down and crystallize into fully formed diamonds.

While that process might seem unusual, that’s exactly the same thing that happens in nature. The only difference is the natural process takes millions and billions of years, while we can do the same thing in a lab in a matter of months.

How are lab-grown diamonds graded?

Lab-grown diamonds are graded exactly the same way as mined diamonds. To grade them, professionals analyze their cut, clarity, carat, and color. If you would like to learn more about how diamond grading works, explore our Diamond Education Guide.
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See the incomparable beauty of lab-grown diamonds for yourself

Ballantyne Jewelers is your destination for lab-grown diamonds in Charlotte, NC.  Visit us today, and discover the staggering beauty of these shimmering gems. Explore the biggest collection of lab-grown diamonds in Charlotte, and find the perfect one for you.

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