The number one question we get is “Are lab-grown diamonds real diamonds?” (also called man-made)
The answer is a very simple yes.
The only thing that makes a lab-grown diamond different from a natural is diamond is its origin. A laboratory diamond is “grown” inside a lab using cutting-edge technology that replicates the natural diamond growing process. The result is a diamond that is chemically, physically, and optically identical to those grown beneath the Earth’s surface.
“Lab grown diamonds are not fakes. They’re not cubic zirconias. They have all the same physical and chemical properties of a mined diamond.” Stephen Morisseau, a spokesman for the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that oversees the international diamond grading system. Source
Sometimes, lab grown diamonds are referred to as synthetic diamonds. While not technically inaccurate, term “synthetic” may be the reason people believe lab grown diamonds are “fake.” It is important to know that there’s a big difference between lab grown diamonds and diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite. These simulants are not made of the carbon crystals, and do not possess the same brilliance or durability as diamonds. For that reason, simulants sell at much lower prices than lab created diamonds.
Lab grown diamonds are, in fact, the real deal.
Are Lab Diamonds Eco-friendly and Sustainable?
Yes, it is sustainable to grow diamonds with abundantly available carbon and renewable energy. Growing diamonds is definitely energy intensive; It requires approximately 250 kilowatt hours of electricity to grow a 1 carat diamond. That same amount of electricity could power the average US household for 9 days or allow you to drive a Tesla Model S approximately 700 miles.
Are Lab grown less expensive?
Lab diamonds usually cost about 30% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. But these lab diamonds are every bit as luxurious as their earth-mined counterparts, since their dazzling beauty and durability are the same.
So, which should you choose?
This decision is, of course, up to you. Don’t let yourself be pressured or guilt tripped into buying a diamond that you don’t love. There are plenty of people out there who will tell you that it’s morally wrong or unethical to buy a natural, earth-mined diamond, and visa-versa. Hopefully, by now you know that this is (to use a technical term): bologna.
The key is to decide what is most important for you in a diamond (peace of mind, romance, price, how you feel about the purchase, etc.). Now that you understand the true benefits and disadvantages of lab grown diamonds, you can make the decision that’s right for you. Whatever diamond you decide on, Malloves Jewelers has you covered with a selection of natural and lab grown diamonds, beautiful jewelry to set them in, honest and upfront descriptions of every product, and a proven track record of incredible prices.
The decision is yours and yours alone. We encourage our customers to become informed about both earth-mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds and then make their decision. At Malloves, we love them both!
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They’ve been our family Jewelers for years! Friendly staff, very helpful. Will always find great gifts here at a reasonable price!
“Very nice family owned jewelry store. There is a wide range.of jewelry and gifts for all price ranges. The jeweler that does all their work is very good! He does high quality Beautiful work from custom work to simple repairs. The gemologist is also very knowledgeable and does great work. The entire staff and very friendly and have a great knowledge of the industry.”
“I can say I have had a pleasant time just browsing through the store & the people are always friendly”
“I had no idea you sold so many gift items! I got a graduation gift for my 12 year old niece (MOGO bracelets) and a gift for my mom (Snoozies) and a gift for a baby shower I’m attending! WONDERFUL SELECTION!”
“So nice! I recommend you to everyone!”
“Honest people. Nice and patient. Most important, they didn’t try to “up=sell” me… not pushy. Treated me like a millionaire and never made me feel bad that I have a small budget.”
“I am so impressed with the Goldsmith- Tom. He repaired my ring and it looks better than it did when it was new (and it’s 20 years old!) WOW! GREAT JOB!”
“I have had two great experiences at Malloves recently. I am getting married this year and had shopped around at a few other places for an engagement ring and wedding band before coming to Malloves. The experience we had at Malloves far exceeded the other places where we had shopped. Everyone is super friendly and helpful and they were willing to go out of the way to find something for us that we loved. Most importantly, they were not pushy at all, which is such a breath of fresh air! Thank you Malloves! :)”
Christina C., Newington, CT
“For over forty years I have received outstanding smiles and service!!! They’re like family- we talk sports ( Red Sox/Yankees) of course, school, children, etc. “
“You just can’t put a price on trust! When you walk in to Malloves, you don’t have to worry about getting what you pay for. I sent my son in to shop for an Engagement Ring, they have a new life customers, and she said yes!”
“I like being treated like a Queen even if I am just browsing! HAHA! Love your store and your staff.”
“Everyone is always so nice to me when I come in! Love your store!”
Rosanne B., Durham, CT
“Nice People. Cool Stuff.”
“I can’t believe the gift section! It’s enormous and items from $5 and up! And Jewelry from $9… I love the Viva Beads!”
Lisa W., Portland, CT
“This is one of the few jewelry stores that makes you feel at home as soon as you walk in. While the salespeople do not jump on you when you first walk in they do acknowledge you. You have a chance to look around without feeling that you are being pressured. They stand behind their products 100%. I returned an item that was purchased almost a year ago, and when it broke they replaced it free of charge and with out any hassle. I have and will continue to recommend people shop their when they are looking for a nice piece of jewelry.”
“I went to shop for an engagement ring and I left with a lot of knowledge and they never pressured me at all…”
Al S., Middletown, CT
“Shopping there is always a fun time, Kathy is a great salesperson and always makes me feel like she has all the time in the world for ME! Love that!”
Clair S., Uncasville, CT
“Store is much bigger than it looks. Wish I knew there was free parking in back, but otherwise it was a good experience!”
Glenn B., New Haven, CT
“I paid a little more for the ring my fiance wants at your store. It was cheaper on-line. But once I factored in that you guys do the appraisal, sizing, setting and repairs in your store, plus warranty it, AND I believe in supporting local business, it’s a no brainer to shop with you guys! Thanks Marc!”
“Very patient and nice people. I am truly impressed!”
Whitney R., Essex
“I wouldn’t shop at another jewelry store because the employees at Malloves are so nice and helpful. I LOVE going there!!”
“I only go to your store. The staff is so nice. The repair department is the best around! I trusted them with my grandma’s diamond ring and they repaired it beautifully!”
Jen K., Durham, CT
“The mall jewelry store charges $15 to clean my Pandora Bracelet. Malloves does it for FREE! Even if it’s not from their store! I will NEVER go anywhere else for my Pandora!”
“Thank you so much to Carey and the Malloves Team. She was able to beautifully reset and turn a family heirloom into a 5 year anniversary gift for my wife. Throughout the process, Carey was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and informative. Once it’s time to buy my wife a ‘push present’, Carey will be my first and only call.”
Paul T., Middletown, CT
“After weeks of looking at various stones and settings for an engagement ring at the national chain stores and other out-of-town jeweler stores, my fiance, Helen, and I decided to look closer to home. One Saturday a couple of weeks ago, we were downtown doing some errands when we passed by your store. I asked Helen if she would like to take a look to see what you had. She said yes and that is when we met Pooja and Carey and when Malloves became our jeweler. Sometimes you just don’t know what’s in your own backyard. Our experience from start-to-finish was amazing. The ladies were very attentive, but not pushy; they were friendly but not phony and best of all, they were quite professional. There was one diamond that Helen was very taken with but we decided to “think about it.” About ten minutes later while driving down Route 9, Helen turned to me and said, “I want that diamond.” We returned immediately to the store where we were met like old friends. The stone we purchased from your store was amazing and it did enhance our setting. Our setting had special meaning for both us so the ring that Tom fashioned for us instantly became a family heirloom. Thank you Pooja and Carey you are exceptional representatives of Malloves. And thank you Tom for your skillful and creative work. Thank you Malloves for a very special buying experience. “
Bill G. & Helen B.
“This store is wonderful. The staff is wonderful. I wouldn’t shop anywhere else.”
Julie F., Durham, CT
“Christine took so much time with me to help design the ring of my dreams! I am VERY particular and she was so patient! Malloves made my 10 anniversary so special! Thank you.”
“Carey and the rest of the staff are great. They’ve done good work on my fiancee’s ring and customer service has always been excellent. I can’t recommend them highly enough.”
“Shopping at Malloves is a pleasure! Mark, Christine, and the Malloves team are some of the most wonderful, most friendly people I have ever dealt with!”
Judy G. Cromwell, CT
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