All about lab & love grown diamonds
Are lab-grown diamonds real?
A lab-grown diamond is exactly what it sounds like, which is a real, authentic diamond that is formed with scientists duplicating nature’s process above ground. A lab-grown diamond is just as real and contains the exact same properties as one that is formed underground. The only thing that makes a lab-grown diamond different from a mined diamond is its origin.
How can a process that can take millions of years occur in a lab? What makes it faster?
Lab-grown diamonds are created with a process that mirrors what occurs in nature, but without the massive environmental and ethical harm. What happens beneath the Earth’s surface is replicated in a lab using advanced technologies. The process takes between six and ten weeks, and yields diamonds that are ready to be cut and polished, then graded and certified by the same gemologists at organizations that certify mined diamonds.
How do lab-grown diamonds compare to real diamonds compositionally and aesthetically?
Lab-grown diamonds are physically and chemically identical to mined diamonds in every way but free of environmental and ethical harm. Lab and mined diamonds use the same IGI certification and inspection process, which includes grading for carat size, cut quality, color, and clarity. Every Great Heights diamond is IGI certified and an SI2 (slightly included) or better — making them eye-clean to the naked eye.
About Proud Diamond
Where are you located?
We are located in Montreal, Canada.
who is behind proud diamond?
Say hi to Virginie.
Like most cool stories, hers started decades ago with her grandpa, Marcel Dumontet, a Manufacturer Sales Agent in the gold and diamond industry since 1963. Growing up under his wing, Virginie was embedded in the diamond business from an early age - learning firsthand of its impact and importance. The natural step to follow his lead happened 30 years later with the (proud) birth of Proud Diamond.
Where do your diamonds come from?
There are less than 50 laboratories in the world at this time. Creating diamonds is one of the more complex process in the world. We have found some in United States, Europe, China, Russia and India. After a very deep research to find the best partner with the same values than us, we have decided to buy mainly in India. Their technology is strong, and we have created a strong relationship with our vendors.
BUT, our vision is to have our own laboratory in Canada one day. We are working very hard to make this vision a reality.
Who makes your jewelry?
All of our pieces of jewelry are made in Montreal, Canada. It’s all handmade, no machine here. We can then guarantee the best quality so you can pass your piece of art from generation to generation.
Who designs your jewelry?
Virginie Roy, the founder, designs all of our jewelry in collaboration with a master jewelry designer. She has a strong knowledge of trends and fashion. She is inspired by films, climate, street, influencers, magazines, fashion designers, creative explorations, political, economic and social. She is obsessed by data, and use it to predict what will become the new trends.
For the first collections, Virginie has created essentials to put the diamond before the design. She thinks that putting the diamond in the middle of the story is how she can educate people on lab-grown diamonds so they understand the importance of changing our behavior to adopt a more sustainable purchase behavior. Wait for the next collections, she can’t wait to put her creativity into it! Or try the custom design service, this is where she can get the most creative to achieve what you have in mind.
Do you offer alternative metal options such as rose gold?
Yes, we offer White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold and Platinium. Everything is actually possible! We offer a service of custom jewelry, please refer to this page for more information.
Describe the experience of buying a diamond from Proud Diamond
In stores, there’s only so much inventory you can offer to a customer. On top of all of the pieces you see on our website, we offer a custom design service that gives the opportunity to our customer to design the jewel of their dream. We use the CAD Design technology to simulate exactly what our customer have in mind and we change every details until it is perfect. Custom Jewelry can be finish in 2-4 weeks, depending of complexity.
What’s the benefit of buying diamonds online versus in person?
The modern consumer shops online. Starting as brick and mortar would limit our customer interactions, where we can immediately access them digitally. We are also able to provide better prizes since we don’t have to include our loan in the jewels price. Proud Diamond services exceed the in-store experience. We eliminate the jewelry counter intimidation while providing an unprecedented level of customization in lab-grown diamonds and bespoke engagement ring creation.
How much more affordable is a Proud Diamond diamond than a mined diamond?
The price differential varies depending on the size and quality of the stone, but Proud Diamond is 40 to 60 percent less than a comparable mined stone. Proud Diamond has sold the biggest lab-grown diamond ever sold in America. Why? Because the mined equivalent would sell for millions at the big auction houses. Larger, or the more rare, the higher the ‘discount’ from mined pricing.
The future is bright for Proud Diamond. Awareness and demand for lab-grown diamonds has grown significantly over a short period of time. Proud Diamond owns one of the largest selections of lab-grown diamonds, so we are a leader in the category in developing and customizing products for our consumers. In 2023, we will be launching more fashion-based jewelry categories, exploring retail concepts, and looking beyond selling in North America.
How to clean my jewelry?
We offer a service of cleaning. If you have a ring, we recommend to have the prongs verify at least once a year. You can take the opportunity to have your jewel cleaned at the same time.
For simple cleaning, you can clean your jewelry with mild dish soap and warm water. Fill a bowl with warm water, add dish soap and your jewelry, let it soak for 30 minutes, and then air dry it. For an extra clean, use an unused toothbrush and gently brush your jewelry.
For a deeper clean, use a Magnasonic cleaner. You can buy one easily on Amazon or encourage a local store, which we always recommend.
Does my proud diamond jewelry come with a warranty?
All of our products are produced with the highest level of detail and quality. We offer a free, 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects on all Proud Diamond jewelry.
An example of a manufacturing defect would be a broken clasp, chain detachment from a jump ring, or loose diamonds and prongs.
General wear and tear, scratches, stretched chains/rings, or jewelry damaged by improper use, cleaning or storage are not considered manufacturing defects.
The alteration or servicing of your jewelry by a third party will void our warranty.
Shipping and delivery
Where do you ship to?
We ship worldwide. If you are outside of United States or Canada, please contact us directly, we will make this happen firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you help me keep my purchase a surprise?
Let's do it! Send us an email at email@example.com and we will come up with a plan.
We have planned a delivery by helicopter.
What is the delivery time?
Can’t wait to receive your jewelry? We have plenty of options of fast-delivery.
For last minute gift, a upcoming vacation or just because you can’t wait to receive your jewelry, you have plenty of options you cna receive between 2-5 business days. Have a look to this page. Please, call for anything more urgent: 514-442-6058
For the rest of our collection, or for custom delivery, please expect 2-4 weeks to receive your order.
Our jewelry is handmade and carefully verified before we ship and that takes time.
What is your shipping process?
Once we verify the quality of the product, we will send you your shipping information via email with your tracking number.
All orders require a signature upon delivery.
It may take up to 2- 4 weeks to receive your order.
Finance and insurance
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all secure payments including Credit Card, Paypal, Shoppay and GPay. We also accept bank transfers (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Are your prices listed in usd?
All of our prices are in Canadian Dollars or in USD depending of your location.
Do you offer financing or payment plans?
We love accommodate. Please email us at email@example.com
Legal and security
Is shopping with proud diamond secure?
Yes. We guarantee that every online transaction you make will be 100% safe.
Does my jewelry order include a diamond certificate?
Yes, IGI all grade lab-grown diamonds above 1 carat. We can get smaller stones a GIA or IGI certificate on request.
Will I be charged sales tax?
Yes, taxes are added at checkout.
Collaboration and press
How can I collaborate with proud diamond?
Just email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I get in contact with proud diamond?
There are several ways to connect with us. Email us at email@example.com or send us a DM on Instagram @prouddiamondofficial. You can also call us directly 1.514.442.6058