Love-grown colored gemstones.
Luxury at its kindest.
Let's get right to the point: like for lab-grown diamonds, lab-grown colored gemstones are no different in composition than mined gems!
From the mesmerizing hues of emerald green to the fiery tangerine of a mandarin garnet, colored gemstones have always held a special place in the hearts of jewelry lovers. Enter lab-grown colored gemstones - a sustainable and beautiful alternative that not only reduces the negative impact of traditional mining, but offers jewelry lovers an ethical choice that does not compromise on quality or aesthetics. If, like us, you draw inspiration from the beautiful, modern, pure and human, we have you covered.
What are lab-grown gemstones, and how are they made?
Our lab-grown colored gemstones are gemstones that are created in a laboratory through a process that mimics the natural formation process. These gemstones have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as their natural counterparts and are created under controlled conditions to ensure consistency and quality. Some of the most common lab-grown colored gemstones include rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds, and they are often used as a more affordable and sustainable alternative to natural gemstones.
The lab-grown colored gemstones creation process
- Seed Crystal Selection: The process begins with selecting a high-quality lab-grown crystal of the desired gemstone species, which serves as a seed crystal.
- Chemical Vapor Deposition: A small seed crystal is placed inside a vacuum chamber with a carbon-rich gas. A high-energy beam of electrons is directed at the seed crystal, breaking down the gas molecules and depositing atoms onto the seed crystal.
- Coloring: To create a colored gemstone, other elements are added to the gas mixture during the deposition process, which causes the resulting crystal to exhibit the desired color.
- Formation of a Boule: The seed crystal is slowly rotated and heated to temperatures over 1,000°C, causing the deposited atoms to gradually build up layers around the seed crystal, forming a boule.
- Cutting and Polishing: Once the boule has reached the desired size, it is removed from the chamber and cut and polished into the desired shape and size of gemstone.
- Quality Control: The final step involves grading and quality control of the finished gemstones to ensure they meet the desired specifications.
The process for creating lab-grown emeralds and sapphires is generally similar, but the specific chemicals and conditions used in the growth process can vary depending on the desired color and other properties of the gemstone. For example, creating a blue sapphire may involve adding small amounts of titanium and iron to the growth chamber to create the desired color, while creating an emerald may involve using chromium or vanadium to produce a green color.
Why lab-grown colored gemstones are less expensive than mined gemstones?
Lab-grown colored gemstones are less expensive than mined gemstones because they don't require the same amount of resources, labor, and time as mining. Additionally, the process of growing gemstones in a lab is also less risky and more predictable than mining, which can result in higher quality and more consistent products.