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FTC Rules Lab-Grown Diamonds ARE Real Diamonds

The most popular question that we receive from potential customers is, “What’s the difference between a lab-grown diamond and a mined diamond?” And, although the answer has always been the same — the only difference is their origin — a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling from July 2018 has substantiated this fact.

FTC Changes

After seeking public opinion on necessary revisions to the FTC Jewelry Guidelines, some necessary changes were made to, “…below-threshold alloys, precious metal content of products containing more than one precious metal, surface application of precious metals, lead-glass filled stones, “cultured” diamonds, treated pearls, varietals, and misuse of the word “gem.”

Amongst these changes, the FTC expanded their definition of “diamond”. The definition previously stated: “A diamond is a natural mineral consisting essentially of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric system.” However, in their ruling, the FTC agreed that the word ‘natural’ is no longer necessary.

“When the commission first used this definition in 1956, there was only one type of diamond product on the market — natural stones mined from the earth,” the FTC said. “Since then, technological advances have made it possible to create diamonds in a laboratory. These stones have essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as mined diamonds. Thus, they are diamonds.”

Essentially, the commission agreed that a diamond’s origin — whether it be from the earth or from a lab — was not a necessary characteristic to validate it as a true diamond.

Clean Origin

So, what does this announcement mean for lab-grown diamonds, like Clean Origin?

“When the FTC made their announcement earlier this year, it was a huge win for Clean Origin,” says Tony Walsh, COO of Clean Origin. “Our goal is to offer truly conflict-free diamonds for a broader market.  We hope that this ruling will encourage more couples to consider the benefits of lab-grown diamonds.”

Lab-grown diamonds offer so many benefits that mined diamonds cannot — they’re environmentally friendly, ethically sourced and more affordable. The diamond experts in this field have understood the difference between lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds — or lack thereof — from the beginning. However, this FTC ruling now gives an easy answer to our most popular question. Yes, lab-grown diamonds ARE real diamonds. The government now says so.

This post has been provided by CLEAN ORIGIN, curators of 100% lab-created diamonds. We bring our customers exceptional, high-quality jewelry for any momentous occasion. Our team of experts has been in the industry for three generations, providing superior quality settings and diamonds for a fraction of the price. Clean Origin offers concierge service and a 100-day money back guarantee to back all of its fine jewelry. We’d be honored if you made us part of your life’s journey.