The best alternative to a mined diamond is a man-made diamond. These diamonds are chemically, physically and optically the same as diamonds that come from the earth. However, they’re an eco-friendly alternative that provides couples with peace of mind knowing that their diamond was 100% ethically sourced.
Although it may seem that lab-grown diamonds were just discovered, a variation of these stones has actually been around since the 1950s when GE discovered the technology to create them. Thirty years later, gem-quality man-made diamonds became widely available in the 1980s. However, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that the quality, craftsmanship, and precision arose to what it is today. In terms of cut, color, clarity, and carat, lab-grown diamonds are indistinguishable compared to mined diamonds, as they’re cut, polished and graded at the same caliber as their mined counterparts.
Although lab-created diamonds are the same as mined diamonds in regards to their look, chemical makeup, and visual characteristics, the steps it takes to move the stones from production to customer is slightly shorter. This is part of the reason that lab-grown diamonds can be a 20-40% less expensive mined diamond alternative. Clean Origin is also a direct to consumer brand, meaning there are no middlemen between our products and our customers. This is how we’re able to offer such competitive pricing on all of our diamonds -- even when compared to other man-made gemstones.