• Dan Balboni

Have You Heard About The Tale Of Two Diamonds?

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

Along time ago, in fact, over 2.5 billion years ago, a diamond was "born" far below the earth's crust. To be more accurate, between 75 and 120 miles below the earth's surface. Diamonds formed under tremendous heat and pressure. Many people ask me what are diamonds made of? They consist of 99.95% pure carbon. Diamonds are the only gem made of a single element. The remaining 0.05% of a diamond consists of more than 25 impurity elements. These elements influence the diamond's shape or color.

Diamonds have been around for a long time. The first diamond discovered in South Africa was in 1866 and was named the Eureka. It weighed 21.25 carats in the rough and was cut into a 10.73 carat oval brilliant faceted diamond.

Today, with all of this information on how diamonds are formed, scientists have discovered how to create their own. And so, we now have, The Tale Of Two Diamonds. One that nature created and one that man created. What is the difference you ask? Read on.

Synthetic diamonds also known as Lab Created diamonds are now created with graphite in a laboratory. Typically, graphite is formed when temperature is high in relation to pressure. A diamond's formation is caused by high pressure in relation to temperature. A lab created diamond has the same crystal lattice structure as a natural diamond. So what is the difference between the two? Natural diamonds are over 2.5 billion years old and a lab created or man made diamond is just a baby. Other than that? No difference.