One Of Our Most Asked Questions - What Is The Difference Between Lab Grown And Mined Diamonds?

The Mined.

The Diamond You're Used To.

We all know about Mined or "Natural" Diamonds, they've been around for centuries!

They are formed about 100 miles beneath the Earth's surface under high temperature and high pressure conditions.

The Lab Grown.

Newer...maybe scary?! Keep reading!


Lab Grown Diamonds have actually been around since the 1950s! They aren't quite as new as you think. However, they just recently became more popularized in the jewelry industry.

These diamonds are formed in labs using HPHT methods (High Pressure, High Temperature)...sound familiar?

Let's Talk Properties They Share:

Chemical Makeup

Diamonds are the only gem made up of a single element: It is typically about 99.95% Carbon.


Lab-grown diamonds have nearly the same physical and optical properties as natural diamonds. They are still graded using the "4 Cs" and come in a variety of specs.


Both diamonds have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs Scale! Meaning these are tied for the hardest gem available.

What About Moissanite?

Moissanite is a synthetic diamond substitute, it does not share the same properties as a mined or lab grown diamond.

With a makeup of silicon carbide, Moissanites have a lesser hardness (approx. 9.25) on the Mohs Scale. These can still be a good, affordable alternative to diamonds in appearance.

What Does K Novinger Use?

We do it all! Whatever your stone preference, we're excited to work with you!

You'll often hear us talk about pulling in stones loose for our customers to choose from when making jewelry (Not just engagement rings! Earrings, necklaces, etc. too!). We do this with all stones. Whether it be a Lab Grown Diamond, Mined Diamond, Moissanite or Gemstone - you get to pick your perfect stone.

Samples Of Settings For Your Stones

Maybe With Moissanites?

Maybe With Lab Grown Diamonds?

Maybe With Mined Diamonds?

Have questions?


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