How Are Lab-Grown Moissanite Gems Made?
In 2006, the fictional movie “Blood Diamond” catapulted blood and conflict diamonds into mass knowledge.
The jewellery industry has been long scrutinised for unethical practices in mining and manufacturing. Mining diamonds is resource-intensive and is often plagued with human rights violations that exploit poverty-stricken workers in unsafe working conditions.
Conflict-free natural diamonds in Singapore might be difficult to obtain and lab grown diamonds carry the same heavy price tag. If you’re looking for a gemstone engagement ring that’s optically similar to the diamond, the moissanite gem might just be your best option.
First discovered in Arizona by Nobel-Prize winner chemist Dr. Henri Moissan in 1893, moissanite has a greater refractive index than diamonds and sparkles more, but the both are optically similar and basically impossible to tell apart with the naked eye by the average individual.
As naturally occurring moissanites gems are extremely rare, most moissanite gems, like those we feature on our engagement rings, are lab grown.
How are Lab Grown Gems Created?
The process of lab-creating a gem mimics the process of what nature does to matter over millions of years, but in a lab. This process takes only a fraction of the time naturally taken, and at a much reduced financial and environmental cost.
Moissanite gems created in a lab are almost identical to mined stones, with fewer flaws, a smaller carbon footprint and a significantly smaller price tag. They are physically, chemically, and visually identical to natural gemstones.
Our gemstones are created with a steady, strictly controlled process of applying heat, pressure, and minerals. The silicon carbide derived from the naturally harvested compound is replicated and made with extremely high temperatures.
Benefits of Lab Grown Gems over Natural Diamonds
Although many consumers have endeavoured to avoid conflict diamonds and purchase lab grown gems, the diamond trade is still valued at billions upon billions, with the African continent producing 65% of the world’s diamond supply. Questions about the potential exploitation, corruption, and violence involved in the diamond supply chain, is never far behind any conversation regarding natural diamonds. Mining activities often fall in the grey zone of human rights violations. It is not uncommon for workers in mining to have to deal with unsafe practices and dangerous working conditions.
Additionally, the environmental cost of diamond mining is hefty. Mining a one-carat diamond requires 9 liters of fuel and 2,534 litres of water, while the machinery used in manufacturing causes other concerns like leaking hazardous chemicals and soil erosion.
Taking these factors and more into account, it is no wonder that more consumers in Singapore and around the world are opting for lab grown engagement rings.
The Quality of a Princess Gem Moissanite
Princess Gem understands the need for your ring to be special, durable and beautiful. If you’re shopping for an engagement ring, chances are, you’ll have heard of the 4Cs of diamond quality. These refer to the gemstone’s cut, colour, clarity, and carat. All of Princess Gem’s moissanites are loving lab-created with strict controls adhering to the 4Cs. Our engagement rings come with serial numbers inscribed onto the gem as well as a certified lab grading report. Each Princess Gem moissanite possesses a flawless cut, is almost colourless and has no imperfections visible to the naked eye.
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Princess Gem pays incredible attention to the 4Cs for our lab grown gemstones. As an ethical alternative to mined diamond rings, moissanite engagement rings can be purchased at an affordable price point, leaving you with more money for your wedding and your life together!
Shop our extensive collection of ethical engagement rings now and plan the perfect proposal to pop the question to your sweetheart!