We often get asked, “What's the difference between lab-grown diamonds and the Diamond Hybrid®?” We’re here to break it down for you and make your decision process easier. The first thing you need to know is that these are two distinctly different stones each with their own chemical and optical properties. It’s also good to also note that the price difference between these two stones types varies significantly. Let’s dive in.
Left to right: Lab-Grown Diamond, Diamond Hybrid
What is a Lab-Grown Diamond?
Lab-grown diamonds are REAL diamonds. By replicating the earth’s natural growing process in a controlled laboratory environment, we’re able to create pure carbon diamonds that are optically, physically and chemically identical to earth-mined diamonds, graded by the same world leading gemological institutes that grade natural diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are the perfect choice for those who want to know the origin of their diamond. They are free of any human or environmental abuse, up to 40% less than an earth mined equivalent and come in grades superior to that of an earth mined diamond. Be sure to look for “laboratory created” or “laboratory grown" and the certification number inscribed on the girdle of each diamond to verify the point of origin.
What is the Diamond Hybrid®?
The Diamond Hybrid® is a diamond simulant, but we refer to it as a “Hybrid” as it is a blend of both simulant and lab-created diamond technologies. Unlike Cubic Zirconia (CZ) or Moissanite, the Diamond Hybrid is infused with an outer layer of real lab-grown diamond to improve beauty and durability (almost twice as hard as a CZ) and achieve the best possible colors and clarity. Diamond simulants are a wonderful option for those looking to enjoy the glitter and glam of diamond-like jewelry without the hefty price tag. Priced at $358 per carat, Diamond Hybrids make it possible to upgrade or change your style without breaking the bank!
Top to bottom: Lab-Grown Diamond, Diamond Hybrid
Left to Right: Lab-Grown Diamond, Diamond Hybrid
*Please note that all images on this post are taken with a magnifying lens. Diamond Hybrids are optically identical to Lab-Grown Diamonds to the naked eye.*
When founder Anna-Mieke Anderson first created MiaDonna in 2005, she soon learned the technology to create lab-grown diamonds in large sizes and fine grades was still in its infancy. As a visionary, Anna-Mieke knew it would not be long before lab-grown diamonds were better in every way than earth-mined diamonds. It was then that she spent the next twelve months researching and speaking with industry experts looking for the next best option. It was through her research that she came across the Diamond Hybrid®, a diamond infused simulant priced at only 4% the cost of an earth-mined diamond. Today, MiaDonna is the leader in the conflict-free diamond industry providing customers with beautiful and affordable lab-grown diamonds, lab-grown gemstones and the Diamond Hybrid®.