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Earth Mined vs Lab Created

Lab-created and earth-mined diamonds offer distinct benefits, aligning with different values. At Agapé Jewellers, we respect your values and preferences, so we provide both options. Our goal is to educate and assist you in choosing the diamond that best suits your personal ethos and requirements.


The main distinguishing factor between lab created and earth mined diamonds is their origin.

Natural diamonds are formed over billions of years under extreme heat and pressure deep within the Earth's mantle. making each one rare and unique testament to nature's processes.

Lab-created diamonds, on the other hand, are born from modern technology that replicates these natural conditions, offering a more sustainable choice without compromising beauty or quality.


Lab-created and earth-mined diamonds are identical in appearance and are physically, chemically, and optically the same; making them virtually indistinguishable to the naked eye. Only through specialized testing can experts identify subtle trace elements that distinguish one from the other.

Both are graded by the same standards, including the 4Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The main differences lie in their origin

One of the stones below is Earth Mined and the other is Lab Created. Can you tell which is which?



Conflict Free

We ensure that all our diamonds, both lab-created and natural, are conflict free. For our natural diamonds, we exclusively partner with suppliers who are certified participants of the Kimberley Process, ensuring that each diamond is ethically sourced and free from conflict zones. This commitment allows us to offer you peace of mind, knowing that our beautiful diamonds are not only stunning but also ethically and responsibly sourced.


Natural Diamonds and Lab-created diamonds offer different price point options. The profound allure of natural diamonds extends beyond their sparkling beauty to encompass their ancient heritage, formed over billions of years beneath the earth's surface. This deep-time creation, coupled with the considerable labour, time, and resources required to unearth them, positions natural diamonds in a realm of unparalleled rarity and value. Lab-created diamonds on the otherhand are produced in a controlled laboratory environment over a number of weeks which allows customer to enjoy the beauty and durability of diamonds at a more accessible price point.

- Key Differences -

Earth Mined Diamond

  • Formed deep in the earth under extreme pressure and heat
  • Takes over one million years to form
  • Made from 100% carbon
  • Graded with the 4C's

Lab Created Diamond

  • Lab created diamonds are formed in a laboratory using extreme pressure and heat
  • Take a number of weeks to form
  • Made from 100% carbon
  • Graded with the 4C's


Ultimately, the distinction between lab-created and natural diamonds boils down to their origins. Both are composed of the same material, exhibiting identical physical, chemical, and optical properties, along with comparable brilliance, fire, and scintillation.

The choice between these two beautiful options rests entirely with you, aligning with your personal values and preferences.