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What are artificial diamonds? Are they just as good?

So what you think if your man proposed with a beautiful diamond engagement ring that contained a man-made artificial diamond?

Chemically, it would still be the real deal - identical to a mined diamond, but instead of being mined and found naturally, it had been created in a laboratory. You wouldn't be able to tell the difference, and cruciually, as they're much cheaper than real diamonds, so you'd get a much bigger gem for your money!! Bring on the bling!

The introduction of large, feasible diamonds grown artificially has set off much debate about the advantages and disadvantages with these new gems. In a sense "artificial" diamond is somewhat of a misnomer, these aren't fake diamonds or simple lookalikes like cubic zirconia, glass, or quartz. Rather they are "cultured", grown, laboratory, or man-made diamonds, similar to the words used for pearls. At a chemical make up level, there are no appreciable differences between the dazzling gems that we know and love and that emerge from the ground and those that emerge from a vacuum chamber in terms of cut, clarity, or color.

If even certified geologists have trouble distinguishing mined diamonds from their manufactured counterparts, then I don't think we should have a problem with wearing them in our engagement rings. It might not be as traditional, but anything that looks just as fabulous and yet costs less is a winner in my book, and my cheque book.

My Hollywood history lesson from Leo Di Caprio's "Blood Diamond" also teaches me that men and women around the world are still dying for the sake of the diamond trade - and so could mined, artificial diamonds actually offer a humanitarian alternative to the traditional engagement token?

Article posted: 2009-03-27 15:51:08