All about natural and laboratory diamond.
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Diamond. Its name comes from the Greek word “adamas”, which means invincible. This is a well-deserved meaning, since the hardness of this stone is different from that of the rest and that is why it is possible to carve the rough diamond and create very sophisticated models of great beauty. The diamond belongs to the precious stones category.
They stand out because they are extremely resistant. Another main characteristic is the intense brightness it possesses, which allows it to be immediately recognized. The visual impact it creates is the reason why it is considered “the king of the gems”.
A wide range of colors can be found(black, blue, pink, yellow, among others), being some of them extraordinarily uncommon. Due to the great conflicts generated by the dispute of the precious stones, especially in Africa, millions of people have started to inform themselves about the origin of the diamond they wish to buy. It is in this context related to awareness that lab-grown eco-friendly diamonds have emerged, which are produced in a responsible manner, respecting the environment and being free of conflicts.
In David Locco, we have a laboratory dedicated to the manufacturing of eco-friendly precious stones with remarkable scientists and the currently most innovative techniques, with a wide and diverse stock, and reaching an optimal quality-price relationship.We do all of this to guarantee our clients a safe and reliable purchase.
For some time now, we work on Spain’s cradle of the jewelry industry, with one of the fastest growing workshops of the last years. To comprehend the current rise of these lab-produced diamonds and to understand this paradigm shift, it is necessary to learn about the natural formation of diamonds and the history of their trade.
2.800 years ago, the Mongols in India discovered great amounts of diamonds in their territory, thus, becoming extremely rich and powerful. Trade began to grow and develop with the introduction of these precious stones to Europe in the XV century, and the royalty and wealthier families quickly adopted them. Up until the XVIII century, India was the only known source of this type of precious stones.
By then, people believed they could only be found on the legendary mines of Golconda. The dominance in the trade of diamonds by India started to fall at the end of the XVIII century, when a great amount of mines filled with these gems was discovered in Brasil. This Latin American country was the main supplier of these precious stones for over 150 years, a time when the market was important, but not as massive yet. Up to the middle of the year 1.800, these stones were a rarity and could only be seen in the hands of the royalty. Everything changed starting the XX century, when mines in Africa appeared and transformed this continent in the largest exporter of these luxurious stones.
This discovery caused this territory to become a source of fights and disputes, which still continue to this day. Diamonds had a protagonist role in the wars that were generated in this part of the world, since they were the most common way for rebels in Angola, SierraLeone and The Democratic Republic of Congo to purchase weapons. All these conflicts in Africa regarding how the stones are obtained and the role of the most important companies, is neatly detailed in the movie “BloodDiamond”, directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and premiered in 2006.
Although the disputes over diamonds originated many years ago, there is no doubt that, in the last decades, the awareness about the origin and commercialization system of these precious stones has expanded all over the world. This is why, currently, it is possible to acquire eco-friendly created diamonds, free of blood and conflicts, and greatly respectful to the environment.
The organic process for the formation of diamonds requires 4ingredients: carbon, pressure, heat and time. It is estimated that these stones appeared 1 to 3 billion years ago, in the depths of theEarth (160 kilometres under the earth’s mantle), at a temperature of at least 400°C.
Diamonds are an allotrope of carbon, which means they are one of the multiple forms that this element can take. Technically, we could say that these stones are extremely compressed pieces of carbon. These precious stones originated in the depths of the Earth, through kimberlite pipes, an igneous rock that formed the base of some of the most powerful volcanoes in the world.
When these volcanoes began erupting, millions of years ago, they brought to the Earth’s surface kimberlites and diamonds. Lastly, many think that these precious stones appear in the mines just as they are in jewelry stores. The reality is that this is not the case. Once they are extracted from the earth, the stones are exfoliated, carved and polished to transform them in the brilliant and appealing diamonds we all know. All this process takes a long time and effort. Besides, the workers in the mines are exposed to very dangerous conditions.
Diamonds are a symbol of luxury, practically since they arrived in Europe in the XV century from India. On one side, a great desire of collecting between royalty and the wealthy class arose, while they also became a key accessory when proposing marriage. On this last point, the first marriage proposal was done by the archduke Maximilian of Austria, when in 1477 he offered this stone to Mary of Burgundy.
This action was replicated all over Europe and that’s how the diamond became an object of desire. Because of this marriage proposal, added to its extremely resistant characteristics, the diamond is considered a symbol of the triumph of love. There are multiple reasons this precious stone continues to be a flagship of luxury and sophistication, desired by millions of people all over the world. Precisely, the wedding ring, is the most common way in which we know this stone.When couples marry they still choose the diamond as the ideal jewelry to gift in such an important moment as marriage.
However, it’s also a stone with the capacity to adapt to new trends. Its amazing versatility, reflected in its variety of cuts and colors, is a feature significantly valued by its purchasers. Also, the big amount of stories that have been told about these fabulous rocks increases the interest to acquire them.
On this point, the most representative work about this type of jewels is Breakfastat Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s most renowned novel, one of the best of the XX century. On the other hand, the use that celebrities give to the diamond, have made it an object of desire for millions of people all over the world. In each prestigious awards ceremony, for example, we see how famous people give a special and eye-catching touch to their look, with the use of this precious stone: a symbol of distinction and glamour.
In the last decades, natural diamonds have entered a deep crisis due to many factors.
Firstly, more and more people become aware about climate change and how hard it is to imagine a sustainable future if certain practices don’t change. One of them is strip mining, one of the main methods in which natural diamonds are obtained. The overexploitation of these sectors is generating devastating effects for the environment.
Among the main issues that this practice creates, we can find the craters that ruin the flora and fauna, the excessive use of a natural resource that begins to run out, as is water, and the loss of important lands, that could be used to promote the farming of plants and vegetables.
Another factor that strongly influences the purchase of natural diamonds, is the working conditions of those that extract the stones. Especially in third world countries, complaints about the poor conditions in which mining develops to find diverse precious stones, grow exponentially. These bad conditions have made the health of many mining workers to be extremely compromised. For this reason, strikes increase constantly.
On the other hand, civil wars that in the past unleashed in Africa, due to the diamonds extraction for the purchase of weapons, is something that still lies in the thoughts of millions of people. These civil conflicts have been long and, especially, bloody, with many deaths and extremely militarized societies, such as in Sierra Leone.
Even though, fortunately, these battles are not that common anymore and systems have been put in place to guarantee the responsible extraction of these stones by traditional diamonds extraction and distribution companies, concerns are still generated by shoppers, precisely because of the origins of the precious stones. The eco-friendly diamonds created in a laboratory vanish all these concerns and discomfort that are generated by the questionable origin of a stone, which aims to be a symbol of eternal love and wellbeing.
Once the eco-friendly diamond is created, the precious stone is taken to Antwerp to be carved and converted into a gem. Special techniques are used to provide the rock the desired shape. Once carved, the International GemologicalInstitute – IGI – certifies the piece as a diamond. Finally yet importantly, the demand for jewels continues to rise a 4% in the last years, meaning that people have not stopped purchasing jewels with precious stones.
For all the above, the sales of eco-friendly stones grows exponentially, a trend that will surely continue growing.
Basically, it’s a lab-farmed diamond.
The combination of science and technology has allowed man to develop a sophisticated process, in which the climatological conditions where natural stones grow, are replicated. To this effect, there’s no doubt that the eco-friendly created diamonds of the David Locco brand, achieve the highest color quality and clarity.
The result is a precious stone 100% free of conflicts, which manufacturing does not represent harm to the environment. A not minor aspect is that all the stones of the company, are certified by the International Gemological Institute – IGI.
David Locco became, this way, the first company in the world with certified lab-produced diamonds. The Spanish jewelry firm, with collections for men and women, is a pioneer in Europe in the use of these mechanisms for the creation of jewels and accessories with majestic diamonds.
Ultimately, by acquiring the David Locco diamond jewels, you will not harm the environment, nor cause any conflict that other big companies may create by exploiting the mining industry to obtain the stones for their profit. With our laboratory and our Spanish jewelry workshop, each one of the jewels that we market are resistant, luxurious and respectful to the environment.
The main difference between both types of stones is the time they take to form. A natural diamond takes millions of years to be created. Natural stones can be found in the depths of the Earth, in the kimberlite pipes, in hard-access volcanic walls and in mines.
The whole extraction process is extremely hard, since it consists of a great human and technological sacrifice. Once they are extracted, the process moves to exfoliating the stones, carve them and polish them to transform them into the brightest and most appealing diamonds we all know.
Furthermore, the practices performed in this process and being criticized for two aspects. In first place, the harm that strip mining generates to the environment. And, in second place, the working conditions of the miners.
The eco-friendly created diamond, is easier to process, so long as the production is made in a laboratory that has the latest technology and remarkable professionals. The main advantage of these stones is that the exact size required can be given to them, apart from them being free of impurities and other contaminants.
Additionally, as we stated before, the stones produced in a laboratory don’t harm the environment and they are conflict free.
Finally, this type of diamond has the same physical and chemical properties in addition to the same color variety, that we can find in a natural diamond. In conclusion, by buying a green diamond, you will obtain a gem with the same properties as traditional natural stones with the advantage of being a lab-grown diamond.
Surely, you may ask yourself, how is it possible to replicate nature’s conditions so that the eco-friendly created diamond develops with the same properties?
The process to produce the stone in laboratories, starts with a small diamond seed (which is nothing but pure carbon), which is subjected to a plasma reactor, to more than 6.000 degreesFahrenheit, guaranteeing an identical development of the natural stone.
After about 600 hours, the rough diamond grows and crystalizes, until it’s big enough to be carved and polished. It’s important to mention that during all the time that the stone develops in the reactor, absolutely no additive is added. It’s simply left to grow and crystalize.
Once the stone is created, they are carved in Antwerp and they move through the International Gemological Institute – IGI – to be certified. These already certified diamonds will be imbedded in handcrafted pieces of jewelry in the workshops of David Locco. All the diamonds we market, regardless of their size, are certified by the International Gemological Institute – IGI.
When purchasing a diamond, it’s necessary to know its characteristics, in order to get to the ideal stone. The client will have better accuracy and confidence in the purchase, when he possesses all pertinent information about each important aspect of the rock.
Although we stated that the laboratory produced diamond has the same properties as the natural, we must deeply understand each one of them.
Without a doubt one of the most important aspects of diamonds is the great variety of colors we can find in the market. The color of the jewel we will wear is truly essential, especially in those special events where we want to match our look to perfection. There are white and colorless stones in a very diverse range of tonalities, going from bright white to pale yellow. These differences are classified in a color scale from D (colorless) to Z (pale yellow).
For this reason, we can acquire blue, green, pink, orange or red pretty diamonds, among other colors, without any trouble. This whole variety of colors is perfectly represented in our laboratory stock, meaning you will not find it hard to buy the jewel of the color you desire.
Natural diamonds are created with a lot of heat and pressure, thus, arising from deep in the earth. This means that all the stones have internal inclusions and superficial stains. The rocks with the least inclusions and stains are considered to have a higher clarity (represented with the letters FL), while those that include these characteristics in their composition are the darker ones (represented with the letter I).
Ultimately, when speaking of the clarity of the diamond, we refer to the purity and homogeneity of the stone. Regarding the generation of sustainable created diamonds, because they are not in the depths of the Earth, it’s quite easier to provide it with the desired neatness.
The weight of the diamond is referenced here. In this point, it’s important to clarify that we are not talking about the size of the stone. The weight can vary depending on the different shapes that the stone can have (round, oval-shaped, marquise and others). To guarantee a complete accuracy, exact measures are taken to the lasthundredth.
One of the main characteristics of a diamond is its cut. In this sense, this refers to the way that the facets of these precious stones interact with light, a property that defines, in large quantity, the beauty of the stone. This aspect is completely related to the handwork of the professional, since the way of carving the diamond will define its quality and level of brightness. In the whole procedure, there are 3 defining factors:
Proportion → The relationship between the angles and size with the different parts of the rock.
Symmetry → How precisely the distinct facets of the diamond align and cross.
Polish → The details and the position of the shapes of the facets, as well as the internal finish.
The advancement of technology gave rise to new techniques to carve, polish and exalt the shapes of the diamonds. For this reason, currently, there’s a big variety of structures for people to purchase the stone they want without much trouble. In first place, one of the most requested and popular is the diamond known as brilliant cut.
Its shape is round and it’s a diamond that contributes much to refinement. The brilliant cut is perfect for a ring. This cut is inspired by a pinpoint accuracy to provide a great deal of light, which, at the same time, provides a more highlighted brightness. Due to this, it offers a very delicate style, especially in women that wear this precious stone on their hands. It can be used in a solitary fashion as a unique piece or with more imbedded points, as the marvelous wedding rings filled with tiny brilliant-cut diamonds, a symbol of discretion and finesse.
As the wedding ring is the main form in which these stones are used in jewelry design, there’s no doubt that the brilliant cut is one of the most preferred choices. Brilliant-cut diamonds are also perfect to imbed in simple and minimalistic earrings, jewels capable of transcending generations as a timeless classic of the highest trends.
Princess-cut diamonds are those that show a strong, sober and solid look. Their shape is squared and they possess 76 facets, through which a large amount of intense brightness shines. Among the main figures of the precious stones we can also find the cushion, which is peculiar due to having long facets ending in round edges.
One of the most acquired ones in the last years is the heart shaped stone because of the tenderness it brings to its bearer. It’s ideal for big and medium sizes, since the technique can be applied with plenty of accuracy.
Finally, a perfect diamond to use as a necklace is the one known as pear or teardrop. Its shape is highlighted by its brightness and shape, which delivers a truly special touch to the person wearing it.
Regardless of the diamond shape you choose, there’s no doubt that you will get a special touch every time you carry a jewel with one of them.
Acquiring a green sustainable diamond is, definitely, the best choice when thinking about using or gifting a quality jewel. Firstly, because these lab-made stones are identical to natural ones, hence, they share the same beauty and physical, chemical and optical properties.
Science has been able to replicate and improve the nature given conditions to produce the same diamond, but reducing the time and, especially, through non-harmful means to the environment.
On this last point, in a critical moment for the planet, as the one we are living in, each decision that benefits nature is essential. For this reason, buying a sustainable diamond is a great choice to help minimize the environmental damage.
Besides, the making of these precious stones is much more responsible than that of natural ones, because the truly complex extraction techniques of strip mining are not needed. In addition, by being extremely innovative methods, it’s completely possible to give to the jewel the ideal shape and design that the customer wants. Scientists use very sophisticated procedures, which makes them able to create diamonds of all sizes in a small fraction of the time.
Lastly, a quite important aspect of the precious stones, is the possibility to obtain diamonds in multiple colors, meaning that you won’t have any problems in buying the rock in the color you wish for you or for the gift you want to give to that special someone.
Our process to make the rock in laboratories starts with a diamond seed, which is subjected to a plasma reactor at more than 6.000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is what guarantees an identical development to the one of the natural stone.
After approximately 600 hours, the rough diamond grows and crystalizes, until it’s big enough to be carved and polished. It’s important to mention that during the whole time that the stone develops in the reactor, nothing extra will be added. We only let it grow and crystalize. The release of plasma is made in a resonant cavity of microwaves and is responsible for creating the key species for the growth of the diamonds (H atoms and radicals that contain C).
These plasmas, consisting of electrons, ions and electrically excited species, are the ones that give the diamond its eye-catching colors. In our wide stock of precious stones, we contemplate the main shapes that can be given currently to these laboratory diamonds, which is why you will be able to buy the jewel you’re looking for with the diamond you desire. On this point, there’s no doubt that the diamond is very much used in the making of engagement rings and wedding rings.
That’s why our company is an expert on this field, with more than interesting designs so you can surprise your special one with a dazzling diamond imbedded engagement ring or even a wedding ring with many diamonds as a symbol of your eternal love.
We also have in place a wide range of jewels, especially designed to include diamonds and create precious necklaces of brilliant-cut diamonds, wristbands with embedded diamonds, original engraved bracelets with embedded diamonds, “must have”diamond earrings, and other perfect accessories for when you’re thinking about making a beautiful gift that represents the eternity of a sentiment.
Moreover, we love innovating and that’s why we also offer exclusive collections of original and unconventional pieces handcrafted in our jewelry workshop. It involves unique pieces, completely handmade, that make them an authentic work of art from the national gold work. These jewels, which include colorful and colorless diamonds, depending on the artist’s choice, are numbered pieces of limited edition. These exclusive collections flirt with fashion and art. They all guarantee the exclusiveness of owning a unique and unrepeatable piece that you can preserve forever.
With an ever-growing knowledge about how dangerous and harmful to the environment, strip mining procedures are, each time more people choose to buy sustainable diamonds. There’s no denying that the over exploitation of these sectors is generating truly negative effects for the environment. Because of this, in such a critical time for our planet, every action that benefits nature is pretty important for its recovery.
This is the reason why buying an EDiamond is, definitely, a great choice to stop incentivizing the destruction of our home planet. The stones farmed in our laboratory are absolutely identical to the precious mining stones(except for their origin, of course). Consequently, we are your best option to purchase the eco-friendly diamond you wish for, whether it’s for personal use or to make a memorable gift to someone really special.
Moreover, one greatly important aspect is the procedure we use to achieve the colors and shapes of our created diamonds, which currently makes a difference. We definitely have everything to make the client, in his decision to purchase such a beautiful product, feel he is also making a safe and responsible acquisition accompanied by a nice story.
From the legal stand point, we offer our clients all the necessary and essential information that such an important purchase comprises. We know to perfection the history of the diamond and all the problems it generated in the past (and which, to this day, it still creates). Therefore, the client needs to make a comfortable and secure transaction, without having to worry about any factor. We remind you that in our workshop, we elaborate all our jewels with eco-friendly created diamonds that have been certified by the International Gemological Institute – IGI.
This is a major aspect, since this document represents a comprehensive study of each one of the jewels done by many experts. This analysis includes the main properties of the stone, such as its clarity, proportions, finish and the shape of the cut, among others. In turn, all the pieces we create and sell, have their respective certificate of guarantee, where all the materials used in the production are listed. In essence, we provide all the required guarantees and the gemological certificates, so that non of our clients is left with any doubt about the purchase of our jewels with EDiamonds.
The main benefit of buying in our store, is that we guarantee the authenticity of all our jewels with diamonds. We offer a great variety of products in our collections, from creations based on absolute simplicity, to more sophisticated high jewelry pieces to help you express that feeling you wish the jewel with diamonds communicates. We are certain that in David Locco you will find the jewel with the structure and the design you so much desire. We don’t stop working on new collections and pieces, so that every season the palette of possibilities to choose from increases.
One cannot forget that lab grown stones don’t contaminate the environment and they are free of conflicts. In addition, of course, we are no exception. A small gesture can mean the world. The very sophisticated procedures here used, together with the wide range of possibilities that current technology offers, allows us to create diamonds of all types of cuts and in no time. Seize the opportunity of our broad stock, with a variety of colors and shapes, resistant jewels and, especially, the best quality-price relationship you can find.
Don’t hesitate to enter our online store, have a look at the variety of our catalogue and acquire the jewel with the diamond you desire for you or for that special loved one.Without a doubt, it will be the best present. Finally, if you have any questions about our processes, as well as about the jewels or precious stones we market, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will immediately solve any concern you may have. Thank you!
The diamond is a highly sophisticated stone, but it also has an extreme hardness. Therefore, it only requires basic caring so that it doesn’t deteriorate nor break. Avoid using your jewels when doing tasks that involve corrosive products or that may put them at risk of rubbing or hitting other objects that can damage them. It’s also important that the diamond doesn’t come into contact with cosmetics, gels or oils.
This may affect it and cause that certain substances adhere to its surface, which would imply a deep cleaning afterwards. Finally, it would be ideal to store your jewel with its precious stone in its respective box, appropriately covering it to avoid any bumps with other pieces that could scratch it. Keep in mind that if the stains or the damage to the stone is too great, you can count on our professionals, who will surely know how to remove them and make it shine again, as if it were brand new.
In our laboratory, we create eco-friendly diamonds that are certified by the International Gemological Institute. This is, without a doubt, a remarkable aspect, because this certification implies a comprehensive study of the gem once it’s been carved by experts. This analysis comprises, in its written and graphical form, the main properties of the stone, such as its clarity, proportions, symmetry, finish and shape of the cut, among others.
Furthermore, our firm offers all our clients all the required guarantees so they can have a safe purchase with absolute trust. It’s because of this, that all pieces we produce and sell have a certificate of guarantee, where all materials that were used in the making of the jewel (gold, silver and others) are explicitly listed. Additionally, the cut and weight in carats of the diamond, or diamonds, imbedded in the jewel are also informed.
Unfortunately, we are perfectly aware that diamond imitations are always present and that each day they are more common. That’s why we offer all the guarantees and we place at the client’s disposal the gemological certificates, so they can have absolute tranquillity when buying one of our jewels with eco-friendly created diamonds.