Learning About Man-Made Diamonds

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Learning About Man-Made Diamonds

If you’re looking to buy diamonds for any occasion, be it an engagement or any other reason, AAA Jewelers is your one-stop shop in Salt Lake City. We have a wide variety of diamond options at our family-owned and operated business, and we can help you find that perfect fit.

Not all diamonds come from the same place, and many aren’t aware that not all diamonds are even “mined” in the traditional sense. Man-made diamonds, or synthetic diamonds, can still convey the same beauty and amazing characteristics as a mined diamond. Let’s look at the basics on man-made diamonds.

The History

Looking back in history, man-made diamonds have been in existence for well over half a century. The synthetic diamond process began back in the 50s using a process called the “diamond press,” but at the time this was solely for industrial purposes.

As the industry developed, there became two modern techniques for producing synthetic diamonds:

  • Chemical Vapor Deposition: Used to create diamonds for industrial purposes only
  • High-Pressure High Temperature: Used to produce commercial synthetic diamonds


The most basic difference between mined and synthetic diamonds is the way they were created. While a mined diamond is created over many years by nature, a man-made diamond is grown in a controlled environment.

When it comes to physical and optical properties, however, the two are very similar. Man-made diamonds look almost exactly like mined diamonds, and actually have more customizable qualities due to the additional ways they can be manipulated in shape, size, and cut.

It’s All About Preference

That’s not to say there aren’t any issues with synthetic diamonds. There have been some concerns in the industry with jewelers mixing synthetic diamonds with natural stones, which dilutes the true product in some peoples’ opinion.

For more on the different types of diamonds available to you, or to find out about any of our custom jewelry options, speak to the pros at AAA Jewelers today.