An Easy Guide To Eco Lab Grown Gems

By now, you have probably heard the term lab-grown jewellery or lab-grown diamonds floating around. You might even be familiar with lab-grown gems or completely clueless but look no further, as we have the lab-grown jewellery experts at Lily Arkwright here to give an easy run through on where to start with lab-grown diamonds, moissanite and Chatham®coloured gemstones.

At Lily Arkwright they understand the importance of ethical and environmental responsibility within the jewellery industry. That’s why they have a social and ethical promise to provide amazing lab sourced replacements for mined diamonds.

The lab growing process ensures the highest quality gemstone for your engagement ring with peace of mind knowing no community has been harmed, significantly lower carbon footprint and budget-friendly!

Lillie Moissanite Engagement Ring
Lillie Moissanite Engagement Ring

What is A Moissanite Engagement Ring?

Moissanite engagement rings could be considered as one of the best diamond alternatives. Moissanite should always be considered as its own unique gemstone with original chemical and optical properties that originate from meteorites.

Exceptionally rare in nature, chemists discovered an innovative method to grow this beautiful gemstone in a lab thus allowing us to commonly use moissanites for engagement rings and fine jewellery. So what are the benefits of opting for a moissanite engagement ring? 

With a high refractive index, moissanites have an extraordinary brilliance, fire and sparkle that is only distinctive to them.

Moissanite scores second of all gemstones in terms of hardness, only slightly lower than diamonds at 9.25 on the Mohs scale, making them super durable and a spectacular choice for engagement rings designed to be worn everyday.

Affordability is another huge benefit to opting for a moissanite centre stone as they cost up to 90% less than a mined diamond! Meaning you could save a huge amount of money. Or even better, choose a bigger or higher quality stone for your budget. 

So, there’s no need to break the bank when it comes to shopping for ethical and sustainable engagement rings!

Are Lab Diamonds Really Real?

Lab diamonds are 100% REAL diamonds, sharing the same optical and physical properties as naturally mined diamonds. The only difference there is when it comes to lab-grown diamonds are the origins, oh and did we mention they cost up to 50% less!

A man made diamond is “grown” under controlled conditions in a laboratory, using advanced technology that replicates the natural growing process of a mined diamond.

Grace Moissanite Engagement Ring
Grace Moissanite Engagement Ring

Viola Lab Diamond engagement ring

Every lab diamond ring from Lily Arkwright is fully certified and accompanied by an industry standard GIA, IGI or GCAL grading report, including the cut, colour, clarity and carat weight specifications.

Another major benefit of choosing a lab grown diamond is the ethical and sustainable credentials, which is one of the primary reasons for its increased popularity.

Unlike traditional mined diamonds, lab grown jewellery has a significantly smaller carbon footprint as it can take in excess 80 tonnes of earth to locate a 1.00ct mined diamond, completely eliminating all ethical and environmental implications that are often involved in mining practices.

Many would argue that the traceability and transparency when purchasing a lab-grown diamond is a major reason why some are choosing to buy them.

Rising Popularity of Lab Grown Diamonds

As there is a huge chain of people and processes involved in traditional mining methods, there can be a real issue when it comes to knowing the exact origins of naturally mined diamonds. However, opting for a lab-grown gem gives you complete peace of mind knowing no person, environment or community have been harmed in the production process. 

The rising popularity of lab grown diamonds is not only amongst the general population but also has many celebrity endorsers. Environmentalist and celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio came out as an investor in the diamond foundry, whilst diamonds grown in a lab were only just beginning to be made widely accessible.

Other celebrity supporters include Meghan Markle to Emma Watson, lots of celebrities have begun to appreciate the benefits that lab grown diamonds can offer.

Finally, lab grown diamonds are an amazing option for those who still want the classic and characteristic sparkle of a diamond ring. The advantages are huge, and the price difference alone should make it a definite consideration if you’re planning a 2022 proposal!

Multiple Lab-Grown Chatham gemstone engagement rings
Multiple Lab-Grown Chatham gemstone engagement rings

Lab-Grown coloured gemstones 

For those of you who are seeking a pop of colour or something unique, lab-grown coloured gemstones are a perfect choice! Diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires are all considered as precious gemstones, meaning that these precious gems are generally perceived as very desirable due to the intricacies and remote origins of these gems.

However, at Lily Arkwright they are proud to offer precious gemstones as part of the Chatham lab grown gemstone collection.

So no matter what your heart desires, whether you are looking for something ultra feminine, a ring with a special meaning, or something a little bit unique, opting for a coloured gemstone can give your special ring a personal twist!


All of Lily Arkwright’s coloured gemstones are produced by Chatham, a company founded over 75 years ago who today are the world’s experts and leaders of high-quality laboratory-grown gems.

An attractive quality of opting for a lab-grown gemstone is that Chatham offers many unique and distinguishing shapes and cuts. This is due to Chatham’s strict standards for faceting, polishing and proportions that ensure that all gems have the greatest brilliance, clarity and vibrant colour, whilst being ethically produced!

If the above has piqued your interest why not take a look at the Lily Arkwright’s lab grown ethical and eco-friendly engagement ring collection.


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