The Pros and Cons of Lab-Grown vs. Natural Diamonds

The Pros and Cons of Lab-Grown vs. Natural Diamonds: A Comprehensive Guide

Diamonds are timeless symbols of luxury, elegance, and love. When it comes to choosing the perfect diamond, whether for an engagement ring, a gift, or a personal piece of jewellery, buyers are often faced with the decision between lab-grown and natural diamonds. H&S Jewellers offers both types, and understanding the pros and cons of each can help you make an informed choice.

Lab-Grown Diamonds


  1. Ethical and Sustainable:

    • Lab-grown diamonds are created in controlled environments, significantly reducing the environmental impact associated with traditional diamond mining. They avoid issues such as land degradation, water pollution, and harmful working conditions often linked to mining operations​ 
  2. Cost-Effective:

    • Typically, lab-grown diamonds cost 20-40% less than their natural counterparts. This makes them an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers looking for high-quality diamonds without the hefty price tag​ 
  3. Quality Control:

    • The production process for lab-grown diamonds allows for precise control over the stone's characteristics. This often results in fewer inclusions and a higher overall quality for the same price as a lower-quality natural diamond​ 
  4. Customizable:

    • Lab-grown diamonds can be engineered to specific size, colour, and clarity specifications, offering greater flexibility for custom jewellery designs​ 


  1. Resale Value:

    • Lab-grown diamonds generally have lower resale values compared to natural diamonds. As the market for lab-grown diamonds continues to grow, their resale value will continue to decrease over time​ 
  2. Perceived Value:

    • Despite their physical and chemical similarities to natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are often perceived as less prestigious. This perception can affect their desirability, especially for traditional or sentimental purchases like engagement rings
  3. Historical and Emotional Value:

    • Lab-grown diamonds lack the geological history and unique formation process of natural diamonds, which some buyers find emotionally significant​ 

Natural Diamonds


  1. Unique and Rare:

    • Each natural diamond is unique, formed over billions of years under specific conditions. This rarity and natural beauty often add to their sentimental value​ 
  2. Long-Term Value:

    • Natural diamonds often retain or even appreciate in value over time, making them a potentially good investment​ 
  3. Aesthetic Appeal:

    • Natural diamonds are celebrated for their unmatched brilliance and fire. Their natural formation process results in unique inclusions and characteristics that many find appealing​ 
  4. Durability:

    • Natural diamonds are incredibly durable and have stood the test of time, earning their place as the hardest natural substance on earth​ 


  1. Environmental Impact:

    • Diamond mining can have significant environmental impacts, including deforestation, habitat destruction, and carbon emissions. Ethical concerns related to mining practices are also a factor for many consumers​ 
  2. Higher Cost:

    • Natural diamonds are generally more expensive due to the costs associated with mining, cutting, and distributing them​
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  3. Ethical Concerns:

    • The diamond mining industry has faced scrutiny over issues such as conflict diamonds and unethical labour practices. While many companies adhere to strict regulations, the history of the industry can still be a concern for some buyers​​.

Making Your Decision

When choosing between lab-grown and natural diamonds, consider what factors are most important to you. If ethical sourcing, environmental sustainability, and cost are top priorities, lab-grown diamonds offer significant advantages. On the other hand, if you value rarity, potential investment value, and the unique characteristics of natural diamonds, then a natural diamond might be the better choice.

At this stage, H&S Jewellers, generally speaking only have natural diamonds in store. When we do a custom make for you, we source a lab grown or natural diamond for you, depending on your preference. Visit our store in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, or shop online at H&S Jewellers to explore our exquisite collection.

By understanding the pros and cons of each type of diamond, you can make an informed decision and find the perfect gem that aligns with your values and desires.