A diamond is deemed to play an important part in and celebrating love, what with its interminable beauty signifying forever.
Prized and pricey, however, not everyone could really afford this delicate stone to express love—that is until gemmologists learned to culture diamonds in a laboratory, bringing the cost of this engagement ring must-have at least 30 percent down.
At one Bulong Pulungan at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, a group named International Grown Diamond Association promoted the lab-grown diamond sector, while educating attendees on the attributes of this “created gem.”
Cultured diamonds are sold in the Philippines by Golcondia Jewelry Company, an active member of the aforementioned global organization. Deriving its name from the mining region in India known for its perfectly pure diamonds discovered 3,000 years ago, the company is also the first retailer of cultured diamonds in the world.
“Our vision is to echo the heritage of the place where the best diamonds are born,” company CEO Tomy Florencio said.
Real as can be
He went on to correct the notion that cultured diamonds are synthetic gems. “By all measure, these are real diamonds,” he declared. Cultured diamonds possess the same chemical, optical, and physical properties as diamonds mined from the Earth.”
To educate their patrons, Florencio uses the analogy of a flower in a greenhouse, which are replicated in different conditions but achieve the same result.
“We don’t make the flowers but we make the greenhouse to replicate the environment where a flower can grow; it’s the same with these diamonds. What we replicate is the environment to be the same as nature,” Florencio explained.
In a controlled environment, cultured diamonds are produced by combining High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) processes, which effectively grow rough diamonds from a diamond seed.
Despite its lower price tag, Florencio clarified that cultured diamonds can only be sold as such simply because they use lesser manpower and energy consumption compared with diamond extractors.
Aware that the acceptance of cultured diamonds may take time, Florencio believes that with people around the world becoming more socially and environmentally conscious, these precious stones will eventually become the diamond of choice.
“Diamonds never change at all—even cultured diamonds—the reason why it has become a symbol of immortality or pure, undying love,” he concluded.