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A Whole New Era for Lab Grown Diamonds

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Making one giant leap ahead of its competitors, WD Lab Grown Diamonds Corporation has succeeded in producing bigger and better lab grown diamonds than virtually everyone else thought possible – new, colorless stones in sizes up to 2.2 carats, with production of colorless three-carat stones expected
by early 2015.

“Our production of D and E color diamonds with excellent clarity and exceptional size is introducing a new era for lab grown stones,” said WD Lab Grown Diamonds Founder and Chairman Clive Hill. “We are extremely proud of this, and these stones are so good that retailers and consumers now need to accept lab grown as a legitimate and smart option in diamonds.”

The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent lab for grading diamonds and fine jewelry, certified a typical WD Lab Grown Diamonds D color stone this way:

Shape: Round Brilliant

Carat Weight: 1.85 CT(S)

Color Grade: D

Clarity Grade: VS 2

And IGI’s certifications of two typical WD Lab Grown Diamonds E color diamonds highlighted these attributes:

Shape: Round Brilliant

Carat Weight: 2.03 CT(S)

Color Grade: E

Clarity Grade: VS 2

Shape: Princess

Carat Weight: 2.21 CT(S)

Color Grade: E

Clarity Grade: SI 2

Full IGI analyses of these new colorless diamonds and other WD Lab Grown Diamonds stones are available here. And stay tuned for even bigger and better developments.

WD Lab Grown Diamonds Produces the Industry’s Highest Quality Two Carat-Plus CVD Diamond Yet

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In another major achievement that’s left other industry participants in its wake, WD Lab Grown Diamonds has reached another milestone in its development of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) stones – with a 2.19 carat G color diamond.

The new square modified brilliant diamond’s attributes – as graded by the International Gemological Institute, the world’s largest independent lab for grading diamonds and fine jewelry – are:

Carat Weight: 2.19 CT(S)

Color Grade: G

Clarity Grade: VS 1

Polish: Excellent

Hill, formerly CEO of the United Kingdom jewelry chain Fraser Hart, launched WD Lab Grown Diamonds in 2008 to serve the jewelry and gemstone markets. The firm is also exploring high-tech and industrial applications for its diamond.

Full IGI analyses of the new stone and other WD Lab Grown Diamonds stones are available here.

“Other labs have produced stones of this size, but no one has produced a CVD diamond of this size and quality,” says said WD Lab Grown Diamonds Founder and Chairman Clive Hill. “With this piece, WD Lab Grown Diamonds has crossed another important threshold. We expect to be mass producing two carat round and 2.5 carat princess stones by the end of the year.”

Going Where No Diamond-Producing Lab Has Gone Before: A True Colorless, One-Carat, Lab Grown CVD Diamond

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WD Lab Grown Diamonds has reached yet another crucial milestone – one that should satisfy even the purest diamond purist. We have succeeded in creating the first round, colorless, one-carat lab grown CVD diamond.
IGI diamond report
The new diamond’s attributes – as graded by the International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent lab for grading diamonds and fine jewelry – are:

Carat Weight: 1.02 CT(S)

Color Grade:  F

Clarity Grade: VS 2

Cut Grade: IDEAL

Clive Hill LR Says our Founder & Chairman Clive Hill: “We are very excited about crossing the crucial threshold from near colorless to colorless stones – a feat that no other maker of lab grown diamonds has been able to accomplish. Just as important is the consistency with which we are growing good-sized, good color diamonds in large volumes that are beautifully cut for our distributors. And we continue to improve our stones’ quality and production at a rapid pace.”

Hello IGI, Goodbye AGS

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WD Lab Grown Diamonds has an unwavering commitment to producing the highest quality, most beautifully cut diamonds available anywhere – and to providing indisputable third-party documentation of the quality of each of its diamonds to its distributors and to consumers. To keep that commitment, WD Lab Grown Diamonds recently had to switch diamond grading laboratories, from the American Gem Society (AGS) to the International Gemological Institute (IGI).
IGI diamond report

Left: IGI diamond report

AGS is among the finest diamond grading laboratories, and we were happy to work with them. But AGS felt they didn’t have all of the equipment they needed to evaluate our stones – and since WD Lab Grown Diamonds was their sole lab grown diamond client, AGS was reluctant to make the necessary major investment in equipment to continue our relationship.

Now WD Lab Grown Diamonds are graded by IGI, the world’s largest independent laboratory for grading and evaluating diamonds and fine jewelry. With locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Antwerp, Hong Kong, Mumbai, the Seepz Zone, Kolkata, New Delhi, Surat, Dubai, Bangkok, Tokyo and Tel Aviv, IGI issues more than one million reports per year – all of them available online.
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CVD Diamonds: Advancing Scientific Research With the Carnegie Institution

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Above: Reinhard Boehler, Senior Scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science, talks about the importance of high quality, man-made CVD diamond to advanced scientific research and Carnegie’s partnership with WD Lab Grown Diamonds to produce diamond that meets researchers’ needs.

The research scientists at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science believe that breakthroughs arise when researchers explore beyond accepted limits. Their quest is to find answers to crucial scientific questions – about the formation and evolution of planets, the roles of extreme environments in the origin and evolution of life, how materials’ fundamental chemistries change in extreme conditions, how to extend the limits of materials in extreme environments, how to create new materials for energy and other societal needs.

For the tools they need to expedite that mission, they are enlisting the aid of the WD Lab Grown Diamonds and its CVD technology for growing high quality diamonds in the lab.

Diamond Anvil

Diamond is the perfect tool for several reasons. Its extreme hardness allows researches to place a material sample between two pieces of diamond in a diamond anvil and generate high pressures that rival or exceed the pressures in the Earth’s interior. Because diamond is transparent to lasers, researchers can heat samples to the 5,000-degree-plus temperatures found there. Carnegie Senior Scientist Reinhard Boehler, who is acting as a liaison between Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory and WD Lab Grown Diamonds, says diamond is indispensable for simulating conditions inside the planet.

Above: Diamond Anvil

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What’s in a name? A genuine diamond, no matter how it’s made, will sparkle just as bright.

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Above: WD Lab Grown Diamonds Founder & Chairman Clive Hill sat down recently at WD Lab Grown Diamonds labs outside of Washington, DC to explain how the Chemical Vapor Deposition process works to grow real diamonds in the lab – and why WD Lab Grown Diamonds are so popular with retailers and distributors.

Readers of this blog and visitors to this website know that WD Lab Grown Diamonds creates stunning, high-value, genuine diamonds in the lab. Through a beautiful science known as Carbon Vapor Deposition (CVD), we’re able to grow diamonds in just a few weeks that are identical to stones that took millions of years to form in nature.

So what do you call a diamond that didn’t come out of the ground? The mined diamond industry likes to call stones like ours cultured diamonds or synthetic diamonds – but both terms are greatly misleading.

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Diamond History in the Making – with Two New Industry-Leading Stones

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Above: WD Lab Grown Diamonds Founder & Chairman Clive Hill talks about WD Lab Grown Diamonds history making One-Carat Diamond milestone, its new 1.5-carat creation and the considerable advantages lab-grown diamonds have over their identical mined twins.

Historically, lab-grown diamonds have been colored diamonds – particularly yellow and blue diamonds. Producing more desirable white diamonds in the lab has proven challenging, to say the least. True, some labs have been managing to make some smaller white stones, but that activity has been mostly on the fringes of the lab-grown industry.

Now WD Lab Grown Diamonds has set a new standard for the industry – jumping ahead of its competitors by perfecting a process to produce a clean, white, high-clarity, virtually flawless one-carat diamond in the lab in just a few weeks.

The new stone’s attributes, as evaluated by the American Gem Society (AGS) Laboratories – the highest standard for diamond grading – were: round brilliant diamond, 1.026 ct weight, H color, VVS2 clarity, light performance AGS Ideal 0.

It’s a true milestone. In the lab we’re making a proper diamond. An unknockable diamond. An unignorable diamond. It’s the gold standard of lab-grown diamonds that we’re now producing in volume and delivering to our authorized distributors and dealers. We’re selling them in significant numbers and, most important to us, consumers are enjoying them.

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Q: Why are Candle Flames so Captivating? A: Because they Contain Diamonds…

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Let us explain.

In previous years the connection between diamonds and candles has always been a bit fanciful.

In one of his lectures on “The Chemical History of a Candle”, the famous 19th Century scientist Michael Faraday once poetically compared a candle’s light to that of a diamond:

“You have the glittering beauty of gold and silver, and the still higher lustre of jewels, like the ruby and diamond; but none of these rival the brilliancy and beauty of flame. What diamond can shine like flame?”

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NBC Learn’s “Science of Innovation” Series: WD Lab Grown Diamonds makes it onto the big screen!

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WD Lab Grown Diamonds stands at the forefront of a fantastic new technology, but being here every day its easy to forget how exciting the work we do is!

cvd_diamondSo it was great to have a reminder of how far we’ve come, when our CTO and head of WD Lab Grown Diamonds operations Yarden Tsach spoke at the presentation of NBC Learn’s new video series: “Science of Innovation” on Monday.

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The Secret Siberian Diamond Crater

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Russian secret revealed: Siberian meteorite crash-site harbours trillions of diamonds…

popigai-crater-satellite-image-lgNo it’s not the start to the next James Bond movie; it’s actually true.

Last September the Novosibirsk Institute of Geology and Mineralogy announced that a meteorite crash-site crater known as Popigai Astroblem in Siberia was in fact home to trillions of carats of diamonds that could revolutionize the industry.

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