We make buying diamonds easy.
At McCoy Jewelers, we educate you about the different types of diamonds that are available to you. Whether you want a mined or lab grown diamond, our experts are trained to answer all of your questions, give you their unbiased opinions, and help you hand select the perfect mined or lab grown diamond.
We love diamonds, and we love lab grown diamonds. Whatever your preference is, we can provide you with the education and selection you deserve before you purchase.
Lab Grown Diamonds are identical to mined diamonds.
Both mined and lab grown diamonds share the same physical, chemical, and optical properties. The only difference is their origin. Lab grown diamonds are grown, whereas mined diamonds are found in the ground. Since Lab Grown diamonds are grown in a controlled environment, they are guaranteed conflict-free.
Lab Grown Diamonds are conflict-free, and sustainable.
Created, or lab grown diamonds, are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form beneath the earth’s crust. These created diamonds consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they exhibit the same optical and chemical properties. Simply put-they are just as sparkly and pretty!
Sizes, Shapes and Colors-Oh my!
Our lab grown diamonds are now available in a variety of colorless ranges and any shape and size. Lab grown diamonds are also available in fancy color that are considered very rare in nature, including popular hues of vivid fancy yellow. Fancy colored lab diamonds sell at comparatively reasonable prices compared to their natural colored diamond counterparts.
Making the Grade
Lab Grown Diamonds are graded to the same specifications as mined diamonds and accompanied by diamond grading reports from leading independent laboratories such as the International Gemological Institute (IGI). The only difference is its point of origin as one is grown above ground while the other is extracted from the ground.
To explore the 4C’s of lab grown and mined diamonds, click here.
Now the really good new$
Lab grown diamonds are 20-40% less expensive than their mined counterparts. The larger and finer the diamond, the greater the difference in price. Our customers have enjoyed this savings by buying a larger diamond than they expected or simply saved some money. Either way, it is a win!
To view our selection of lab grown diamonds, click here.
Diamonds simply are beautiful.
Clear, sparkly, and filled with light, their brilliance is unmatched among other gems. Diamond forms under high temperature and pressure conditions that exist only about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface. Diamond’s carbon atoms are bonded in essentially the same way in all directions. Another mineral, graphite, also contains only carbon, but its formation process and crystal structure are quite different. Graphite is so soft that you can write with it, while diamond is so hard that you can only scratch it with another diamond. Diamonds are the hardest known natural material on the Mohs scale, which is a 10, they are also not very chemically reactive.
The allure started a long time ago
The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars. The Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love). Anthropologists believe the tradition of using diamonds in engagement rings originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands’ ownership. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy.
Why a diamond is forever
The word diamond derives from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible or indestructible. Which makes sense because diamonds are the very hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. In fact, some ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle in show their importance and protect them from harm.
Kimberly has your back!
Everyone has heard of blood diamonds. The diamond industry created The Kimberley process to remove “blood diamonds’ out of the supply chain. The Kimberley Process (KP) unites administrations, civil societies, and industry in reducing the flow of conflict diamonds – ‘rough diamonds used to finance wars against governments’ – around the world. Maintaining its focus in the face of today’s global challenges, The KP enables nations, governments and organizations to share their expertise and insights, and to have a positive, long-term impact on the trade in conflict diamonds and the lives of people in genuine need.
To view our selection of mined diamonds, click here.