November, 16 2017
GETTING TO KNOW ‘ABOVE GROUND’ DIAMONDS
Cultivated or ‘above ground’ diamonds as they are frequently referred, have the same physical and chemical properties as mined diamonds. In fact, cultivated diamonds are identical to their natural counterparts. They consist of carbon atoms arranged in the same, unique, diamond crystal structure as diamonds extracted from the earth. The only difference is origin.
Both to the naked eye and using a jewelry loop, above ground diamonds are nearly indistinguishable from mined diamonds; they can only be distinguished using highly specialized testing equipment that can detect minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth.
HOW ABOVE GROUND DIAMONDS ARE CULTIVATED
The above ground diamonds that John Atencio offers are cultivated in the United States using highly advanced technology that mimics the natural conditions under which diamonds naturally form in the earth. Using ‘novel plasma reactors with hundreds of individually precision- engineered parts’, engineers are able to re-create the environment: the intense heat and conditions that nature forms diamonds on its own.
These cultivated diamonds are grown from a thin foundation of a pre-existing diamond extracted from the earth. Atom by atom, a ‘diamond lattice’ forms and grows into a pure, jewelry grade diamond of gem size. Each cultivated diamond created is a unique, one-of-a-kind crystal diamond – just like natural diamonds. The starting diamond material is then re-used.
THE POLISHING AND CUTTING PROCESS
Similar to mined diamonds, the created rough is then cut and polished by skilled craftsman to create a faceted diamond that exhibits the same cut, color and brilliance as a mined diamond. Within this, there is a rich set of fancy shapes and custom cuts. The John Atencio above ground diamonds are available in range of colorless cuts and sizes.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – THE JOHN ATENCIO MISSION
The sustainable evolution has officially started. John Atencio is pleased to be a part of the sustainable revolution - offering the highest quality diamonds that have been cultivated in the US using environmentally and socially responsible new technologies. Experience them directly in any of his seven Colorado store locations.
For years, John Atencio has been dedicated to offering socially responsible mined diamonds that are ethically sourced and conflict free. John Atencio continues to adhered to this philosophy, consistent with the Kimberley Process.
His newest offering of above ground diamonds from Diamond Foundry is an extension of this responsible, socially-concious position. Each John Atencio cultivated diamond is GIA gemologist certified and comes with a fully-graded certificate of warranty. This is to provide each customer with the assurance that their diamond has been ethically grown with minimal environmental impact and a zero carbon footprint.
THE VALUE PROPOSITION
Above ground diamonds offer excellent value. They are slightly more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality.<
For more information about cultivated, above ground diamonds visit any John Atencio boutique during November to see these diamonds for yourself and speak with an expert. Also visit diamondfoundry.com.