Natural Diamonds Mixed into Lab-Grown Melee

Natural Diamonds Mixed into Lab-Grown Melee
Pic shows a natural diamond among lab-growns

Natural diamonds are increasingly being found in parcels of lab-grown melee sent for grading.

The undisclosed higher-value gems have been spotted among lab-growns on “numerous occasions” in recent months, according to the US-based lab GSI.

The mix-up is probably because both types of stone are handled in the same factories, said Debbie Azar, the lab’s president and co-founder.

“Some may argue that a consumer buying a piece of laboratory-grown diamond jewelry is getting an “upgrade” if they have a few natural diamonds sprinkled in with their laboratory-grown diamonds,” she writes in this week’s guest Memo.

“But what if that consumer does not want natural diamonds?”


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