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Mined vs. Lab Blue Diamonds

Clunkygirl

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Hi everyone, I've been wondering this for a long time and realized this is the perfect place to ask. I noticed that the blue in the lab version is a very different shade than the irradiated than that of (irradiated) mined, the latter being an almost Windex blue. Does anyone know why? Thanks!

 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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Lab is likely grown with some boron in it to create the blue.

Irradiated blues are generally champagne or off colored lower cost initial diamonds and so the blue is a bit darker and sometimes a greenish tinged blue.

 

Karl_K

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Lab is likely grown with some boron in it to create the blue.

Irradiated blues are generally champagne or off colored lower cost initial diamonds and so the blue is a bit darker and sometimes a greenish tinged blue.

yep my favorite blue color diamonds are the greenish blue nuked stones.

The near zero resale value is the downside.

 

Clunkygirl

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Lab is likely grown with some boron in it to create the blue.

Irradiated blues are generally champagne or off colored lower cost initial diamonds and so the blue is a bit darker and sometimes a greenish tinged blue.

Thank you! That makes sense.

 

Karl_K

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@Karl_K any examples or photos to show this unique greenish blue nuked shade? =)2

at one time they were either a inky dark blue or a shade of greenish\blue or teal. These days they can do more in a more true blue.

 

PinkAndBlueBling

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I bought zapped blue diamonds when visiting the USVI. I love the darker color! They weren't exactly giving them away, either. :roll2:

 

KeepStepping

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Me too! I like zircons in a similar color.
12 years or so ago, I bought an irradiated blue diamond before I knew anything about gems or diamonds. It was my e-ring. The lab grown diamonds have a truer, grayer blue 8014F48E-8704-44DB-A65F-755DC0BC9042.jpeg I was really drawn to the blue-green color, but years later with more knowledge, wish I had picked a gemstone in a similar color.

There is so much I have learned through PS and the lovely people here.

 
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