ALTR Created Diamonds FAQ!
ALTR Created Diamonds are man made by simulating natural conditions of extreme heat and pressure or chemical vapor deposition. Both mined and created Diamonds are identical in chemical, optical and physical composition.
Our Diamonds are created by replicating certain favourable conditions growing crystal carbon. A sliver of an existing Type IIA Diamond, otherwise known as a "seed”, is placed in an environment that contains a specific recipe of carbon compounds. The seed is then subjected to a process called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), wherein the crystals are formed from hot plasma in layers, like semiconductors. What results is a real ALTR Created Rough Diamond with all the natural properties of a mined Diamond.
The most famous and brilliant natural Diamonds in the world are IIA!
The Koh-l-Noor, The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (Krupp), The Regent Diamond and The Stor of The South are all famous Type IIA Diamonds. Only the best 1 to 2% of mined Diamonds can be called Type IIA. They are the purest and most thermally conductive of all Diamonds. As natural Diamonds rise toward the surface of the earth from the depths, they are usually deformed or form imperfectly taking on certain impurities. Type IIA stones are almost entirely devoid of these imperfections and deformations. All ALTR created
Diamonds are Type IIA.
Yes. Starting from 0.01 ct. to 4 ct, ALTR Created Diamonds can be grown in a variety of sizes. We specialise specifically in large stones that can be a centerpiece for stunning jewelry design.
Yes, ALTR produces Diamonds in a variety of modern patented and traditional shapes such as Round, Cushion, Princess, Ovals, Pear, Marquise, Emerald and more.
Depending on the color and size, it can take between 60-120 days to create a Diamond in the laboratory.
Natural and ALTR Created Diamonds are both composed of the same crystal carbon material and exhibit identical properties. The only differences that can be detected are minute differences in the crystal formation and/or different trace impurities. A Diamond tester will positively identify an ALTR Created Diamond as a Diamond.
While there is no difference between a mined and ALTR Created Diamond, our consumer's ability to make an informed choice must be protected. Complete disclosure is ethical and also in the best interest of the consumer.
Both, ALTR Created Diamonds and gem quality Earth-mined Diamonds are composed of incredibly pure crystal carbon as a single crystal. Simulants may look somewhat similar but the material is completely different, with different physical properties. An ALTR Created Diamond's refraction and hardness is identical to a natural Diamond's, unlike a simulant which foils to meet the standards. An ALTR Created Diamond is a real Diamond unlike Diamond-like materials such as Cubic Zirconium, Moissanite and Diamond-coated materials, with a wide range of Color, Clarity, Carat And Cut possibilities.
To find a 1.0 ct rough Diamond, approximately 1,750 tons of earth has to be displaced. Since ALTR Diamonds ore created above earth, we use only a fraction of this energy provided by our own wind turbines leaving a low carbon footprint.
ALTR is the only vertically aligned created Diamond brand that is a complete and exclusive solution for loose created Diamonds and fine jewelry.
We have a well appointed dedicated manufacturing infrastructure where we grow our own Diamonds.
We enhance desirability through our range of created Diamonds that qualify as a premium choice for affordable luxury.
We start with a Diamond seed and finish with hand set fine jewelry because we understand the value that design brings to our pieces.