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To the naked eye, it is impossible to see the difference between an earth-mined diamond and one that is synthetically or laboratory produced. Lab-created diamonds are made in a chamber with carbon gasses that are superheated, creating particles that crystallize into diamonds. The cost of created diamonds is anywhere from 10 to 40 percent lower than diamonds mined from the earth, yet they possess the same atomic, optical and physical appearances.

During a recent trip to Antwerp, Belgium, regarded as the diamond capital of the world, Mark Loren, owner of Mark Loren Designs, took a behind-the-scenes look at the European mined and synthetic-diamond industries, and purchased new technology that can indicate the presence of a synthetic diamond.

“As the diamond industry evolves, I’m continually learning and growing with it so I can best educate my team and my clients on the differences between the two, and the options now available in the diamond market,” said Loren.

Loren is nationally known for offering unique and rare gemstones, innovative diamond rings, exceptional engagement and wedding bands and expert jewelry design and repair; all services are done on-site at the Fort Myers and Naples gallery locations. From celebrities to clients who appreciate wearing exclusive jewelry designs, Mark Loren Designs assures the finest one-of-a-kind sentimental jewelry pieces for lasting enjoyment. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.