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Address: Yi Dong Industry Zone, Yi Wu City, Zhejiang Province, China


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A Lab-Grown Diamond Is Forever

Every morning for decades, the scene on 47th Street between between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan has pretty much looked the same. At around 9 a.m., clusters of Hasidic Jews with their long black coats and white beards walk briskly towards their offices, black leather suitcases in hand, past jewelry storefronts that are slowly starting to open for business.

Seen through store windows, employees take out diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants from the plastic boxes they've been safely stored in for the night. Armed policemen patrol around and some stores have security teams of their own — big muscle in dark suits guarding doors and checking the IDs of diamond cutters, polishers, gemologists, and salesmen before anyone enters a building. There are also inconspicuously-dressed bystanders pacing the area, giving the impression that the whole area is being carefully surveilled by undercover cops.

Dozens of solicitors — men wearing baseball caps and sunglasses, often with foreign accents — hit the sidewalks, handing out fliers that promise the best price for gold while competing hustlers walk straight up to passersby, muttering deal pitches in their ears.

It's just another day in the Diamond District.

Except, there's an unusual number of shoppers huddling near a particular window one spring morning. Several women who are looking to buy earrings are astonished to see a strange sign that reads, "Lab-Grown Diamonds!"

"Why would anyone buy such a thing?" Sharon, a mother of four living in Brooklyn, asks. The friends she's with, all of whom declined to share their names, nod in agreement. Still, they can't help but admit that the so-called "lab-grown" stones on display look exactly like the rest of the diamonds in the case. The women walk away, but not before writing down the name of the company: American Grown Diamonds.

Inside the store and down the stairs, Ariel Baruch, a 26-year-old whose family has been in the jewelry business for three generations and owns American Grown Diamonds, is sitting in his office, looking at some product under a loupe, a small magnification tool used to study jewelry.

American Grown, which has exclusive rights to buy diamonds from several undisclosed labs in the US, started selling synthetics (a scientific term loathed by the lab-grown industry, but routinely used in the greater jewelry world) a little over three years ago and now wholesales stones to some 250 stores around the country. Four months ago, the Baruchs decided to promote their business more widely in New York City, and so they put up the sign that attracted Sharon and plenty of others.

Baruch takes a 1.5-carat synthetic diamond that's set in a ring and holds it under a lamp. The clear, smooth facets sparkle in the light. The stone is beautiful.

"There's no way to look at it and know it's not natural," Baruch says. "Not with the naked eye, not with a loupe, and not with a standard microscope. Only special technology can tell the difference. Right now I believe we're the only ones selling lab-grown diamonds around here, but I want to say in two to three years more people are going to be carrying them. There are just no negatives to it."

When he says "around here," he means 47th Street, but American Grown is just one of several dozen lab-grown diamond companies that have cropped up over the last few years. Though lab-growns have been around for a while, it was only recently that the science of creating colorless, nearly flawless diamonds was finally perfected. (And, for the record, not everyone agrees that there are "no negatives to it" — but more on that later.)