Lab diamonds consist of the same chemical and physical properties as natural diamonds,
but instead of growing over thousands of years in the earth's crust, lab diamonds are grown
at warp speed in a laboratory that replicates the natural growth process within weeks instead
of centuries. The result is a lab grown diamond that shares the same optical and carbon crystal
structure as a natural diamond and can usually only be distinguished from a natural diamond by
using specialized testing equipment which recognizes trace elements like nitrogen. Cubic zirconia
or moissanite for example, do not share any of the chemical or physical carbon properties as a
natural diamond and thus can be distinguished by the naked eye as an imitation diamond.