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The term “lab diamond” refers to diamonds that are manufactured in a laboratory setting rather than mined from the earth. Let’s break down the etymology of this term:

Lab: This is a short form of “laboratory,” which comes from the Medieval Latin “laboratorium,” meaning “a place for labor or work.” The root word here is “labor,” which means “work.”
Diamond: This word comes from the Middle English “diamant,” which in turn derives from the Old French “diamant.” Its deeper origins trace back to the Latin “adamantem,” the accusative of “adamas,” which means “the hardest metal,” derived from Ancient Greek “ἀδάμας” (adámas), meaning “unbreakable, untamed,” from “ἀ-” (a-, “not”) + “δαμάω” (damáō, “to tame”).

Thus, the term “lab diamond” essentially means a diamond that is created in a place of work, emphasizing the human effort and technological processes involved in their creation, as opposed to natural geological processes.

Note: IGI uses the term lab grown diamonds to refer to man-made gemstones which are optically, chemically and physically identical to natural diamonds. While this is one of several terms used for legal trade in the USA, be advised that some countries disallow those terms, requiring use of “laboratory grown diamond” (unabbreviated) or a separate term like “synthetic diamond,” to clearly differentiate the product.

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