Post # 1
Does anyone have a lab-created diamond, especially 1 carat or larger? If you were shopping for rings with your FI/husband and did a comparison, how much cheaper was it than a same size mined diamond? There are some old threads here on WB, but just wondering if there’s been any change in the technology recently because in the past it was hard to create them in larger carat sizes. Thanks!
Post # 3
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Don’t have one but I looked into it since I really wanted a blue diamond & this was cheapest option. http://d.neadiamonds.com/diamond-price
Post # 4
Last I looked into it, lab-created, colorless, true diamonds cost as much if not more than earth-mined diamonds of the same size.
Post # 5
i have a 6ct pink lab created diamond that i have as a rhr. i honestly don’t remember what i paid for it. i got it so long ago. it still looks beautiful, sparkly and clear. i wear it quite often, even on my wedding day.
this is just a stock photo but this is what it looks like.
Post # 6
I have an asha, although its not a lab created diamond it was a great option for us! We saved 300-400 dollars. I want to upgrade to a moissanite one day but for now I love my asha!
Post # 7
@mypinkshoes: I love that shade of pink!
@atreyu547: Thanks – I did a comparison with Zales and it’s a bit cheaper..I just wish they had an option for cut
Post # 8
@NYMango: it is a stunning colour irl. i get many compliments.
Post # 9
I have a lab-grown diamond and it’s about .5ct. Mine is from 2009, so my information might be kind of old–the technology may have improved.
So lab-grown is basically opposite from nature: in nature, colored diamonds are rare; in the lab, they’re easier to grow. In terms of cost, a lab-grown diamond is going to be comparable to a natural one, but you can save if it’s colored; you’ll probably pay a bit more if not.
The other thing is that colorless diamonds are challenging to grow in the lab, which means a lot of the diamonds are going to be less than 1ct. That also means that the closer you get to 1ct., the longer you’ll have to wait for it because more people seem to want larger diamonds. I can’t remember the company that DH picked, but it took him 6 months from the time he got on the waiting list to the time he received the ring. In addition, the way they worked is that they sent the raw diamonds to be cut (because the cut is determined by the size and quality of the diamond), independently of the orders they had–so if there are 10 people on the waiting list and the first 3 all want princess cuts, but the first diamond that comes back is a round brilliant, then the 4th person in line will get it, KWIM? If you want a more unusual cut, you might have to wait longer. But it depends. Mine’s an Asscher, and although the’d probably cut fewer Asschers than say, round brilliants, there were probably also fewer couples that wanted the cut. So it depends. The nice thing is that with some companies, you can design the ring from scratch and get the setting exactly as you want it.
Hope that helps!
Post # 10
Your ring is absolutely gorgeous and the most beautiful shade of pink I’ve seen!
Post # 11
Gemesis does “colorless” diamonds up to around 1.5 carats I think.
Post # 12
@BothCoasts: Yes, very helpful, thank you!
Post # 13
I love lab created gems in general. 🙂 I think it’s a triumph of human ingenuity to overcome the need to dig in the ground, disrupt the environment and get people hurt or killed in mines, and be able to create them safely and peacefully in a lab instead. (I’m sure there’s emissions, but I can’t imagine they’re as bad as the results of mining?!) I don’t understand why we can’t shift over to lab gems entirely?
Post # 14
My ring is a lab created diamond that the jeweler offered. It’s 1.8 carats and the ring was just under 4k with natural diamond side stones and halo. Definitely a lot cheaper than a natural stone would have cost- and just as beautiful. 🙂