Post # 1
Just wanting to read some responses to get perspective!
For me, natural or synthetic has never been a hot-button topic.
My Apple laptop is made of manmade, labmade materials… same as my suede boots… same as the chemicals in my carmal hair dye… lol.
On the other hand,
for my dog’s food I want all natural, not mass-produced, not lab made. We go with natural dog food.
Post # 3
@sugarfreak: It depends on what it is. If it’s a laptop- sure! Jewelry? As long as it’s set in a better quality metal- sure! But I try to eat cleanly because my body tolerates that much better than eating stuff with a lot of preservatives and chemicals.
Post # 4
While I do care about some things,like the food I and my SO eat,being all natural,I truly,honestly totally don’t care that a shiny thing that goes on my finger is.As long as it’s cheaper,thus allowing me to get a bigger one,and it’s beautiful to look at,then I’m all set and happy!
Post # 5
I voted Mondays suck! :))
I couldnt care less if the stone was lab created or natural … my only concern would be that it would last. My boyfriend on the other hand wants diamond and 14k or more … womp womp … He says I deserve the best and i do … im pretty awesome! 😉
Anyways … I think i got him to agree on moissy if he doesnt go with my moms natural diamond … ive always wanted a hand me down ering …
With that being said … i would love to have a natural peach sapphire!! Who wouldn’t?! Those things or gorgeous! 🙂
Post # 6
I voted yes but only because I didn’t know about lab created stones when shopping.
Post # 7
@sugarfreak: anything that i put INTO my body or my pets’ bodies is natural. we eat 100% paleo/organic in my house, and our dogs get only the most natural and closest to what would be their diet in the wild…
but everything else…it doesn’t really matter 🙂
Post # 8
I couldn’t care less. I couldn’t care less about what other people do. If it looks nice and makes you happy…. more power to you.
Post # 9
Yes it does. I try to have as little synthetic around me as possible (especially poorly-tested or known-dangerous chemicals, and petro-derivatives). I’m especially careful about things that could affect my health, i.e., my food, my water, my personal hygiene products. I don’t live a 100% chem-free, plastic-free life or anything, but I do my best to keep it to a minimum, and get better at it all the time. I also try to minimize clutter, which goes well with this.
So, I try to surround myself with just a few things, and have those things be special to me… nicely made and largely from wood, stone, cotton, metal, glass, and so on. And living plants and animals. Not to sound all hippie, but it makes me feel peaceful, more connected to my nature as a living being that came from this planet.
I live in a hectic downtown area… sirens are screeching right now…. life always is being pushed to be hectic, but I’m not happy when my life gets hectic or overwhelmed or when things aren’t what they seem, when I start feeling detached from nature, surrounded by illusions and garishness and shows being put on…the social illusions that humans create and elaborate to the point of absurdity. It starts with small things like plastic fruit in a bowl but it goes to such bizarre places, such unnatural places. I need to find my groundedness. This is how I find that in the middle of a busy city, even with the sirens, even though I spend much of my time with computers (certainly not very close to nature). It’s like a living meditation, for me.
Post # 10
I voted that I prefer earth-mined stones for an engagement ring. It’s a personal preference that I find difficult to explain, but I think a big part of it is that natural stones are often rare and valuable.
But honestly, if I had to choose a, say, 1 carat (or any equivalent thereof) cultured stone over a tiny speck of a natural stone, I would choose the man-made stone because I really prioritize size in e-rings. Also, if I had a very small budget (let’s say under $300), I’d be a little more likely to go synthetic. Ultimately, though, I’d probably opt for a natural, colored gemstone that is durable enough for daily wear – but that’s only because of what I’m willing to compromise on. Someone else can do whatever they want. 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
I actually find lab created stones to be really interesting. I originally wanted a lab created diamond until I found out they’re still really expensive, so I scratched that idea.
Post # 12
For an engagement ring I would always prefer the stone to be natural and valuable.
For anything else I don’t mind lab created stuff.
Post # 13
I voted for man-made.
Man-made does’t always equal toxic.
Natural doesn’t always equate healthy.
In terms of my future engagement ring, for the longest time I wanted a natural diamond. The more I thought about it, I realized I’d much rather have a super high quality, ideally cut lab grown stone for much less money over a mined stone of lesser quality that costs a lot more, and both will last the same amout of time. And of course I can get more cts/dollar!
Post # 14
Im a “natural” girl both in life (food/cleaners/dog food lol) and stones. I love the idea of something being formed in the earth (or stars) naturally over time and now it’s on my finger/ in my ears or around my neck. Can I afforded all that heck no! I rock some CZs like no ones business but I would always prefer and work towards natural diamonds or gemstones
Post # 15
@nerdybird: I would love a man-made diamond someday!!! I think the idea is so cool.
@Comealongpond: You sound kind of awesome 🙂
@sugarfreak: I don’t really care either way. Half my stuff is designer and half is from Target, so I don’t fall into one camp or the other on caring about what’s “valuable.” Further, I do not buy leather or fur etc., so I certainly have “fake” materials in my bags and shoes and sofas already!!
Post # 16
In reference to fine jewelry a natural stone is a top priority to me. Anything else I don’t care.