Lab created diamonds – Brilliant Earth? Opinions?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@Claire324:  Lucky you live in Australia! I always drool at this Etsy seller’s ring designs. (LaurahSarahDesigns)

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@Claire324:  Yeah, I would have to pay for crazy duties if I ordered a ring from her. The beauty is that you get to design your own ring. 🙂 Have fun!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

:O Is $3,000 (aus I assume?) a bargain for a lab created stone?? x

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Claire324 And I thought we had it bad with taxes! Yes I’d expect the same here for a natural diamond though of good spec. But lab I would just expect to be miles cheaper. We have never looked in to them but I have looked in to lab created emeralds and they’re so much cheaper so I just expected the same for diamonds 🙂 It’s a funny world! x

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yes I do get what you mean as you are never 100% sure there was no harm from the diamond mines. We were told mine was cruelty free and went with it, but I would not have got one if they were “unsure” lol

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I got my lab-created diamond from Robbins Brothers – I don’t know if they have them outside the US, or if they’re called something else, but I think the diamond is lovely. Paid about 2000 total for a .73 ct princess cut diamond in a sky setting. I don’t remember the specs, I think it was VS1, J color, good or very good cut. But lab-created diamonds aren’t certified like non-created ones, so who knows? Either way, I have my technologically-created ethical beauty, which makes me happy.

I wasn’t happy with the whole “Kimberly Process” certification though, and didn’t really want a Canadian diamond since there’s still a huge environmental impact from mining diamonds (although the band isn’t recycled gold, which I would’ve preferred, so I can’t say too much on that).

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d go for a lab created diamond quite happily.

What I like about diamonds is that they are hard wearing. So as long as a lab created is as hard wearing as a natrual its good to me. I have irradiated coloured diamond. Because I like colour and I wanted hard wearing. I was advised against gem stones as they are soft and knew I would abuse my ring.

As to cost of natural vs lab created or even lab treated like mine….I have no idea im afraid, I didnt do any research or comparisum, just bought the most indestructable coloured ring I could find!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

@Claire324:  Hello fellow Aussie. What are the specs of the .83 lab-diamond? I ask because blue nile seems to have ones that might be even cheaper.

Also, Australia has two different relevant taxes-  import duty (5%) and VAT (10%). For some reason, import duty is not applicable to diamonds, so you’d only have to pay the VAT. So $3000 diamond = $300 extra. 


http://www.dutycalculator.com/popular-import-items/import-duty-and-taxes-for-diamond-ring/

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I don’t have a problem with lab diamonds. I can definitely see the upside, and if that’s what works for a couple then who am I to say otherwise?

The only issue that I can arise is in the cut quality, the single largest factor in determining sparkle. I think it’ll be harder to find a lab created diamond that is a true ideal cut. This has nothing to do with any physical difference being lab grown vs naturally mined diamonds. I’d imagine that most diamond cutters only work with natural stones (most skilled/experienced cutters anyways), and the major labs that judge cut quality (AGS/GIA) don’t certify lab grown diamonds. So you miss out on knowing whether it’s a AGS ideal or GIA Excellent cut, or if it’s a poor cut and you should move on.

The vendors selling lab created stones probably have their own rating on cut quality, or use a lab that certifies their stones, but it most likely won’t be to the standards of AGS/GIA for determining cut quality. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I think lab created diamonds are a great way to go if you’re concerned about ethics!

However, I don’t know how much of a “deal” they are! I just looked at their loose diamonds and found a similar one (but one grade higher in color and one step lower in clarity) to the natural diamond DH and I bought. It was $5,000 more! 

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