Lab created diamonds vs natural diamonds

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you rather a lab created diamond or a natural diamond?
    Lab Created Diamond : (15 votes)
    30 %
    Natural Diamond : (35 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    537 posts
    Busy bee

    smittee27:  Hi! I wanted to give you some advice on “lab-created” diamonds. I’m not sure what cut or size you’re looking for, but lab-created diamonds are more expensive that natural mined diamonds and are only available in smaller carat weights as well as only round cuts. 

    Quorri, like Diamond Nexus, are just CZs that are marketed as lab-created diamonds. There’s no carbon in them at all, which is what makes a diamond, a diamond. 

    My suggestion to you is to buy a diamond or diamond ring from an estate sale or pawn shop. That way the diamond isn’t impacting the environment. You could also check out gemstone engagement ring, Blue Nile Diamonds, Brilliant Earth, or Moissanite which is a lab-created stone that is composed of Silcon Carbide (SiC). The carbon that is present in this gemstone will often make traditional diamond testers test Moissanite positive as a diamond.

    While Moissanite is a very gorgeous stone and may appear similar to a diamond, it is not a diamond by any means, so this route may not make you happy, but this stone will last a lifetime and is almost as hard as a natural diamond.

    Also, consider looking in to companies that used recycled metals for their settings, as metals are more unethically sourced than diamonds and have a larger impact on the environment!

    Hope this helps you, let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

     

    Post # 3
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    1424 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t know a lot about it myself except that there are a lot of companies out there marketing themselves as “lab created diamonds” that are not actually lab created diamonds.  They are actually variants of CZ.  Diamond Nexus for example sells diamond simulants, not lab created diamonds.  You can find a lot of info on this site about the Amora Gem and Moissanite which might work out for you.  Seems like those are getting the best reviews around here for diamond like stones that aren’t as expensive.

    Post # 4
    Member
    537 posts
    Busy bee

    I wanted to make an edit to my post. Lab-created diamonds have come a long way as far as cuts and carat weights available, but they still cost the same if not more than natural diamonds. Just wanted to clarify that! 

    If you’re still looking for lab-created diamonds, Brilliant Earth offers both lab-created and natural 🙂

    Post # 5
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    8601 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Quorri sells cz! Brilliantearth.com sells real lab created diamonds.

    Post # 6
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    218 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    smittee27:  I have 3 rings that have blue lab created diamond. They’re not engagement rings just fashion rings. I personally like them alot. Just make sure that you take them off when getting xrays done And when passing through the machine at the airport. I was told that they can loss a bit if color.I have mines them for 3 years. They were cheaper than natural diamonds but I’m not sure if that depends on where you buy them.

    Post # 7
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    3200 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Don’t have one but if I were in the market I’d go with brillant earth or gemesis diamonds to get one.  They are the real deal.  If they were making larger lab-created diamonds prior to me going towards asha and AG, I would have gone with them.  

     

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  NovaRising.
    Post # 8
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    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    First off, I wouldn’t say all sims are basically CZs… More than enough Bees can tell you otherwise.  Some stones typically lumped into the “sim” category have attributes SUPERIOR to diamonds.

    That said, I also wouldn’t expect to save a boatload on a lab-created diamond.  I am philosophically opposed to the diamond industry but boyfriend has been more opposed to sims.  We were looking at lab created diamonds for a bit but they cost more than comparable ethically mined diamonds when you hit the 1.5 carat+ point.  

    Post # 9
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    3200 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Consultette:  + 100

    But OP is right that groups like Quorri and Diamond Nexus who say they are lab-created diamonds are actually just CZ.  Other sims like moissante, asha, and amora gem are in a class of their own.  Oh and let’s not forget Wink and Chris CZ.  They may have CZ but they are in a league of their own.

    Post # 10
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    8016 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I just went with a diamond ring from an ethically sourced jewelry house. If you’re  concerned about cost then id get one thats pre-loved. 

    Post # 11
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    215 posts
    Helper bee

    smittee27:  I disagree with some of the PPs – lab created diamonds are certainly not more expensive than mined diamonds (of equal characteristics, of course), definitely DO come in colours high on the colour scale (D/E/F), and can be found over 1-1.5 cts. 

    Check out gemesis or DNEA diamonds.

    The only thing that stops me is the fact that GIA and AGS won’t certify the diamonds,  so cut quality might be difficult to assure when buying online. Also colour grades mightn’t be as strict.. 

    Post # 13
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    537 posts
    Busy bee

    smittee27:  Awesome choice! They use recycled metals there too so you I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about. I’m sure your ring will be beautiful and will last many generations! 🙂

    Post # 14
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    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    smittee27:  That’s a fantastic choice.  Blue Nile is another option with a very stringent ethical sourcing policy.

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