Lab created, man-made, diamond simulants??? PLEASE HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

most cubic zirconia is low quality, is porous, and can fog over time. but there is good quality cubic zirconia that has a special coating on it to help avoid fogging (such as Asha). they’re a little expensive for CZ. like, $360 for a 2ct eqivalent. 

real lab created diamonds are really expensive. from what I understand, they cost almost as much as mined diamonds because the process hasn’t been perfected yet.

my guess on that ebay ad: the 14k gold in that ring alone is worth close to $198. so the stone is probably the cheap kind of CZ. honestly, I wouldn’t trust it. 

Post # 4
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

If it includes the words “simulated” then it’s not real diamond (like this ring).

I have a lab-made diamond for my engagement ring from Robbins Bros and it was no less expensive than a natural diamond. I’d suggest only buying a lab diamond from a reputable retailer like Brilliant Earth, because there are so many products out there trying to convince you they’re actually diamond made in a lab when they’re just a simulant.

But if you want a simulant (I was open to it, but FI didn’t want to order online and we couldn’t find any in-person retailers) then be sure to check out all your options, including Asha, Moissanite, white sapphire, etc. There’s a lot of them out there; you’ll find something to your taste (unless you HAVE to have a diamond).

Post # 5
2230 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Yeah, that is CZ. 

Post # 6
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The picture is round, the listing says “heart-shaped,” and the end of the listing says “emerald cut.” How can you trust anything they say? Real lab-created diamonds are roughly equivalent in price to mined diamonds. $198? That’s CZ.

Post # 7
4134 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If it’s $200 it’s not diamond, man made or otherwise. Honestly there’s no way that’s sold gold either for that price. It’s honestly probably CZ or something even less expensive like plastic. As far as EBAY ads go, this one is racked with sketchyness and personally I would not buy… 

Post # 8
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

@cmbr:  I noticed those discrepancies, as well. I would not purchase from this seller.

 @lavenderstone:  If you have style and budget parameters, post them. Posters will be happy to offer suggestions.

Post # 9
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@cmbr:  ha, I didn’t even read the ebay post,  but I noticed that the page looked so shoddy. I have a hard time trusting ebay sellers who don’t invest in at least somewhat decent marketing for their pages. 

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