Post # 1
Okay, so this seems to be a pretty common topic on the boards, so I thought I’d get more opinions on it. I was under the impression that real lab-created stones are chemically identical to natural stones but are grown in a lab rather than mined out of the ground.
Do you have a natural stone or a lab-created stone?
Did you choose it for looks, ethics, budget?
Did you choose a natural stone? Why?
Also, does anyone have a simulated ring or a cz of any color?
Feel free to post pics!!!!
Post # 3
I do. I have a lab created ruby. I chose it because I fell in love as soon as I saw it. It’s a heart shaped ruby in a vintage style halo pendant in sterling silver. I like the color of lab created rubies.. It’s a nice pinky reddish color.
Post # 4
@JustLove25: Sounds gorgeous! Do you have any pics?
Post # 5
Hi LadyInGreen, my partner and I are having our ring made. We chose a natural aquamarine as a centre stone with very small natural diamonds on either side. We chose the aqua when we were offered a selection at the jewellers. I love the way natural stones have way more variationbetween them than lab created stones. I also like the fact that it is something nature created. I feel that the lab created stones or simulations seem too perfect, but that’s just me! I embrace differences! Il try to post a pic when I finally get my ring!!
Post # 6
@LadyInGreen: Here it is.. I love it so much. My phone doesn’t let me put the picture in so here is the link
Post # 7
I have a lab created moissanite. I love it and although each is lab created they are all different and have different personalities. It’s the best of both worlds. I can’t post a picture as I am on my phone 🙁
Post # 8
i have worn lab-created stones before. usually a gemstone necklace or ring. i have a beautiful lab-created pink diamond like the j-lo ring. it looks expensive but wasn’t.
Post # 9
I have a lab-created stone (Moissanite) and honestly, I didn’t care if it was lab created or natural. My second (close second) choice was a padparadscha sapphire (natural) but ultimately I chose the moissanite because Fiance wanted a clear stone for me.
Post # 10
I got this cushion cut lab created sapphire on ebay for $10! It’s gorgeous in real life! I chose lab created because if you can’t tell the difference and you’ll save a ton of money, then why not?
Post # 11
Lab stone all the way. Availability, price, less imperfections and ethical reasons. The industry of gemstone mining is really not one I care to support. As a social work major with a future in child advocacy I don’t like the idea of wearing a stone that may have been extracted at the hands of a child slave miner.
Also, theres the fact that when I was shopping for my alexandrite I didn’t have thousands of dollars for an earth mined stone, as alexandrites are so rare.
Both my Engagement Ring and favorite RHR are lab stones and they’re perfect for me 🙂
Post # 12
I consider lab-created stones to be “fake” so I refuse to buy them. It would just bug me to no end if a stone in my jewelry wasn’t natural. My engagement ring is a real diamond (we didn’t buy it though, it was my great-grandmothers ring), and my fiance has been instructed to only buy items containing natural stones when he buys me jewelry.
Post # 13
I’m with thingsthatshine. I’m not a fan of lab-created stones especially for my e-ring. I feel that a lot of people pick them so they can have a bigger rock with a lower price. To me the size of the rock doesn’t matter so much so I rather have something real like the love it represents. But that’s my preference. I see pics on here of others’ pieces and I still think they are beautiful for them. Personally I think I’m just more traditional when it comes to the stone.
Post # 14
I feel the opposite to the above 2 posters, my ring is Asha and I specifically requested NOT to have a mined diamond, as the money is better spent on our overseas travels (like the 4 week European honeymoon we are currently on and the Thailand holiday on which he proposed). A mined stone is not at all important to me when the lab created alternatives sparkle my pants off 😉
Post # 15
I have a moissanite, I didn’t give a hoot if moissanite came from the ground or a lab, whatever sparkles that much I want it!!! The price was just a bonus 🙂
People like to knock lab stones but I think moissy is the rock of the future. Anyone who would call someone’s engagement ring “fake” is just making themselves sound silly.
Post # 16
My wedding ring and E ring are both Ashas 🙂 They are very pretty!