(Closed) Alternative Stones, Lab Diamonds, Heirloom Rings and Other Options

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Great ideas! Wholesalers are great too!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Cool post! The green sapphire ring is especially lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow, I’ve never seen a green sapphire before..but it’s beautiful.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Great post.  I’m all over alternative rings.  I just want something sparkly that lets people know that I’m happily taken and married, while at the same time looking fab!  And I don’t need a fancy ring to do it!

For the band we went the real route.  14K gold and diamonds.. we went to a store that was going out of business.  We got the ring for 625 after tax.. and it appraises at around 1500.

For the reproduction of the e-ring, we are going with 14K gold, real diamond side stones & high quality CZ for the center stones.  We can get something like this:

For about $1,000.  And it’s absolutely perfect for me.  If we strike it rich later, we’ll replace the stones, but if not – it’s all I wanted anyways!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You forgot the lovely and affordable Moissanite! I’ve never been that into diamonds for myself and was orginally looking into aquamarines and sapphires, but the boyfriend wants something traditional looking. So while attempting to give in and look at diamonds I came accross moissanite and fell in love with them! After doing extensive research I have officially decided moissanite is the gem for me and we’ll be ordering ours off of Moissaniteco.com. The one we’re looking at is a classic round solitaire in a bucket setting and the stone is 1 carat… for less than $700 (some are styles are even cheaper! I saw some for under $300 for 1/2 carat)!!! I can’t wait to wear that little baby.

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Blushing bee

This might be a stupid question, but where can I find lab produced stones? Do jewelers carry these as well? 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Cool topic!

I just wanted to quickly point out that I believe you are confusing a diamond simulant with a lab-created synthetic diamond. An actual diamond, created in a lab, is often just as expensive, if not moreso, than a naturally-mined diamond. You can read all about the differences here in a post I wrote a few months ago when some of us had been discussing the subject. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1996

I like the idea of going with a white sapphire over a CZ.  The CZ’s are soft in comparison and don’t hold up as well.  Also, the white sapphire is cheaper than a moissanite (though not as stunning) and can be treasured in its own right even when you are ready to swap it out for a diamond.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My alternative is a combination of the above. My sweetie had a ring designed for me using a peridot (my birthstone) and two diamonds. The peridot was originally going to come for a ring my maternal grandmother was given for her 25th wedding anniversary, but as it was kind of worn, he bought a replica of the stone with the same color/shape. Then he set a diamond on either side from her own maternal grandmother’s ring. It’s so meaningful and sweet, and prettier than any diamond he could have picked up from a mall.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

LittleMissMango is correct–I have a lab-grown diamond which is chemically identical to a natural diamond (which is also why the diamond lobby has demanded that lab diamonds are identifiable by a serial number because otherwise you can’t tell) and actually, is in fact harder than a natural diamond. These are not the same thing as moissanite or CZ. Here are a few other things about buying lab diamonds, just from our experience:

1. Be prepared for a bit of a wait–a lot of people are interested in the technology and growing diamonds isn’t like growing potatoes. And the business is nascent and there aren’t a whole lot of companies. Companies do sell pre-made designs online, but if you don’t like their designs, you’ll have to special order (and many people go this route). There are often wait-lists for diamonds, so just be aware.

2. Colored diamonds are rare in nature; it’s the reverse in the lab. Colored diamonds are actually easier to grow than white diamonds, so if you want a white diamond, you may wait that much longer.

3. White diamonds are also hard to find in larger carat sizes. Not impossible, but the vast majority we found were .70 carats or smaller. Mine is a .50 ct. asscher.

MISSTINY, check out Apollo diamond and D.NEA (I think he got mine from them). You can also look at GreenKarat which does eco-friendly jewelry although I’m not sure if they do lab-grown.

One more thing–for all you ladies looking into non-diamond gemstones, do research them too because the history of most gem trades–sapphire, rubies, emeralds etc. regarding human rights and/or natural ecology ain’t that rosy either. That’s not to say there are no ethically-sourced gems, but just do some homeowrk before you buy.  

 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Non-diamond stone and heirloom were the only options we were considering – for a whole host of reasons.  (oh, and not getting one at all, which was my first preference) We thought for a long time that we would use my grandmother’s stone, and bought a small emerald ring to use as a place-holder while the heirloom stone was sized/appraised/insured.  In the end, we ended up going with it.  We had several reasons we were totally against buying a new diamond, but mostly we’re just punks who like doing unexpected things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am a big fan of the colored stone and I think my fiance an even bigger fan (and not for financial reasons even).  BUT it is not for someone who wants the traditional look and the obvious engagement ring.  It makes people ask, and it makes them comment.  You don’t see it sparkling on my finger and know immediately that I’m engaged.  I LIKE that, but a lot of people are excited and want to show it in the traditional way.  Oh, and one big advantage is that there’s zero temptation to make it into a comparison or a contest as to who has the bigger/sparklier ring. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would like to reiterate with littleredmango  and JennyW1 said. A lab-created white diamond will NOT cost less than a mined diamond right now. Very few lab-created white diamonds are available now, and the ones that are tend to be less than one carat. Diamond simulants, on the other hand, often cost less than diamonds.

More lab-created diamonds are available in colors other than white. These will cost less than their very expensive mined colored counterparts, and may cost less than a white diamond depending on the color. My engagement and wedding rings have blue lab-created diamonds in them from D.NEA. These were more expensive than white diamonds of similar size and quality would have been, but D.NEA’s yellow diamonds are typically priced less than similar white diamonds are.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not one to wear something so expensive as a diamond… I’d simply worry too much about it. And honestly, to me it isn’t a huge deal as far as what stone it is, as long as I’m happy with it. I’m wearing a temporary ring until we get my real engagement ring made. It’ll be a white Texas topaz. Still very durable, still pure and clear, and won’t break the bank. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also means a lot to me, since I grew up in Texas.

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