Post # 1
Over The Moon recommended I start a thread on this for those interested in lab-created diamonds. I am basically just copying & pasting what I said in reply in another thread to a poster.
Until recently, white lab-created diamonds could only be made in very small sizes and were not really for commercial sale, though coloured (blue, yellow) could be made in larger sizes and were sold commercially (a few bees have some great rings with lab created coloured diamonds!). Takara, Gemesis, etc are competitors in the genuine lab-created diamond market (there are a few places that claim to have lab-created, but they don’t actually make lab-created diamonds, at least not colourless ones) and have been trying to get a white/colourless – gem quality – diamond out there for a while without success.
Very recently Gemesis announced they had managed to make over 3,000 lab created white diamonds in sizes ranging from .40 to 1.20 ct-ish. This is a pretty huge deal and they are the first to offer whites for commercial sale and in pretty good sizes too! They kept it under the radar until the announcement, but this is an amazing accomplishment in the industry. Their colouring is mostly H/I/J, it seems, but they have many different cuts and clarity ranges, and thus a good price range too.
They are still fairly costly (not like bargain prices as some predicted would happen) though definitely quite a bit less than great quality naturals. They are more geared towards those looking for more ethical diamonds (and who are fine with lab-created) than trying to save huge amounts of money.
Here is the link to their inventory for the whites (you can get to their yellows through the links there too if you like yellows!).
And just for those interested, here is a link to Takara, who has blues, yellows, pinks – no whites for sale yet, but I expect they are not far behind if Gemesis managed to do it:
Post # 3
Thank you for posting this. I have been wondering about this for a long time and I will look into those links. I know there were discussions on here a few years ago about lab-diamonds, and as far as I knew, they did not exist in large enough sizes to be sold for jewelry, like you said. It is nice to get some clarification. I knew they were made for industrial purposes. I think lab diamonds would be GREAT!
Darling Husband and I are actually bench certified, trained jewelers with degrees in the field, and as far as we knew there were not lab-created diamonds for sale to be used in jewelry (a few years ago). Some people really got heated a few years ago when I said that. I just was never able to find any, and the jewelers I knew didn’t know about any either. So maybe it really is a more recent development, that they are now becoming available for sale for our sparkly jewels 😉
Post # 4
@cbee: No problem!
You are correct, it really is recent. I think they only announced it within the last month and it is still fairly under the radar it seems. I am surprised more do not know, but I guess I just expect everyone else to be reading the same stuff I am, ha!
They have been made for years, probably as a byproduct of them trying to get to gem quality, but only of a quality suitable for industrial use or those sorts of applications, not gem-quality.
There are definitely people who believe they were around before, because there are certain vendors out there who claim (or claimed) to sell lab-created colourless diamonds (and many who sadly have purchased on those misrepresentations) when they were really selling CZ (or fancied up CZ).
Post # 5
Thanks for posting this RayKay! I really really wish they had announced this just a few months before they did… I would have jumped on one of these.
Post # 6
That’s pretty neat. Thanks for sharing.
Post # 7
I’ve been looking at diamonds for my ring for several months with my partner’s input, and we’ve agreed that we both prefer the ethical and environmentally sustainable nature of lab-created diamonds. Plus we think science is pretty cool and it’s amazing the things technology can do! When I first started looking in January 2012, Gemesis was the only real name out there for white/colourless lab-grown diamonds, and they weren’t selling them at that time. In March their online store went live, and not long after I discovered three more sources of lab-created diamonds. Be sure to check them all out, because there’s a fair amount of variation in stock and pricing right now: Gemesis http://gemesis.com, D.NEA Diamonds http://d.neadiamonds.com/lab-created-diamonds/White-Diamonds, Brilliant Earth http://www.brilliantearth.com/lab-created-diamonds/, and Chatham (which isn’t selling online but lists its stores) http://chatham.com/.
I haven’t made my choice yet but I plan to very soon!
Post # 8
Just to follow up as promised, here is a pic of Mr. Sparkles in all his glory! I ended up buying the diamond from D.NEA; they had the best colour compared to the other sites I listed above. This guy is 0.54ct, F, VVS1 and Very Good, according to GIA. We had it mounted at a local jewellery store and when I checked the loose diamonds on their site, they were charging a third more for an equivalent stone. I’m very happy with it!
Post # 9
for anyone interested, pricey though, like natural diamonds though!