Bees with diamonds! Did you go natural or lab (and your age?)

posted 7 months ago in Rings
Post # 61
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2021

Very interesting. Got engaged at 41 and my e-ring sports an earth created diamond. We talked about both and were in agreement that it was the energy for us. A couple of comments surprised me in that there was fear surrounding something that had been in the earth for millions of years – ethics aside – this is one of the reasons we chose it. But we’re also 420 friendly, grow food in our backyard and charge my crystals in a full moon before placing in my water. We wanted that energy. I’m also a Pisces and he’s a Star Wars fan…we can feel the force in this rock! It’s a 2.24ct asscher cut diamond (my bday being Feb 24) We just different, lol. I’d love my anniversary band to be lab created asschers to match, but do love the vibrations of the mined diamond. 

Post # 62
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@TenderMoni:  I am definitely on Team Lab but I looove all of this! Love your philosophy.

Post # 63
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2021

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@teainthemountains:  Thanks! Do you suggest any place in particular to peruse these fine baubles?

Post # 64
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@TenderMoni:  I did a quick search on Asscher wedding bands and it looks like James Allen, Brilliant Earth, and Blue Nile all have options! 

https://www.google.com/search?q=asscher+wedding+band&safe=active&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS924US925&sxsrf=ALeKk013p5mF_BjvJJrrNk0l3mLk19HCwQ:1610161645473&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjd5KLH743uAhVDV80KHXc4AMw4ChD8BSgBegQIDBAD&biw=1594&bih=1609

Though, I’m not sure if they are lab. Pretty sure they all do custom rings if you do want to go lab and/or create something more unique. MiaDonna also does custom jewellery on top of rings! I hope to do a custom pendant with them one day. 🙂

Post # 65
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Bee Keeper

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@thesugarpop: I’m 34, OH is 51, and I have a natural diamond; it’s a 1.04ct marquise, but quite ‘spready’, measuring 10.9×5.2mm (marquises don’t face up the same as round brilliants, for eg).

I wanted ‘natural’/mined over lab, and was ok with paying the premium.

That said, I have nothing against lab diamonds. Seen some awesome ones recently on IG!

Post # 66
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Bee Keeper

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@TenderMoni:  pics please! I LOVE aschers, especially in larger sizes

Post # 67
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

To me lab diamond is a no-no, we didn’t even consider getting lab, I’d rather choose a smaller size than for moissanite or lab lol but to each their own (I got engaged at 28)

Post # 68
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Bumble bee

Engaged at 29. 3ct natural diamond that hubby chose xo

Post # 69
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Sugar bee

Got engaged in my 30’s and my DH gave me a natural diamond. If I were to upgrade, it would also be a natural diamond. Nothing against lab diamonds, they’re just not for me…

Post # 70
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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@TenderMoni:  finally, someone who understands. Thank you.

Post # 71
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA

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@thesugarpop:  I went mined because I didn’t know lab was a thing….it may not have been 16years ago lol I’m 41 now got married at 25 and still have a mined diamond. I also have several moissanite rings and a lab diamond wedding band now that I sometimes wear so I’m not picky when it comes to this. I also have noticed the younger generation dabbling more into lab diamonds and alternative stones and think it’s great to see so many people showing their individuality! If they want bigger and this allows them to have that I say go for it!!!

Post # 72
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Blushing bee

I wanted a lab diamond for a few different reasons 1. The science amazes me 2. Who cares about resale value? This is MY ring and will be my ring. I don’t want to upgrade or have alternates in the future 3. If I could save us a few thousand why not? 

My future husband wasn’t sold though. He was concerned about the quality/durability. I explained all of my research (I did plenty) and sent him links and articles to do his own reading. I now have the MOST beautiful 1.3ct round diamond!

Post # 73
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Blushing bee

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@tess90:  out of curiosity why? 

Post # 74
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Arlington, Virginia

Got engaged two years ago at 34, with a Canadian/ethically sourced mined diamond (as much as anything that is stripped from the ground rather than recycled can be ethically sourced). We were totally open to a lab diamond, but we were looking for an asscher cut and weren’t finding any with the facet pattern and clarity we wanted. This mined stone was perfect! Just two years later there seem to be many more higher-quality lab stones available, and I’ve been very pleased with the other lab diamond pieces I’ve gotten.

Post # 75
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Blushing bee

I am 44 (just engaged 6 months ago) and chose a lab diamond.  I always wanted a fairly small (for WB standards) centre diamond for my three stone ring (the centre stone is 0.42) so it wasn’t so much about choosing a lab diamond to get the biggest size I could afford.  While I appreciate that I could get a lab diamond with amazing specs for less that half the price of a mined diamond, it was the peace of mind knowing that some poor person in Africa, Russia or the Northwest Territories of Canada wasn’t exploited for me to have one. Also it is more enviro-friendly than pit mines.

I know that even lab diamonds are not ethically or environmentally perfect, but it checked all of my ethical, financial and aesthetic boxes.  No regrets here.  I’m also just glad we have so many stone options now. 

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