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

posted 9 months ago in Rings
Post # 76
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

Mine is a natural diamond and that is my preference. 

Post # 77
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Buzzing bee

Late 30s. I can understand the appeal of mined diamonds being a history buff – I love the idea of having something that’s so old. But. 

Mined diamonds are inflated and not rare at all. There are a number of ethical concerns about mining them. Lab diamonds are literally the exact same thing. Lab diamonds are also much cheaper, which was important to me because with paying for the wedding ourselves and purchasing things for our home at the same time I didn’t want to overspend. 

Honestly, I see zero reason to go with mined over lab unless you just like the appeal of something being mined from the earth. 

Post # 78
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Blushing bee

26 when engaged. Mined diamond – just my preference. 

Post # 79
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Helper bee

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@sleeksimple6:  Diamond miners in Canada are definitely not poor or exploited. Most make over $100,000 per year (with many making much, much more), and it’s considered a pretty high paying industry overall. Look up the salaries of Dominion or Rio Tinto on Glassdoor, for example, and remember that many are underestimates since people with higher salaries are usually more identifiable and don’t enter information on Glassdoor. It’s also considered the same in many other countries, and some countries rely on the industry for a large portion of their GDP—Botswana in particular. If the diamond industry disappears, Botswana as a whole is pretty screwed and major gains in human and economic development would be destroyed. Of course, terrible labour practices happens in some countries and with some companies, but miners are in no way universally exploited!

Post # 80
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Newbee

I just got engaged last year (26 yo) and we went with a mined diamond because I was able to find a jeweler that was holding an insane discount on their rings. Coupled with the size I wanted, my fiance was able to pay in full easily even though we’re both new to the workforce. When we hit our 10 year milestone, I’m planning to upgrade to a lab diamond!

Post # 81
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Newbee

I am in my 50’s. Millions of years ago, when I was young, my friends often did not get rings at all when they got engaged. If they did, they might get a .25 carat. One friend got a third of a carat, and we all thought it was massive! A coworker got a two carat, but it was bought for her by her father-in-law, not her spouse, as he was a student. At that time, the stone looked ridiculous. Eight years ago, my hubby gave me a 1 1/3 carat ring and I was in heaven! In March he gave me a 2 1/2 carat and it seems HUGE, but I’m an old lady and don’t care if others think it’s gaudy! For reference, I grew up in Florida and have lived in Alabama since my marriage. Rock those huge rings, ladies!

Post # 82
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I’m 35, and I chose lab diamond. Wanted something equally beautiful to mined diamond but less money. We want to move into a bigger home soon, and wanted to save a few thousand dollars on the stone. 

Post # 83
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2021

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@barbie86:  always ready to oblige! lol although i do want a smoky gray moissy – grey is my fave color and yes, i spell it both ways and don’t care, lol.

 

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Post # 84
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

For my actual engagement ring I used a mined diamond that was given to me by a family member. It had been my grandmother’s. I knew lower enlisted don’t make big bucks and that the 2 carat parti sapphire i drooled over for years wasn’t going to be cheap so we used the half carat inherited diamond. I was 28. I’m 32 now and still drooling over parti sapphires but I probably could not have one unless they start working on them in labs. So I have a lovely lab created sapphire I wear and like a ton in the diamond’s place, especially since right now it’s a half size too small and I don’t dare try to shove it down. I would not get it off again lol.

Post # 85
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@DappledDuchess:  Wow, I had no idea that parti sapphires existed! I just looked them up after reading your comment and they are gorgeous.

Post # 86
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

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@teainthemountains:  Ha! I know right? I love how many variations they can show up in too! I used to say blue sapphires only but when I found those. My heart was totally stolen and nothing else has compared.  Definitely hoping labs work on those in the next few years lol *drool*

Post # 87
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@DappledDuchess:  Definitely! I really hope that they figure it out in the future too because they are beautiful. I would love to have a parti sapphire pendant one day. Thank you for sharing about them!

Post # 88
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Newbee

 We’re 30 years old, and I got a 0.5c Canadian Diamond. I did not know he was ring shopping so this was his doing. My fiance put money into the fact that its Canadian and the amount of sparkle it has over the size and I’ll say I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything 🙂

Post # 89
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Late 30s when I got engaged. Mined Diamond. 

Post # 90
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2021 - Las Vegas

First engagement 37  2.1 ct K SI3 estate marquee natural 

Now 48 engaged 4 ct o/p SI2 round natural new with vintage warmth 

Stones are like men.  Choose what you love and don’t let anyone tell you who or what is right for you.  We assign value and what is special with our hearts.  

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