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

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Post # 91
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@thesugarpop:  If I knew anything I absolutely would have requested a lab diamond! But it was almost 10 years ago so ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍โ™‚๏ธ. I have a mined diamond BUT it’s a second hand antique so that’s a little bit like recycling … right?! I’m 37.

Post # 92
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I was 28 when we got engaged and I have a natural diamond. My husband picked it but it’s what I would have picked for myself. Not sure what you consider “large” but the center stone is about a carat and the total ring is about 1.3. 

Post # 93
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2020

I’m 28 (27 when I got engaged), and we went with a lab diamond. Zero regrets and I’m still so enamored by it! 

Post # 94
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

I’m over 40 and when I got engaged over 20 years ago, my husband bought me a .50 carat earth mined diamond. I don’t think lab diamonds even existed for engagement rings back then. I will say that I prefer mined, but I do own several lab grown diamond rings and love them too. Come to think of it, I don’t know if moissanite was around in jewelry then.

Post # 95
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2022

I’m 32 and FH is 38.  We went with a natural mined diamond.  Although I don’t have anything against lab diamonds per se, natural diamonds hold much greater monetary value in terms of assets or resale.  I also feel like mined diamonds carry a sort of energy and essence that can’t be replicated no matter what (I know…..I’m weird LOL!)

Post # 96
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Bumble bee

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@confettihearts88:  It’s totally fine to prefer mined diamonds. But the idea that you somehow save money because they have higher resale value is misguided. Unless you have a very high carat size or it’s a fancy color, you lose half the value of a mined diamond  as soon as you buy it. Although you lose nearly all value in a lab diamond, because they’re so much cheaper you still lose more money buying a mined diamond.  Who cares about resale value if you still lose $3,000-$4,000 at least when you could have lost $1,000-$2,000.

Post # 97
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Newbee

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@yogahammy:  If you shop smart by purchasing from and selling at auctions, mined stones actually don’t lose value, and may even appreciate in value. This is a typical ring that has retained its estimated value (https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/the-weekly-edit-fine-jewels-paris-3/bague-saphir-et-diamants-sapphire-and-diamond-ring), whereas this is a ring that has appreciated by quite a bit (https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/fine-jewels-online-3/padparadscha-sapphire-and-diamond-ring)

Post # 98
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Bumble bee

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@Coppelia:  Yeah, because most people buy and sell their engagement rings on Sotheby’s. ๐Ÿ™„

Post # 99
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2022

@Coppelia:  unless you have something of historical significance or already rare colore, everyday diamonds are really not that rare. The rings you linked – to me look like they sold for less than if you were to buy it new today (great steal for whoever bought it). Maybe if we get famous enough for our own wiki page – good motivation to exceed in life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also keep in mind auctions can be picky and/or have a commission fee. My mother had a few antique vases and they would only take 1 of the 5 + charged a 15% of the sell price as commission. 

Post # 100
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Illinois

I am 23 and got engaged at 19! My husband had no idea about any stones except a diamond, and he wanted to get me one. I do prefer natural diamonds but I would love to have a few different types of stones, almost like a jewelry collection. Next to natural diamonds, I love pearls. 

Post # 101
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Newbee

I was 22 when I first got engaged and I chose a natural diamond. I’m now divorced (27 years old), but I would still choose a natural, mind diamond again. I agree with you though, I see so many large diamonds and stones on others, I think to myself moissanite and lab diamonds must be becoming more popular because such large rocks cost a pretty penny! I don’t see anything wrong with mossanite or lab created diamonds or stones as they’re great alternatives, but they’re just not my cup of tea. My personal preference is still a natural, Earth mind diamond ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 103
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2020

We went Lab created.  The ring was designed to mimic a golden snitch. I’m a Harry Potter fan.

I am 30 years old he is 33 because, the price is astronomically different if he would of gone with the diamond. The jewelry guaranteed life time guarantee. We figured we can always upgrade of we choose to. 

 

My ring is perfect I would never ever be able to tell. Given the fact it’s my ring and I plan to keep it forever. I don’t see the reason for diamond. I won’t be selling it.

Post # 104
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Busy bee

I bought my fiancée a mined diamond from Blue Nile, because it was easy and I could choose precisely the colour I wanted (had to be J)

Post # 105
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Bumble bee

I was engaged in my early twenties and have a mined diamond. 

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