Post # 1
So, I was browsing Brilliant Earth and I noticed they have quite a few lab-created blue diamonds and the prices (at least at the sizes I’m looking at) seem comparable to natural sapphires of the same size.
However, I’ve read way too much on grading practices and the fact that their diamonds are graded by IGI makes me nervous that I won’t be getting what I think I am. On the other hand, even if that’s the case, does it really matter? I’m not a jeweler or gemologist. I’m not looking for an investment, just a ring that makes me happy.
Other bees who considered or went with Brilliant Earth, especially with a lab-created stone, what did you think of the quality?
Post # 2
I have a lab grown diamond as a center stone. Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds so same quality as any diamond with those specs. My only problem is my lab grown center diamond has better color and clarity than the two side mined diamonds. narolepsy :
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2021 - Schoharie, NY
I had the same thought. I still wonder if the color is accurate (F color) because in some lighting it seems closer to G or H, but in others it seems accurate. Either way, I think it’s worth it. I love it!
Post # 4
I’m so glad I came to this thread! Your ring is STUNNNNING!!!
Post # 6
Ohh I have a Brilliant Earth lab diamond and I can honestly only say positive things about the quality of Brilliant Earth’s lab created diamonds 😀 It is SUPER sparkly and in sunlight, the fire and sparkles distractingly blind me (in a good way lol)! I see that you’re looking for a blue diamond, which totally sounds drool-worthy!
I did my research too and had the same reservations regarding IGI. That’s why I made sure my lab diamond was graded by GCAL (which also has helpful light performance information), but I think with fancy coloured diamonds, Brilliant Earth might only use IGI — which honestly is probably fine if you’re looking for a coloured diamond. The complaint I hear the most with IGI is that they overscore the for colour (e.g., they’ll rate a certain diamond as an I when it might be closer to J or K) — but if you’re looking for a coloured diamond in the first place, it should be fine. Just make sure you look at the video closely!
My Brilliant Earth lab diamond <3 Don’t know why the pic came out sideways!
Post # 7
Thanks for the reassurance! Now I just have to break it to my boyfriend that I want a diamond after all, albeit a lab-created, relatively small one, lol
Post # 8
As another bee mentioned, Brilliant Earth has GCAL certified lab diamonds. Based on my research, GCAL certifications are more reliable than IGI. You can filter for GCAL certs using the advanced filter. Good luck!!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2020 - Orlando, FL
When I first started looking at rings I wanted a moissanite until I saw the lab created diamonds at brilliant earth. My fiancé bought me a pear in the color H and I see color in it from time to time, however pears tend to show color more anyway. I love my diamond and get tons of compliments on it! I have the linden setting and looove it
Post # 10
Can I ask what size your pear is, it looks perfect! I’m looking at a pear lab created in a halo set from BE paigeyhix :
Post # 11
BE’s lab diamonds can be certified by GIA, IGI, GCAL. Boyfriend and I found a BE wedding set on eBay that has GIA cert. I’m taking it today to a jeweler to have it appraised, and then resized if it all checks out. So far I’m very impressed by the quality of the diamonds even though I can’t be certain until a jeweler looks at it.
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Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2020 - Orlando, FL
it’s .82 on a size 7 finger! Here’s a closer picture
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2020 - Austin, TX
I recieved a IGI cert lab diamond from brilliant earth. .85 H and it is spectacular! Always bright white and sparkly as all get out! I almost let him go with a lower quality diamond just so I could have something bigger but boy am I glad I didnt!
Post # 15
I got a GCAL certified BE lab diamond and I love it! Mine is I color and it does have a soft buttery color in certain lighting situations, but overall, it is quite white, bright, and sparkly.