Post # 1
Do you regret getting a lab diamond? What made you want a lab one vs. earth? I am finding so many huge affordable lab diamonds, and it really makes me wonder. I have always thought I was an earth diamond person!! Any advice? If you have a lab diamond, do you tell people it’s lab, or omit that?
Post # 2
- Wedding: March 2020 - SF, CA
I have a lab diamond and love it. I will say, I was never really the girl who dreamt about an engagement or a wedding. When my husband and I got to the stage where we were talking about getting engaged, i went deep into researching rings for the first time in my life. When looking, I realized my tastes were very simple and that (for me) the idea of him spending thousands on a ring was unappealing. It didn’t seem like a good use of money so I was drawn to lab diamonds. We got the look I wanted for much less.
Also, I thought I would want a bigger diamond than I ended up with. I was looking in the 1.25ct – 1.5ct range because we could easily afford it, but when I tried rings on, I really liked a classic 1ct.
All this is to say that it’s a very personal choice and you should do what feels right for you and your fiancé. I am perfectly happy to tell people mine is a lab diamond because I think that’s a cool fact and I’m proud of my ring. I know some people feel differently. To each their own!
Post # 3
I love my lab diamond! I think a common misconception people fall under is that a lab diamond isn’t natural, most people think lab = synthetic and don’t know it is chemically and physically identical to a mined diamond. There are different ways to make lab diamonds (something I recently learned!) so that can impact how they look and what they cost. But I think also, the symbolism of a diamond as a rarity being formed in the earth is meaningful to some, which is totally valid.
Mine’s a HPHT lab diamond meaning it was made in the same conditions as mined stones are formed. My fiancé and I opted for lab because we couldn’t tell the difference between lab and mined side-by-side, and the lab option got us a bigger, whiter, clearer and all around better stone for our budget.
Definitely recommend seeing them in person if you have the opportunity to do so and learning more about how they are made!
Post # 4
I do not have a lab diamond, as they were not widely available when mine was purchased. However, if I were in the market today, I’d likely go with a lab diamond. As for telling anyone it was a lab stone, why would you bother? It IS a diamond, and telling people would only make them think “fake”” because a lot of people don’t understand that lab-made gems are identical in chemical composition to mined gems.
Post # 5
I love mine! I tried to attach a pic but my phone is being stupid. Definitely lab diamonds for me from now on.
Post # 7
I have a .61 carat F color VS1 excellent cut, polish and symmetry lab diamond from Brilliant Earth and it is stunning. It is so clear and sparkles so beautiful. You can’t tell the difference between an earth mined diamond and neither can a jeweler because it is a real diamond and I wouldn’t bother telling anyone it is lab grown.
Post # 8
My husband proposed with the traditional mined diamond engagement ring and I love that I have a natural diamond and that he picked it out. However, when it came time to purchase my dream solitaire with my dream diamond, it just made sense to spend substantially less and get a much larger high quality stone for our money. We spent under $2000 on my lab diamond and it would have cost $6000+ if it were mined. While there aren’t usually trade-in policies for labs, I intend to keep it and with the money we “saved” I hope to get at least one more lab diamond in my lifetime! 😅 My lab diamond doesn’t feel fake because it’s not, but it really is a personal preference – I have two mined diamonds and one lab and they’re all beautiful and sparkly! As for telling people it’s a lab, I’m not sure how or why it would ever come up, most people just see a rock and say “pretty!” 😅
Here are photos of my newest obsession ☺️
Post # 9
My first ring was an earth diamond. Now the second time around hahaha… I am all about getting a lab diamond. They are way cheaper and I can get a way bigger and nicer stone! Win win in my eyes! Haahah
Post # 10
how do you ensure you get a HPHT lab diamond?? Is it on the report!? I’m in the market for one and I want to make sure that’s what I get!
p.s. love your ring!
Post # 11
I chose a lab diamond! We went shopping before getting engaged and looked at different types of diamonds. Couldn’t tell the difference between the two and the price difference was amazing! In my mind a diamond is a diamond, didn’t think of lab vs earth differently. no ones every asked me if it’s lab or earth.
Post # 12
it depends on who issues the report, I think! We bought my diamond in person, in store from a local jeweler we trust. He taught us personally about lab vs mined, but he only stocks HPHT lab stones. I learned more about the other method CVD after the fact, and that HPHT is the older, more traditional method, so they take longer to make and are more pricey. Mine was graded by IGI – I don’t know much about the different report types, but I have heard IGI is good for lab stones because they offer more detail on cut and clarity which can be a factor between the types.
Post # 13
I had a .88 carat white round lab diamond from Lightbox reset from a pendant into my ring. If they offer larger sizes in the future, 1.25 or 1.5 carats, I would consider replacing my current stone with a bigger one. No regrets. I think it’s excellent quality for the price.
Post # 14
Lab diamond’s are a synthetic, meaning they share the same chemical properties ‘carbon’ as mined diamonds. You can only tell the difference with a microscope, although they are inventing new machines to differentiate between mined & lab because evaluating them is becoming a huge problem. Most are IGI graded and occasionally, you will see a GIA graded lab diamond as they are just starting to do it. A simulant is any stone that simulates a diamond and can even be a natural mined stone. These are moissanites, CZ, white sapphires, white zircon, etc.
I have a colored stone ring I just did and put two (.50 carat) lab diamonds on each side. Clarity is not as big of an issue with most lab diamonds and I have to say, they look even nicer then my older 2 carat round brilliant mined diamond. Mine are CVD, which is the new process. Companies seem to be selling a mixture of both. A lot of companies that are entering the market seem to be going with this process. I read about the difference between the two but I am not sure there is a difference in the final outcome. The process, efficiency and growth lines do seem to differ. There is quite a bit of information though if you just google it. Companies like Lightbox are selling CVD and they are all around a G and ungraded.
It is not a ‘fake’ diamond because it is a diamond so it is not a conversation you ever really have to have.
Post # 15
If I could do it over again, I would’ve gotten my 3 carat but lab created. When we got married almost thirteen years ago, I was doing my residency and not having any income, we opted for a simple but beautiful ring total cost around $2K. Last year I wanted to upgrade our rings and opted for a beautiful 3 carat stone mined diamond from Blue Nile, beautiful but a bit too big for daily wear. I’m an orthodontist and I have to change gloves at work constantly so I decided to get a 2 carat lab created to wear everyday. I didn’t want to wear the 3 carat one for work and risk having a broken prong. When I received the 2 carat lab created I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was and the cost was about 12% what I spent on the mined one. I REGRET getting the mined one, especially because if I was to re sell it I would be losing a big chunk of money!
Here is the picture, top one is lab created. Bottom is mined.