Lab Created Diamond VS Natural Diamond

posted 1 year ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

krissymichelle070 :  I have a lab diamond and I LOVE IT. It is exactly as a real diamond in every way! It tests as a real diamond and many jewlers cannot tell the difference between a alb diamond and a mined one.

One thing I really like about it (besides the price) is that I’m positive it is conflict free. Thats something that was really important to me. 

But I’ve never thought my diamond was ‘less than’ in any way. I just love it so much! Included a picture so you could see it 🙂 It really does look just like a mined.

diamond!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

A lab created diamond IS a real diamond. It is the exact same thing as a mined diamond, but without the environmental footprint and human rights violations. The idea that a ring is “less” of an engagement ring because the stone it holds wasn’t dug out of the earth is absurd. 

Mine is a lab diamond and it is spectacular! My fiance was able to get a higher quality stone for a lower price, while also having the assurance that the stone was ethically sourced. Knowing all the advantages, I honestly can’t understand why anyone would even consider a mined diamond if a lab diamond is an option for them. There is absolutely NO logical reason to choose a mined diamond over a lab one.

This picture doesn’t really do it justice, TBH. Most of my friends are married or engaged and honestly, my stone is the clearest one I’ve seen.

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Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

krissymichelle070 :  Its a beautiful style! Like I said, I adore my lab diamond. We were able to get a .80 ct (1ct with the halo), VS1 clarity, G color and the price was SO affordable!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Lab created diamonds are real diamonds! They even come with a grading report that shows carat size, color, cut, and clarity. I have a lab diamond from Brilliant Earth and I love it. We took it to a jewelery store to have it tested with a diamond/moissanite tester, and it tested as a diamond.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

krissymichelle070 :  Both lab diamonds and mined diamonds are real, natural diamonds. The only difference is that a lab diamond is created by replicating and speeding up the natural process that produces diamonds. The end result is an absolutely identical chemical make up and visible product.

The correct terminology to use is “lab diamond” and “mined diamond”. “Natural diamond” is an incorrect way to differentiate them, as they are both “natural”. It’s like saying that a plant grown using a hydroponic or other sophisticated system is somehow different or less natural than one that grew in the wild.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Huntsville, AL

Whether something is lab grown, a gemstone, whichever, it doesn’t make it any less of an engagement ring if that is what you use it for. 🙂 A lab diamond is chemically the same as a natural diamond, the only thing you lose is the premium price from mining. 

That being said, go for 1) what you love 2) what you can afford

Post # 11
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Helper bee

 I would much rather have a lab diamond than a mined diamond because of ethical reasons and the price tag. Some how it feels like cheating though and I don’t know why I can’t get passed that mentally. Your rings are all SO gorgeous!! Any advice on how to get over the mental road block of *thinking* its not a “real” diamond??

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Yes, a lab diamond is a great idea! Just be aware that lab diamonds can’t be upgraded later, as per my jeweler. That I believe is the only downfall. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

We looked at lab next to natural and the sales lady even let me take them outside to look in the sunlight.  There is zero difference.  The lab diamond actually looked sparkliest to my naked eye.  I asked my SO for a lab diamond.  I love that he’ll save money and I get to have the ring of my dreams for less.  

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I wouldn’t want a lab diamond, but I do see all of the benefits of them (same with Moissanites, and other gemstones).  It’s really comes down to personal preference.

If you can get your dream ring with the lab diamond, I recommend going that route! 

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I love my very real, lab grown diamond. Conflict free was a big deal for me, not to mention I love science and science made my beautiful ring.

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