(Closed) Lab created diamonds – Brilliant Earth? Opinions?

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

@Claire324:  Brilliant Earth is an extremely reputable brand. 

however, do know that just becasue it’s lab created does not mean it’s going to be flawless. there are different clarities, just like with mined diamonds. also from my research it seems that lab created are pretty expensive since they haven’t really perfected the process yet.  so if it’s inexpensive, I’d be weary. 

since you are open to lab created, have you looked into moissanite? it has lots of fire and is more reasonably priced. you could order a loose stone and then take it to a local jeweler to set it. if you wanted, you could even find one that uses recycled metal. 

another lab created stone that is very nice is white or blue sapphire. those are very affordable, although white sapphires don’t have fire like diamonds. they are very pretty though. 

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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@outofideas:  I honetly think an extra $300 is worth it. Diamond will always go up in value… I don’t think lab created diamond will ever be.

Post # 34
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Busy bee

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@outofideas:  Well now I’m worried! I’m from Aus, mine is .92… 1.3 tcw…

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Lol,I just had to comment because of the mention of major up-pricing in Australia. My fiance is Aussie, and when he first came here to the U.S. he was shocked at how “inexpensive” everything is. And, I was over here whining about prices lol! I don’t ever complain about prices anymore. πŸ˜›

Post # 36
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Blushing bee

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@FemShepN7:  Haha, wow. That is awesome πŸ™‚ I am on the younger side though, so I think that would be a large part of it. Plus, I have pretty small fingers (J). I tried a .75 and it looked huge on me haha. I was just curious because I always thought it was an age/life stage thing, but then I realised none of my relatives have ‘big’ ones either. Some people I’ve spoken to don’t know the difference between 1ct centre and 1tcw. 

Like the creepy internet stalker that I clearly am, I looked up a previous thread you started for Aussie engagement rings and have to say I love yours πŸ™‚ I’m hoping for something similar (will probably be a year or two yet, due to age- doesn’t stop me from looking!). 

 

Also, I’m surprised how big they all seem on that thread! Guess it is just my group then lol.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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@outofideas:  haha, I’m pretty sure the internet was invented so we can stalk others easier πŸ˜€ 

 

SO and I had been together 8.5 years before getting engaged, and we’re both now 29. So that’s probably part of it. πŸ™‚ He got my ring from Blue Nile after looking at retail stores in Aus and realising it can be quite expensive for us Aussies. I do know that my mum and her generation don’t have very big carat sizes etc.

 

Post on my Aussie thread when you do get engaged!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Edit: Also, I have size 7 fingers (and since I’ve lost weight recently, might even be really 6.5) and larger rings always suited me. I wish I had smaller fingers!!!!

Post # 38
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Blushing bee

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@FemShepN7:  Lol, too true πŸ™‚

Also, I am only 21 (together for 5 years) so we want to wait another year or two before getting engaged, just so we aren’t crazy young haha. I’m actually really surprised the number of friends who are already engaged. Crazy stuff :O but it would definitely explain the difference in sizes. And like you said, I don’t think the older gen has bigger rings either, even when they’ve remarried seemingly. Also, Aussie everything is so marked up! You don’t even realise it til you look at US prices. We will probably go with Blue Nile/James Allen. Or maybe even Amora Gem if its available πŸ™‚

 

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

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@evangeladanae:  Oh yeah, it is incredible. Makeup that I consider upper end drugstore foundation ($30-40) is considered a cheapie $20 one in US (Revlon). And SO bought me a kitchenaid last Christmas for $800, in US it is I think half that. No wonder OP is buying online haha πŸ™‚

That said though, we have much higher min wage and average earnings etc, so there is that.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

havere have you thought about an amora gem?

Post # 41
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Busy bee

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@AquariusLove:  Seconded. I got my wedding band from moco – it’s beautiful! It goes with my diamond e ring really well too. I think that would be a good alternative for OP – probably cheaper too.

Post # 42
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Blushing bee

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@AquariusLove:  Thirded. A .75ct or 1ct amora is less than $600 on betterthandiamond. Duty to import to NZ (where there is no patent) is under $200 NZD and a mail forwarding service is leass than $50 NZD. And then since it is under $1000, there’s no tax for bringing it into Aus. Much cheaper option, provided it appeals to OP. I think they’re lovely.

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I don’t know if this has been mentioned or if you’re adamant about a diamond, but have you considered moissanite? It is an affordable alternative to diamonds and people have raved about them. I started researching them and fell in love and my SO is actually ordering one for me (hopefully). 

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