Post # 1
Does anyone have a lab created diamond that they’ve had for a while now.? My boyfriend and I have been looking at engagement rings. I know what style I want, but the price tag is a little much. We started to consider a lab created diamond instead to save a bit of money. I’m open to a lab created diamond, as it would have less environmental impact. I’m just wondering if anyone has one and can tell me if they’re happy with it. Also, where did you purchase it. We started to look at Quorri online, but then I heard some negative reveiws.
We’re not interested in simulated diamonds, which are pretty much cubic zirconias. There’s a big difference. Lab created diamonds are pretty much the same as natural diamonds, supposedly, they just are man made in a lab. If I understand correctly, they are pretty much the same in terms of their properties.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Post # 2
smittee27: Hi! I wanted to give you some advice on “lab-created” diamonds. I’m not sure what cut or size you’re looking for, but lab-created diamonds are more expensive that natural mined diamonds and are only available in smaller carat weights as well as only round cuts.
Quorri, like Diamond Nexus, are just CZs that are marketed as lab-created diamonds. There’s no carbon in them at all, which is what makes a diamond, a diamond.
My suggestion to you is to buy a diamond or diamond ring from an estate sale or pawn shop. That way the diamond isn’t impacting the environment. You could also check out gemstone engagement ring, Blue Nile Diamonds, Brilliant Earth, or Moissanite which is a lab-created stone that is composed of Silcon Carbide (SiC). The carbon that is present in this gemstone will often make traditional diamond testers test Moissanite positive as a diamond.
While Moissanite is a very gorgeous stone and may appear similar to a diamond, it is not a diamond by any means, so this route may not make you happy, but this stone will last a lifetime and is almost as hard as a natural diamond.
Also, consider looking in to companies that used recycled metals for their settings, as metals are more unethically sourced than diamonds and have a larger impact on the environment!
Hope this helps you, let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t know a lot about it myself except that there are a lot of companies out there marketing themselves as “lab created diamonds” that are not actually lab created diamonds. They are actually variants of CZ. Diamond Nexus for example sells diamond simulants, not lab created diamonds. You can find a lot of info on this site about the Amora Gem and Moissanite which might work out for you. Seems like those are getting the best reviews around here for diamond like stones that aren’t as expensive.
Post # 4
I wanted to make an edit to my post. Lab-created diamonds have come a long way as far as cuts and carat weights available, but they still cost the same if not more than natural diamonds. Just wanted to clarify that!
If you’re still looking for lab-created diamonds, Brilliant Earth offers both lab-created and natural 🙂
Post # 5
Quorri sells cz! Brilliantearth.com sells real lab created diamonds.
Post # 6
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smittee27: I have 3 rings that have blue lab created diamond. They’re not engagement rings just fashion rings. I personally like them alot. Just make sure that you take them off when getting xrays done And when passing through the machine at the airport. I was told that they can loss a bit if color.I have mines them for 3 years. They were cheaper than natural diamonds but I’m not sure if that depends on where you buy them.
Post # 7
Don’t have one but if I were in the market I’d go with brillant earth or gemesis diamonds to get one. They are the real deal. If they were making larger lab-created diamonds prior to me going towards asha and AG, I would have gone with them.
Post # 8
First off, I wouldn’t say all sims are basically CZs… More than enough Bees can tell you otherwise. Some stones typically lumped into the “sim” category have attributes SUPERIOR to diamonds.
That said, I also wouldn’t expect to save a boatload on a lab-created diamond. I am philosophically opposed to the diamond industry but boyfriend has been more opposed to sims. We were looking at lab created diamonds for a bit but they cost more than comparable ethically mined diamonds when you hit the 1.5 carat+ point.
Post # 9
Consultette: + 100
But OP is right that groups like Quorri and Diamond Nexus who say they are lab-created diamonds are actually just CZ. Other sims like moissante, asha, and amora gem are in a class of their own. Oh and let’s not forget Wink and Chris CZ. They may have CZ but they are in a league of their own.
Post # 10
I just went with a diamond ring from an ethically sourced jewelry house. If you’re concerned about cost then id get one thats pre-loved.
Post # 11
smittee27: I disagree with some of the PPs – lab created diamonds are certainly not more expensive than mined diamonds (of equal characteristics, of course), definitely DO come in colours high on the colour scale (D/E/F), and can be found over 1-1.5 cts.
Check out gemesis or DNEA diamonds.
The only thing that stops me is the fact that GIA and AGS won’t certify the diamonds, so cut quality might be difficult to assure when buying online. Also colour grades mightn’t be as strict..
Post # 12
Thanks so much everyone! Your comments really helped.
@peacock0320: Thanks so much for the information. I’ll pass this onto my boyfriend. I think he’ll be a little more cautious when looking for a lab created diamond. Although, I’m thinkig, based on all of the comments that we might end up going with a natural diamond. I do like Brilliant Earth because they are ethically sourced. My friend got her engagment ring there (a blue sapphire) and it was beautiful. I’m looking for a halo, princess cut.
We both want it to be a ring that will hold its value and that we can pass onto our kids, so I think we’ll go with the natural diamond .
Post # 13
smittee27: Awesome choice! They use recycled metals there too so you I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about. I’m sure your ring will be beautiful and will last many generations! 🙂
Post # 14
smittee27: That’s a fantastic choice. Blue Nile is another option with a very stringent ethical sourcing policy.