Lab Created Diamonds vs. Natural

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Busy bee

I will have a mined diamond (after it comes in and he officially proposes) only because I wanted an antique cut stone. I wouldn’t have minded a lab diamond at all if I wanted a modern cut.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I have a 1.11 carat I color VVS1 ideal cut lab diamond. I absolutely love it. The cut is just amazing and it sparkles so well in so many kinds of light. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

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lovetwoloveme :  It’s a 1.4 carat, I color, VS2 clarity, excellent cut.  I wear a size 5. 🙂

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Here’s my Lightbox lab diamond, it’s .85 carats on a size 9. No regrets about going with lab grown.

 

Post # 20
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Helper bee

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lisjustwaits :  Lab diamonds are still priced way too high. Only getting a 50% price cut for a synthetic stone, to me, does not warrant the purchase. They should be 25% of the cost at best. And once the synthetic diamond bandwagon gets underway, and more companies jump in, the price will go down substantially, as will any value.  I would be very upset if I spent $4000 for a lab grown, only to find out a year later that they are on mass production, and its now only worth $1200. At least my mined diamond will continue to hold its value.

As for anyone who is arguinging its etically sourced.. you can believe there is much by-product and waste during the process. You also shouldnt have a cell phone if your argument for not buying a mined diamond is that its bad for the environment. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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twright4770 :  As it stands, mined diamonds rarely actually maintain their value unless you get an investment diamond. And yes, you’re right, lab diamonds are at best 50% of the cost of a mined diamond and that will continue to fall. But right now, when I got engaged, that’s still 50% less than mined diamond and that much in savings. Some lab diamond vendors have good upgrade policies as well. So if that’s important to someone, their lab diamond absolutely will retain its value. 

Personally, while yes, the “where did my diamond come from and how many suffered to bring it into sellable existence” absolutely matters, I also don’t see the point in spending $8k for something that I can get for $3k when the only difference between them is the origin. (Those numbers come from my search after I bought my lab diamond, I then searched through James Allen got mined diamonds with the exact same specs..they ranged from $6k to $8k).

Post # 22
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Busy bee

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twright4770 :  It’s not that mined diamonds are bad for the environment; the issue is that there’s slave labor involved. And the people who profit from that slave trade tend to be warlords in conflict-torn nations.

Mined diamonds don’t hold their value either. If you tried to sell it, you’d have to sell it for less than you paid for it, because it is now a used diamond.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

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hypersaurusrex :  That is my logic exactly. I guess I’ve also never been worried about resale value because I don’t intend to upgrade or sell so to me it’s more important that I like it and to my partner the cost savings was a huge plus given I didn’t care much either way. But I’m also someone who cares a lot less about rings in general. I wanted it to be something pretty that matched my style and I enjoyed wearing every day, but that’s about it.

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee

We all like and want what we like and want. Call me crazy, but never will I want a lab grown diamond.  No matter how many claim that they are the perfect, and identical stone, they really are not. And just like everyone screams all mined diamonds are blood diamonds that someone certainly died for, they are not. Get what you want, be happy, and live and let live.  

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

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twright4770 :  how are lab diamonds not identical to mined diamonds??? They literally are. If you don’t like them for whatever reason that’s fine. But you cannot dispute the fact that lab diamonds ARE 100% diamonds. Both are made of carbon. That’s it. One is compressed in the earth while the other is compressed in a lab. 

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper

I do agree that lab diamonds are still waaay over priced. They are mass produced in a lab, there is no reason for them to cost thousands of dollars. They have been piggy backing off the jacked up diamond prices for years now. In fact, a few years ago they were only 20-30% cheaper! I’m actually very happy to see the prices dropping, and making them more affordable, and think they will continue to drop in price (and increase in size!). 

Personally I think there’s something special about a stone that took mother nature a million years to make, so I prefer mined over lab diamonds. But I also don’t dispute that lab diamonds are diamonds. They aren’t simulants (moissanite/CZ) or fake diamonds. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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twright4770 :  I get that. For some people, lab diamonds just aren’t “mind clean” for them. As in, it will always be in their mind that it’s from a lab, not from the earth. I will, however, dispute the “they are not an identical stone,” with the caveat that lab diamonds do have different types of inclusions than mined. Lab diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically diamonds. They handle light performance the exact same way as mined diamonds. They are equally as hard as mined diamonds. They are diamonds (not hardened cubic zirconia, moissanites, or white sapphires.) I do 100% agreee with you as far as, get what you want, be happy, and live. You are the one who has to wear the ring, best get what will make you happy. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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jellybellynelly :  Heh, and I like that my diamond was created “just for me” using modern science! I’ve heard them compared to IVF babies vs natural conception (I’m TTC, so if that offends you, I’m sorry…it just seems like an apt comparison)

Post # 29
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Helper bee

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dobby98 :  Read again sister. I never said they WEREN’T diamonds.  They arent identical.. colors, inclusions, etc.. go find some good info and read up.

Post # 30
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Helper bee

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hypersaurusrex :  created just for you if you count using a mold or press that pushed out a few other hundreds/thousands of stones “just for you”  

 

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