(Closed) Lab Created Stones: Thoughts?

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Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I love gemstones and the lab ones are so beautifully perfect I find it kinda weird that flawless mined stones are worth a fortune, but a scientist in a lab makes the exact same thing down to the molecular level and it’s worth relatively little. 

 

I think its stupid as all hell BUT i’m not complaining XD As long as people keep valuing mined stones the price of the lab stones will stay low which is fine with me XD

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Other than some low quality lab grown sapphires & rubies I’ve seen in chain stores, I really like them all.

 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d take any stone if it was given to me (LOL) but I genuinely prefer lab stones.  DH1 was completely against anything lab created and always bought me natural sapphires and diamonds, and they were lovely…but my lab created sapphires are just more crisp because there are no imperfections.  It has nothing to do with ‘getting a bigger size for less’, because when I want something, I find a way to have it.  If I wanted natural stones, I’d have them.  The price is just a nice bonus.  Now that I’ve become more educated on lab created stones and simulants, I will most likely never buy a diamond again, and Fiance knows NOT to buy me diamonds when I’d rather have a Moissy or an Asha.  

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Do you have a natural stone or a lab-created stone?  My stone is a mined diamond, but heat treated to make the natural black a jet black.

Did you choose it for looks, ethics, budget? My fiance picked it (it was a huge surprise) my favorite color has been black since the end of elementary school.  It was very reasonably priced and we were on a budget.  My ring was a good $100 or so cheaper than his budget.  (I grilled him after I said yes on what his budget was and how much he spent.  Later I found the reciept, so I know he didn’t lie.)

Did you choose a natural stone?  Why?  I wanted a real mined diamonds, because that felt like a diamond to me.  But the fact that it’s heat treated doesn’t bother me.  The ring isn’t about monetary value, it’s about us.  It’s beautiful, by the way.

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a question about this too, maybe you bees can help: What to they mean when they say “untreated?” Aren’t all man-made stones heat treated?? I thought that was the way they got their color … Am I wrong on this? Also, does anyone have a picture of a lab created stone next to its “natural” counterpart? I am very curious about the questions OP has as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 37
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Worker bee

Im not engeged, but I do love rings and own both real and fake pieces. I have several “real” diamond pieces given to me as gifts, however, Ive never bought myself a real diamond. I cant afford it, and think lab created diamonds, or CZ’s look just as beautiful. Ive purchansed myself several cz stack rings (clear and colored) and to be quite honest, I dont think you can tell the difference compared to my real diamond jewelry. So when my SO and I do take the next step and get engaged, Ive told him, Im not opposed to owning a diamond nexus, or asha. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 38
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Worker bee

@wrkbrk:  Ill go take a pic of some of my real rings next to their created counterpart ๐Ÿ™‚ one sec!

Post # 39
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Worker bee

The one furthest down on my thumbs is natural, the top one is created.
The garnet ring is natural, the ear ring is created.
The three rings clumped together are natural, the huge ring by its self is created (a joke from SO :P)
 

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@wrkbrk:  The colors in many stones are not necissarily caused by heating, but by the chemical makeup and crystaline structure. Crystals are really not “made” as in a manufacturing process, but grown by creating a solution with a specific chemical makeup and exposing it to a specific heat and temprature to get the crystals to grow.

However, many times the color can be enhanced by heat treating. A good example is lab created topaz. After a blue topaz is grown in the lab, it is often treated with radiation to give it that super dark color that qualifies it as a “London Blue.” So even after the initial growing process, there can be an additional treatment to enhance color either darker or lighter depending on the gemstone. 

Lab created stones and natural stones have the exact same chemical makeup and crystaline structure. Usually lab created stones are easier to spot just because they are so perfect, especially in a larger stone. The only inclusions on lab created stones tend to be very very slight feathering.

That being said, I am a huge fan of lab created stones. As a geologist, I have serious ethical issues with many of the mining practices to obtain natural gemstones beyond the conflict cost. Many of the mining operations are in countries with little to no oversight on the environmental impact. Lab created gems keep minerologist and chemists employed! Go science!

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Natural and only natural. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have natural diamonds and natural ruby. I am just not into lab created stones. Their perfection is too artificial; although they are beautiful they are not for me.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Lab stones are awesome.  I don’t even like rubies and the new BTD H&A rubies had me making grabby hands at the computer.

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lab grown everything forever. I don’t even want to own a natural diamond. (I think my black diamond is natural but treated… didn’t have a say but it comes from a space rock so that’s just as cool.) Ethics, budget, and I think science is cool. ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 45
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Bumble bee

My ring has a natural diamond and lab-created sapphire side stone. I’m a strong an vocal advocate of lab-created gemstones. They are the same chemincal composition and more perfect stones than their natural counterparts. It’s much, much easier to find nearly perfectly semmetrical settings as well, a charecteristic that was important to me for my particular setting. 

 

Particularly with gemstones, I will never, ever buy a natural stone again.

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a natural sapphire in my engagement ring because I honestly didn’t know or care if it was natural or lab-created when I picked out the ring–I just wanted a Claddagh ring with gemstones and a matching wedding band, and when I saw this one, I knew it was the ring I had to have!  Even though I love the ring, I hate the fact that it has an inclusion so big and obvious (even to the naked eye) that I actually thought it was a scratch before I went to a jeweller who told me that it’s an inclusion.  The sapphire is also darker than I’d like it to be.  I’m a perfectionist so even though I embrace differences in living things, I prefer perfection in objects and my possessions, especially my jewelry!  This is why I’m glad that my husband also gave me a ruby ring with a lab-created ruby!  I love the fact that my ruby has no such imperfections to annoy me like the inclusion in my sapphire does and it has a much more vibrant color as well.  Like I said, I love my engagement ring and it IS a beautiful ring, but I can’t help feeling that my lab-created ruby is a prettier stone than my natural sapphire.  From now on, I’d rather have lab-created stones, and why not if they’re chemically the same as natural stones but cost so much less despite having the aesthetic perfection that so many of us crave?  It would cost a lot more than we can afford to get a natural ruby of the same quality (and size).  The mining issue that other bees are talking about is also something for me to think about from now on.

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