(Closed) Lab Created Vs. Natural Stones

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What would you prefer?
    Traditional Diamond E Ring? : (23 votes)
    53 %
    Lab Created imitation stone? : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Lab Created alternate stone? : (8 votes)
    19 %
    Another naturally occurring stone? : (9 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    For some, I think it is the cost factor.  For others, I think it is the ethical factor.

    Post # 5
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    2603 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have a lab-created diamond, so this is up my alley!

    1. A lab-created diamond IS a diamond. It is chemically identical. That’s why it’s referred to as a diamond and not moissanite or CZ or another name. The phrase “synthetic” makes it sound like it’s not real, but I assure you–man-made and natural are the same, it’s just one came out of the ground and one was produced in a lab. The only way that they can tell the difference is a) sometimes the lab-created diamonds are SUPERIOR in quality because they are able to do that in a lab and b) the diamond trade has demanded that lab-grown gems have a micro-identifier as such. And you need a loop to see that. 

    2. Cost is NOT generally a consideration except if the choice is a colored diamond. The reason is that first of all, lab-grown diamonds are not cheap and oftentimes, not even cheaper than their natural counterparts. 

    However, it is easier to grow a colored diamond in a lab than to find one in nature; therefore, colored diamonds do tend to be cheaper (and more plentiful) if they are lab-grown. The opposite is true of white diamonds–which are more difficult to grow in a lab than are found in nature, so the cost there will probably end up being a wash. 

    3. The other reason why cost isn’t usually a consideration is the fact that lab-grown diamonds are popular (particularly white) and for that reason, it can take a really, really long time to get your hands on one–DH started the process of looking for one and it took 6 MONTHS to actually get one delivered. If you want a white lab-grown diamond, chances are you will be put on a waiting list. 

    4. Another consideration is that unless you want to wait forever and pay out the ying-yang, right now they aren’t having the best success at growing white diamonds much larger than .5 ct. They can do it with colored stones, but If you are hoping for a 1ct. or larger, it might be tricky to get lab-grown. And then, because it’s difficult to do, it’ll be quite expensive. 

    5. I can’t speak for others, but for us, yes, it was an ethical concern. I don’t want to engage in a political debate, but generally, for most people, these concerns extend to human rights, environmentalism, poverty, racism, and war–we felt that if we are talking about a luxury item that’s not a necessity, we should support and celebrate a technology that encourages change in the production (sort of the “grow meat on trees” argument). 

    6. But the other side of it is that we just thought the technology was cool! We liked that it’s sort of futuristic and to us, it’s got a rarity factor that’s actually true–as opposed to the line that the natural diamond trade tries to sell you (diamonds are not, in fact, actually rare in nature). 

     

    Hope that answers your questions!

    Post # 6
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have a moissanite e-ring. I like the look of a clear, sparkly stone, but I have never been particularly attached to diamonds. At the end of the day, my reasons are:

    • I prefer the look of moissanite to diamond.
    • I love science and technology, and I like knowing my stone was created by a person in a lab coat. The sentiment and romance around natural stones coming from the earth doesn’t appeal to my sensibilities.
    • Cost. We could afford a diamond with similar specs. However, I’d rather put the 7k or so we saved toward other endeavors, like the house we just purchased! 

    I think diamonds and other stones from the earth (emeralds, moonstones, rubies, etc.) are beautiful, but their lab created counterparts and alternatives provide the same looks and features with a lot of benefits, both cost and ethics-related. Everyone has their reasons for choosing one over the other, and it’s definitely a very personal decision. I wouldn’t be happy with a mined stone, and I’m sure there are a lot of ladies who would be upset with a lab-created stone. 

     

    @BothCoasts:  That’s so cool that you have a lab-created diamond! 

    Post # 9
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    5199 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Well, I like moissanite the best! Moissanite is also a natural gem, but has not yet been found in large enough quantities to sell as gems. So, lab created it is. It has the same properties as natural moissanite, but years of research have made it even better.

    I do like stones of all kinds despite my favourite being moissanite. I do not see lab created as “lesser” than natural. I think it is fantastic that gems can be created by science and human beings! I do love vintage diamonds (modern cuts are not so much for me), like OECs, and could afford one, but I do not really feel inclined to buy one unless I found a smoking deal on a great stone when I still love my moissanite even more. So a moissanite OEC I have – I was thrilled when they started cutting them! I have had or have lab created sapphires, natural sapphires, various garnets, rubies, topaz, citrines, pearls, lab created moissanite & natural diamonds. To me as long as it is beautiful, and pleasing to me, I like it.

    As a poster on another forum said recently her only questions are “does it sparkle and can I put it in a ring?”!

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @futuremrsmazhari:  You are very welcome! Who doesn’t like to talk about their e-ring ;)?

    Actually, I didn’t consider any other stones because I’m too picky and mercurial about colors (like, I’d worry about the ring “not matching” or something, although Duchess Kate has done a pretty good job with her gigantic sapphire!), but I also seriously love pearls and talked to Darling Husband about a pearl ring. 

    Of course, when I opened the ring box, I was happy and I loved the ring, but totally confused because we had talked about pearls and everything and there was a diamond. DH’s response was, “Wait, you were serious about that pearl stuff??” 

    (I think that while he might not admit it, Darling Husband was feeling some of the pressure to get his lady a diamond–a lot of men (irrationally, in our case) feel like they’ll be seen as cheap or something.)

    Post # 11
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @futuremrsmazhari:  Like I said, I think lab-created and mined stones are gorgeous. I would say my “ring crushes” on the boards are divided fairly evenly between mined and lab-created stones 🙂 I don’t speak for everyone with a lab-created stone, but I just never really got all the hype about getting a stone out of the ground. It’s a cool natural process, but I think stones being created by science are just as cool, if not cooler! To me, the stones are usually identicial, except for the origin and price. I like the origin and price on lab-created better, so lab-created stones for me! 😀

    Edit to echo RayKay’s sentiments; moissanite is aesthetically my favorite anyway, and it can only be purchased as lab-created!

    Post # 12
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    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I prefer lab created to natural always.  I know I’m in the minority.  I even chose a lab created sapphire for my ering.  My main reason was why pay more money for something that probably won’t look as good as the lab created stone?  Generally, lab created stones have better color and clarity than their natural counterparts.  Because they’re not as included, they can also be stronger, depending on what kind of stone you’re talking about.  I also like that lab stones are a greener choice. Another reason for my choice was because my stone came in a round brilliant cut, which, to my understanding, is not a standard round sapphire cut.  I also like that supporting companies that create these stones is encouraging innovation.

     

     I understand why some people prefer natural stones, but if chemically it’s the same as the natural stone, that’s good enough for me.  

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @futuremrsmazhari:  Moissy was originally found in a meteor, and they think it exists very deep in the earth.  🙂

    Post # 15
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @futuremrsmazhari:  I like your “hippy” tendencies, and I would probably do the same thing with a natural moonstone. After all, you need a moonstone to evolve a Clefairy to a Clefable! Sorry, I’ve played way too much Pokemon in my lifetime -_-

    Post # 16
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    5199 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @abirdword:  They know it exists in the earth. They have found it. Just not in large amounts. Some diamonds have also been found to have moissanite inclusions. Cool, eh?

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