(Closed) Labout Created Diamonds

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The only issue when you google “lab created diamonds” you get all sorts of stuff. Brillent Earth has real lab created diamonds. If conflict free is what your going for I think a real lab diamond would be the way to go.

Post # 3
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

BTD also has Takara diamonds, which are lab created! How about vintage/ antique diamonds? They might be more cost efficient.

Post # 4
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Several companies make lab grown diamonds, Pure Grown Diamonds (formerly Gemesis, and they no longer sell directly to the public, so you’ll have to find a jeweler that works with them), Brilliant Earth carries them, Takara is carried by Better Than Diamond (type IIA, colorless ones), and d.neadiamonds.com grows and sells their own, colorless and fancy colored. 🙂 

I don’t own any yet, as I’ve been ridiculously pleased with moissanite and amora gems, but I do have my heart set on a fancy blue diamond from d.neadiamonds.com in the next few years! 

Post # 5
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a lab-grown diamond. I *think* that mine is from d.neadimaonds, but I can’t be sure (I’m not the one who bought it!) Back then (6 years ago!) it was difficult to get a colorless (white) diamond larger than .5ct. because white diamonds are harder to grow (vs. colored/fancy which are easier to grow and harder to find in nature). Now, I think that the technology has improved such that it’s easier to get a lab-grown diamond (lgd) in a larger ct size. 

Technically, lgd’s are diamonds–they are chemically identical to diamonds found in nature, and graded in the same way (clarity, color, etc.) I say “technically” because as I understand it, there’s some slippage with the term “lab-grown” and some people think it means a diamond simulant, like CZ or moissanite or white sapphire (not that these aren’t veritable stones in their own right, but they are sometimes sold as diamond look-alikes), or even glass. If it is a true lab-grown diamond, then it is a diamond–and that should be reflected in the price. I don’t remember there being any price differential between a lgd and a mined diamond 6 years ago and I doubt there’s much of a price difference today in part because the market for lgd’s is pretty solid. But if you are looking at a 1ct “lab-grown diamond” and it’s like, $850, then you’re probably looking at a diamond simulant of some sort. 

Lgd’s are marked with a specific marking that can be seen under a microscope (or loup, maybe?–but not by the naked eye) which identifies it as lab-grown. That can affect its resale value; personally, I really think that’s just the mined diamond trade trying to protect its product and the “luxury” aspect to it, but some people are turned off by this fact.

We got the lab-grown diamond for ethical reasons as well, but if you dont’ wish to go that route, in general Canadian, Indian, and Australian diamonds have a reputation for being mined under much better conditions than diamonds that come out of Africa and the Middle East. Above all, avoid DeBeers. When we were last researching (so again, 6 years ago–take this for what you will), Harry Winston was a name that came up for ethical choices because they own their own mines and document every diamond.

Or, you know, go with something other than a diamond. The coolest engagment ring I ever saw was wood 🙂

Post # 6
3258 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have a lab ruby and absolutely love it. I adore that it’s truly conflict free and environmentally friendly. I find it amazing that it’s technically “perfect”, entirely free of inclusions. The color is so beautiful. If I was a diamond girl or ever become one, I’m definitely going lab! Mine is from Chatham. I can’t say for sure that they make diamonds but I don’t see why they wouldn’t, and I highly recommend them!

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