(Closed) Natural Stone vs Man-Made

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: If Given the Choice, Would You Want a Mined Stone?
    Yes, I would want a natural stone (explain why) : (77 votes)
    68 %
    No, I would want a man-made stone : (36 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Jade33:  I’d love to get a lab grown sapphire, apart from the cost – the gems come out almost flawless too. I’m looking to buy a yellow or blue lab sapphire but all the cuts I want are sold out. I have to wait for the next batch! Although sometimes the flaws give the gem some character – like with Emeralds.

     

     

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    lab grown OR antiques.  Because I try to be eco-friendly, and there is NOTHING eco friendly about the mining industry.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I voted that I would want a man-made stone but it really doesn’t matter to me either way though getting a lab created stone is more cost-effective especially since I’m a postgrad student

    I know a number of people take issue with lab created stones on the Bee with some going as far as to state that they don’t want something “artificial” to symbolize their relationship and that only mined stones are worthy of being passed down to future generations – which is a perspective that I just don’t get. Unless your ring in its entirety came out of the ground, then it’s technically man made Tongue Out And I have some seem some jewellery pieces with lab created stones which, if I owned them, I would be honoured to bequeath any future issue.

     

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Miss Circe:  I’m a little nerdy with gemstones – I used to collect stones as a little kid. I think the fact it was made in the lab is something “cool” to me. It takes weeks to make what nature does in millions of years! But yeah different strokes for different folks.

    Post # 7
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    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I like natural stones simply because of the way they look. I find the natural imperfections to be beautiful and I just can’t get that in a man-made stone. They’re pretty but not my taste. 

    ETA: I also prefer my natural stones to be completely unenhanced – no heating, treatments, anything! Just my preference. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Ms_Midori:  It is pretty cool isn’t it? I have to admit that I’m still learning about gemstones but the more I find out, the more I want to know.

    And I understand that different people have different preferences which is wonderful – we all have our own tastes and persional aesthetics Laughing I just don’t get the snobbery that some people display.

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @Ms_Midori:  I said this in another thread, but lab-grown does come with flaws. Most of those sold, however, are eye-clean.

    The emeralds, in particular, often still have flaws in them and you can also specifically request them to be more or less flawed (check out Better Than Diamond’s Avarra Lab-Grown Emeralds)

    Post # 10
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    891 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted that I would want a mined stone. I personally think lab created stones can be just as pretty, they just aren’t for me.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I didn’t vote because for me it depends on the stone. I don’t think I’d ever have a natural ruby because to get a stone that’s not included and has good color costs through the roof–I’d rather have a beautiful created ruby plus, like, a car. ๐Ÿ™‚ But for most other stones I’d rather have a mined stone.

    Post # 12
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    5199 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @Miss Circe:  Yes, I also sometimes wonder why people are not walking around with chopped and broken rough on our hands, tied on with a piece of flexible wood. Some people DO wear the diamond rough, but obviously the majority of the market is looking to apply technology – and something artificial – towards what is natural (i.e. cutting and polishing techniques). Similar to how “man” has improved something like diamond rough (such as taking rough and cutting and polishing to improve optical qualities, colour, and so forth), I see lab-created as man also being able to take what nature gave and grow it too! I think that is pretty cool, actually!

    I would not turn down the gift of a warm coloured antique cut, but I would rather purchase a lab-created. I have had two lab-created sapphires (along with one natural), and am now going with a moissanite (and wear other moissanite items). I do have some diamond melee in my pieces, but just for a centre stone, I wanted to put my money towards lab-created. For moissanite it is because I love moissanite, and there is no other option but lab-created anyway so there is that! For my sapphires, it was because I really liked the blue of the created sapphire I could get that was extremely rare in nature (read near impossible these days as the supply was exhausted) and I thought it was beautiful. Quite honestly, I also did not want a natural sapphire that would have visible imperfections (as sought after as they are by many gemstone lovers) or uneven colour (again, often characteristic) or to settle on colour or other things like that. I wanted a vivid, velvety blue all throughout.

    I also do own mined stones, including sapphires and diamonds, but I do not *personally* feel they are any more valuable than my lab-created stones nor do I consider lab-created stones “artificial”. They share all the same chemical properties and so forth as a natural stone. Mine are also handcut, so they have their own uniqueness to them. They are real. And, last time I checked, my marriage is also very real whatever I wear on my finger!

     

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @RayKay:  Yeah, I said almost flawless.Tongue Out I’ve been stalking the BTD page for a while too. I think it’s neat that you can order the Emerald with different grades of clarity.

     

    @Miss Circe:  Amen. Boo to snobbiness!

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee

    I would want a natural due to the variability of appearance (to include cut and color). I’m addicted to cushions and man-made cushion cut gems all look identical. That’s a no go for me. I also don’t care for the cuts they currently have for them (crushed ice fan over here). Now, I have a lab sapphire that I picked over a natural due to cost but if someone were offering a natural I’d snap it up in a heartbeat. Man is incredible and can make incredible things. But the earth is incredible as well and the fact that something that beautiful can come from the soil, well, I’m sold. Cost be damned. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

     

    EDIT: And since another bee pointed it out – my love extends to cut and rough. Rough is on my “to purchase” wishlist currently. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Natural stone, I just like the idea that they were created by the earth… it makes it feel special to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    @claireos:  I think rough diamonds can look so interesting!

     

    I think this one is beautiful!

     

     

    And these studs are cute and something different:

     

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