Need Opinions on Options for a 2 Carat Lab Diamond Solitaire Please!

posted 3 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
432 posts
Helper bee

I much prefer the Elodie setting, and it does seem more practical.

As an aside, are you looking for a quite warm stone? J is a colour I would advise you see in person before committing to make sure it’s your preference.

Post # 4
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2022 - Studio City , CA

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@lilmisscocobee:  I don’t have a lab Diamond but did consider it.  I would stay away from Vrai.  Higher quality and more sustainable lad diamonds Cowan be found at Ritani or James Allen.  Rita I is ver inexpensive and the quality is unmatched. 

Post # 5
780 posts
Busy bee

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@lilmisscocobee:  Vrai’s lab diamonds are NOT GIA graded.  The certificate Vrai provides is a “GIA Gemologist Certificate” which is basically a certificate from their in-house GIA gemologist (it is a simple course and anyone can take it).  These certificates are almost always biased and unreliable. Vrai and a lot of other retailers use terms like this to confuse buyers.  Stick with diamonds that have been sent to a reputable lab for independent third-party grading and are accompanied by an actual lab report, not a certificate, appraisal, etc.  GIA only recently began getting serious in grading lab diamonds, so right now, most lab diamonds are sent to IGI or GCAL for grading. Hopefully there will be more GIA graded lab diamonds available soon since their grading is regarded as the most strict, reliable and reputable.  

Post # 6
1023 posts
Bumble bee

I am also in Canada and looking at buying a lab diamond online.

I think we will use Rare Carat to source the diamond. “Ships to Canada” is in their advanced settings, and you can choose what grading certificates you will accept.

Brilliant Earth does not sell stones separately from the setting unfortunately (I am in love with their Selene). We are currently exploring a local Etsy jeweller and a local brick and mortar jeweller for the setting.

Good luck!

Post # 7
718 posts
Busy bee

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@lilmisscocobee:  are you setting this in white or yellow gold? If it’s white I would not recommend purchasing a J color online without inspecting it in person, unless you are ok with the warmth. Note the photos and videos online show perfect conditions to highlight the diamond and are not representative of real life conditions. 

J is hovering between the “near colorless” and “slightly colored” on the spectrum which is why you notice quite a price drop between an I and a J versus say, an H and an I. Most Js show slight warmth, but some may show more and some may show none at all! I personally would not be comfortable purchasing a J online. But again, set in yellow gold the warmth will be less noticeable.

Post # 12
10506 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I just wanted to say that cleaning a diamond ring is not a big deal OP, dirt and hair will only collect if you neglect it. A bit of toothpaste and a quick scrub will keep it fine, plus the occasional jeweller cleaning if you want to.

Post # 14
633 posts
Busy bee

We bought my ring from Vrai and the setting quality is so poor we are resetting it after a year. They don’t honor their warranty in my experience. I’d buy elsewhere.

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