(Closed) Pros and Cons of lab created stones

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you prefer a natural or lab created stone?

    Natural

    Lab created

    I don't care - bling's bling, no matter where it's from!

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I personally think both are beautiful.  As others posted the “pro” to a natural stone is, well, it’s natural and the “con” to a lab stone is, well, that it’s a lab stone.  While these may not be  shared beliefs by all, to some, it’s like night and day.  To me, a stone is a stone of course of course – BUT as much as I hate to admit it, for an engagement ring, given the choice, I would prefer an au nat-ur-al stone.  I know it’s all psychological and what not, but isn’t that the foundation of loads of preferences anyway. 

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted natural stone, but it honestly depends on the stone and what type of jewelery I am wearing it in. Something that I look at just from far away or in the mirror as in earrings or a pendant I’d probably go lab created. Something that I look at much closer up to the eye like a ring or bracelet I would be more likely to go natural as I like seeing tiny imperfections in stones, but especially in colored stones.

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I prefer natural stones simply because I like the flaws that make them what they are.  If I had to choose between a big blue topaz pendant that was lab-created and a smaller, imperfect natural stone, I would probably pick the smaller stone.

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either, they just look different.  I own some jewelry that’s lab created, and some that’s natural.  I think there is a different type of beauty in each type of stone.  A lab created sapphire looks different than a natural sapphire, but both are beautiful.  Just like a moissonite looks different than a diamond, but both are beautiful.  I think some lab made stones look more realistic than others, but it just depends on the look you are going for. 

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee

    I don’t understand.  I’ve seen plenty of lab created stones with flaws. 

    Yes, the  majority of them are probably on the perfect side, but I’ve seen some where you couldn’t tell. I didn’t think that growng them in a lab would change the process that much.  Am I wrong?

    And for the record, I don’t know where I stand on this issue.

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Please dont say jewlers want you to have natural stones. I work for a jewlery store and we always reccomend created stones because you get a better quality, they match better if you are using more then one in something, you can control the color and they are less expensive for everyone. I LOVE man made stones. There are no real cons to having a unatural stone.

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t think there are any cons to lab created stones. I love that they don’t have flaws because I am OCD. If my natural stone had I flaw, trust me, I’d find it. The cost is also a huge plus, especially if you consider you are paying more for an (almost certainly) imperfect natural stone. I firmly believed natural stones were better (societal conditioning) before ordering my moissanite. Now, I can honestly say I greatly prefer it. As far as lab created sapphires, emeralds, etc., there is absolutely no difference besides the fact that lab created stones are always perfect and natural stones rarely are. I truly do not understand paying extra for natural gemstones. I cannot think of one logical reason. 

     

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    @Gavinsmamma:  I commend you for your outlook. I think it is wonderful that you are honest and helpful. However, almost all the jewelers I’ve come in contact with push natural stones because their profit is larger. I think it is great that you don’t do this because it automatically discredits the jeweler in my eyes. 

    Post # 25
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I voted natural because, if a stone is vintage, or has been mined in a way that does not involve cruelty or vile chemicals polluting the earth, I would rather have that than one that is human-made– there’s just something about a gemstone being human-made that bugs me– it’s a ROCK, after all, and I find rocks fascinating and meaningful BECAUSE they come from the earth. (I’m a bit of a nature geek and find geology fascinating, which is part of what makes me love gemstones so much).

    That being said, however, I think I would be very happy with a lab-created moissanite. And because so much mining is so bad for the earth and for the miners, I object to gemstones that have not been mined and worked in a fair-trade fashion, so if it was a choice between a conventionally-mined diamond, say, and a lab-created one, I would certainly choose the lab-created one.

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    obsessivebee: Thank you. Honestly I dont know why jewlers push natural stones they are nothing but a headache after everything is said and done. plus they dont appreciate so no point in paying more for something you wont get your money back on. Now diamonds They will always appreciate, actually my company gives you 1% appreciation on your diamond every year you keep it. which is great for people who want a upgrade at there 10year anniversasry!

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

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    @DeadlyNightshade:  Depending on the growing method, some look more natural than others.  But the type of inclusions in natural stones are different than the type of inclusion that lab stone grow, because of the period of time in which they form; millions of years verses a few months.  

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