Thoughts on Lab Diamond E-Ring?

posted 3 weeks ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My two cents:  my father is a jeweler and told me a lab grown diamond is a diamond and I needed to look at all of the important aspects just as I would and earth mined diamond.  Having said that, I sold my EM 2ct and purchased an lab grown 2ct and it out performs it leaps and bounds.  Plus the difference in cost was about 13k!  I get more compliments on my new stone too so I think that speaks volumes ☺️  We bought our stone from BE and I would definitely buy from them again – look for a GCAL certified stone.  Let us know what you decided and good luck!

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Why not?  Had I known about lab diamonds I definitely would have considered one.  

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

I never seen Lab-Diamond in real life but they look same as Earth Diamond. I would love going Lab-Created diamond route but SO was not convinced. I would say if how it was made is not bothering you, go for it. It’s environmental friendly, ethical and less $$$. 

Post # 19
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368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I forgot to upload my pictures of my ring!

 

Post # 20
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Wannabee

We deeply considered going with a lab diamond over a mined one. It boiled down to a couple things. 

  1. Was the price difference worth it? This became a void problem because we found a local jeweler who was selling whole sale. The lab diamond was roughly $200 cheaper for a comparable diamond. 
  2. At one point do we want our ring to hold value? Specifically, at what dollar value did we decide that the ring was a valuable item that we wanted our insurance to protect? His father is a cop and cited that unless a ring was appraised, often insurance companies skimp on actually paying you for the original cost of the ring. Since lab diamonds have minimal resale value, they often would only pay you that much if something terrible happened like a break in. After a few hundred dollars we decided the ring was an asset. 
  3. How important was tradition to us? In both of our families, the giving and accepting of a diamond was symbolic for saying i’m committed for life. So this solidified to us that we wanted a diamond (lab or mined). This didn’t really influence the decision between lab and mined, but it did solidify that we didn’t want an alternative stone. 
  4. How environmentally efficient was it? We’ve done a lot of research and it was very eye opening. I would highly recommend this. 
  5. Who would be able to buy our diamond from? We went to the San Francisco location of Brillant Earth and spoke to James Allen at length. Both were lovely and informative, but it didn’t sit right with us buying from a big coorporation. Especially with BE’s recent law suits and lack of reviews from JA. We really loved the idea of having a local jeweler to work with. It became a lot more difficult to find a jeweler who was selling lab diamonds AND had a great reputation. 
  6. Was it important to us to have a mined diamond? This is a very personal question. Right now, it’s not “socially correct” to say yes. Especially when there are lab diamonds and TONS of stunning alternative stones. To break down our “yes, a mined diamond is important to us” it was really the price, the shopping experience, the value, the durability, and the tradition. There was no real price difference for us, we had an amazing local jewler at our disposal with a huge selection of diamonds, the diamond is appraised for double of what we paid (thus insured if anything terrible ever happened at that value), it’s not going to chip on me and it’s traditional in our families. 

All in all, it’s a PERSONAL decision. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

VictoriaWedding :  2. This is not true for all insurance.  I have a separate rider on mine and my lab diamond is appraised and should I lose it, stolen, etc. I will get the cost of the appraisal which is what I insured the ring for 🙂 I don’t want folks to think they can’t cover them or not get them insured for the amount they paid in order to replace. 

Post # 22
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Wannabee

jaqawilliams :  Interesting! My insurance confirmed, but it’s good to know you should alway check with your insurance. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

VictoriaWedding :  absolutely!  Everyone should check first – an appraisal for a lab grown should state what it would cost to replace the stone in today’s market – not what the resale value is 🙂  I encourage every bee to make sure and cover their valuables!

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Lab diamonds ARE diamonds. There is absolutely no chemical or structural difference between them and mined diamonds. 

You’re also able to get a larger, cleaner rock for less money. 

IMO there is just no rational argument for choosing mined over lab created when you have both options available to you. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee

sboom :  How are you defining “rational”? I could think of multiple reasons why one might “rationally” choose a mined diamond.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

hleeeex3 :  good luck!  Let us know what you find out tomorrow 🙂  Sounds like a lot of fun!  Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised with how far your dollar can go along with the quality.  No matter what any of us say on here, opinions, rationale, etc. it has to make sense for you both and no one else!

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I purchased a lab diamond from Brilliant Earth and it is gorgeous. I wish I had gone with James Allen though because they have a trade up policy and BE doesn’t for lab diamonds.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

VictoriaWedding :  Very valid perspective. I do want to note that when I got my ring with the lab diamond appraised, they valued it at the cost I bought the diamond at. The appraisal and appraisal value was submitted to my jewelry insurance company with no issues.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Anything made new isn’t very ethical. If you want ethics, durability and cost efficiency then I’d recommend you look at vintage and antique pieces. I have seen the best synthetic diamonds and I find they are easy to differentiate from mined diamonds – but you may not care one bit about that. Congratulations on your engagement and have fun looking for your ring! 

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