(Closed) was a NATURAL diamond important to you?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Did you desire a natural diamond?
    Yes, it was important to me to have something untreated. : (110 votes)
    59 %
    No, it saved FI money so it worked for us : (37 votes)
    20 %
    Enhanced diamonds? That exists? : (39 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    If I was ever in the market for a diamond, I’d insist on certified untreated. Glass filled “clarity enhanced” diamonds are NOT worth as much as a natural stone, and can crack or even break apart if hit hard enough. My dream is a colored diamond. It’s pretty easy to tell with blue and pink diamonds especially which have been colored to look that way. Most somewhat affordable pink diamonds contain modifiers like brown, and most bright royal blue diamonds that are popular now have been dyed to make them that color. Natural blues contain a pretty muted steely gray usually, and the really pure blues are astronomically priced. So yes, I prefer my stones unfooled around with!

    Post # 4
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @MASPA: I have a moissanite so I guess it wasn’t important to me to have something “natural” (as it’s lab-created), but if I were to get a diamond I would never get a treated/enhanced one. It greatly weakens the stone and greatly devalues it.

    Post # 5
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    With all gemstones, diamonds included, I like them to be natural. No heat/chemical treating, etc.

    Post # 6
    273 posts
    Helper bee

    Just wanted to mention that GIA does certify enhanced diamonds, they will note it on the certificate. I only know this because there was someone online claiming to sell enhanced diamonds that were GIA certified, so I called GIA to report fraud and they told me that they will certify it as enhance on the certificate!

    Post # 7
    764 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m a GIA certified diamond girl all the way. I either wanted that or a plain band but no diamond substitutes or knock offs or anything of the like. I actually don’t wear any costume jewelry either. It’s silver gold platinum gemstones for me. 

    Post # 8
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It wasn’t important to me (so I voted no) because Moissanite can be very lovely and also since upholding fair labor practices is basically my life’s work, but FH gave me a ring with an ethically-mined, environmentally- and labor-friendly Canadian diamond.

    But that said, having studied geology/gemology, I wanted something untreated if we did go the diamond route.

    Post # 9
    11391 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    No, I really didn’t know anything about diamonds before I started looking & learning about them on weddingbee/google.

    My engagement ring is GIA certified though. But I was looking into moissy also before deciding on a diamond. So it didn’t matter to me at the time.

    Post # 10
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Honestly, I know NOTHING about diamonds.  I haven’t even googled it.  The diamond talk on here baffles me so I just move on.  My ring is an heirloom anyways.  It’s gorgeous whatever it is.  Haha.

    Post # 11
    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Is there a visible difference between enhanced and unenhanced?

    Post # 12
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I didn’t vote, my reasons were not listed. money is not an issue at all.  I just didn’t think it was necessary for a lot of money to be spent on my ring, I did not want to be responsible for something that was worth a lot. 

    before I got engaged, I told my SO that a lab created diamond would have been fine. at the time, I thought they cost less (turns out they really don’t). 

    after I got engaged, I learned about moissanite. I wish I knew before, I would have asked for a 2ct.  even though I didn’t want my ring to be expensive, I would have been ok with the center stone being big!


    Post # 13
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    For me, I like my stones natural, but I have no problem with lab created. I love the look of Moissy and I love me some lab grown blue sapphires.

    Now, my fave stones are white sapphires and they are pretty cheap even natural (like $20 a carrat). I want to make a very glam ring for my right hand ring with a large asscher cut white sapphire. 

    Some natural stones however have unique properties that don’t appleal to all buyers. Like most natural emeralds and rubies are pretty opaque and most would prefer a more transparant stone. I have a really lovely lab created ruby ring in 22K gold thats like as big as my eyeball! There is no way I would ever to be able to own such a lovely piece naturally, it would be worth millions. 

    Post # 14
    426 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It was important for me to have something conflict free and inexpensive, so moissanite was the perfect choice. I don’t care for all the fuss about diamonds anyways.

    Post # 16
    1458 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Although I am not a fan of diamonds, if SO was really stuck on giving me one, I would want it to be non-clarity enanced, and if it was blue, non-irradiated.  Most “blue” diamonds that aren’t $50,000+ are irradiated.

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