Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Hi lovely bees,
On my never ending quest for sparklies I have stumbed upon yet another dilemma.
The difference here is that both stones are cut perfectly with no visible inclusions, and are almost the same size (<0.1ct difference).
However, one is a lab created diamond and color F while the other is natural and color L.
Which would you pick and why?
Option 1: 1.58ct F VS2
Option 2: 1.51ct L VS1
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2018 - UK
Bear in mind that I’m a complete layperson who knows nothing about diamonds… Purely based on the look, I like option 1. It just seems brighter and clearer to me, and generally prettier.
Post # 3
What pp above said. I too know nothing but the first pic looks better.
Post # 4
Ohhhh I do like the first picture – while they are both beautiful for different reasons, I do gravitate towards the first one. Are these from Distinctive Gem??? Thank
Post # 5
I like the 1st one the best. An L color cushion cut will show quite a bit of color so I probably would only get colors D-J in a cushion cut. What are the dimensions of the diamonds?
Post # 6
All right, I have to say I don’t like lab made gems. I’m a geology buff, so I love rocks. A lab-mase gem leaves me feeling cold and artificial, though I know it shouldn’t. It’s a mind clean (mined clean?) issue for me. I will always prefer natural stones.
That being said, I have no doubt that 99% of the people responding to this post will like the lab stone more.
Post # 7
I prefer lower coloured diamonds, so anything above a J is pretty much a no from me
Post # 8
I’m a sucker for a really warm stone and a cushion shows colour well. I’m also partial to anything natural even if it has inclusions galore – I was the nerdy kid loved collecting rocks and minerals! So for me personally I’d pick option 2 because of my love of warmth in a stone and loving the process of nature to create such a thing of beauty. Having said that if you dont like warmth in a stone and aren’t fussed about lab vs natural, then option 1 would be the all round better choice for you because it delivers on the more traditional desirability for what people grade a good diamond to be.
Post # 9
Is this purely hypothetical, or you actually trying to decide between these two stones for a specific project?
My answer would depend on what is the intended end result for the stone. If it’s going to be either set in yellow gold, set in any metal but only as a solitaire or with colored gemstones that have a warmer undertone already, or set with other clear stones but in a completely custom setting where you’re also picking the side stones, then I would probably lean towards the second one. If it’s going to be set in a Halo or with side stones in a prefabricated setting then I would go with the top one because most prefab settings or smaller stones that are going to be placed in there tend to be in the F through H range unless you are sourcing them yourself or have a jeweler who is willing to put in that kind of work matching and you’re likely going to pick up on that color differentiation more, unless that’s the look you’re going for.
Post # 10
Is this for an engagement ring? Lab diamonds are chemically identical to natural diamonds. I think this comes down to whether or not you prefer the ancient history of a natural diamond or the advantages of a lab diamond. Many consider a lab diamond for the environmental and guaranteed conflict-free reasons alone. There are natural diamonds that are guaranteed to be conflict free as well. Obviously, you can get a much bigger bang for your buck with a lab diamond.
On the other hand, a lab diamond is tagged as such and you have to go into it knowing the value may not be there on resale. That said, natural, non-investment grade diamonds lose a lot of their resale potential the minute you purchase, up to 50-75%. If you never plan to sell or upgrade, this may not matter to you.
Lastly, a cushion will show warmth and retain color much more than a round, for example, will. I would first decide if you are OK with lab. If not, all else being equal I’d go smaller rather than below an H in color in a natural diamond in this cut.
Post # 11
Have you seen the colour in person? Just going off cut, I prefer the cut of the second one. I like the cross better, and you can already tell that it will have amazing kozibe. BUT if you haven’t seen an L in person (K/L/M are prob my favourite) they can be quite tinted, and quite polarizing. I think its a love hate thing. I vote L!
Post # 12
I agree that a lot of this depends on the project it will be going into. Low color old cut stones can be AMAZING in the right setting. I also think that perhaps the photo of the secondstone is not as flattering, which will impact the voting. As we all know, the stone may look like that most of the time, or an eighth of an inch tilt in one direction or the other might make it look as great or better than the first one.
Is there any provenance with the second stone? Do you know when it was cut or where? What it was previously used for? That, in addition to being mined, may impact your feelings about the stones.
Post # 13
These two cushions look like they are newly cut, but in the style of OMCs, but correct me if I’m wrong. If they are old cuts like I think they are, I would go with the L. The faceting patterns of old cuts make warm pastels look so magical, in my opinion. I don’t think the color (or lack there of) of the first stone does the cut justice.
Post # 14
I love warm diamonds and prefer natural earth mined ones over lab grown. While I own both natural and lab diamonds and both are beautiful, there is something special about a diamond from the earth.
Post # 15
I didn’t vote because while I personally would prefer the whiter stone, I don’t think you will be happy with it because it’s a lab. I would go with the lower color and set it in a metal that complements it best. Typically I would say to go with yellow gold, but some lower colors look fine in white gold or platinum. I wouldn’t make the metal decision until you have the stone in hand and can hold it near/on the different metals.