Would you get a lab diamond?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you get a lab diamond?
    Yes : (105 votes)
    65 %
    No : (56 votes)
    35 %
    Other, please explain : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 2
    2753 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2007

    FutureDrAtkins :  I would! I have one, it’s small and in a pendant but I love it as much as any other diamond. I don’t care about how stones were formed, I really just want a pretty, durable stone.

    Post # 3
    9604 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    It blows my mind that diamonds are millions of years old, made in the earth, so I’d pick natural if both were in front of me. I don’t think there’s any lab diamond stigma though. It’s not something anyone can see anyway, if someone asked you about your rock it’s not like you say “natural diamond ” “lab diamond”. Just diamond. 

    Post # 4
    6324 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I probably wouldn’t. I love the fact that they are millions of years old, and there happened to be the right chemicals next to each other that happened to create this crystal. (side note, I also feel this way about inclusions, fluor, etc. So cool that there was some boron nearby that gives the chemical structure a glow in UV!).

    I personally don’t see the point in having a lab ‘diamond’. If i were going man made, I’d probably go for a simulant that is cheaper. To each their own of course! But not for me.

    Post # 5
    9730 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    From my limited understanding, isn’t a lab diamond another name for a CZ?

    I probably wouldn’t ever pay for a CZ.

    Post # 6
    6324 posts
    Bee Keeper

    slomotion :  Technically no, a lab diamond is the same makeup as a diamond (hardness, crystal structure, etc). It’s much much more expensive than a cz or a moissanite.

    Post # 7
    9610 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Diamonds don’t really appeal to me (which is why I have a sapphire engagement ring) but if for some reason I was getting a diamond, I think I would prefer to get a lab diamond over a natural one. My husband is a scientist and I’m sure he’d think it was cool to have a lab diamond. Plus, they ususally cost less.

    Post # 8
    9610 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    slomotion :  Nope. Lab diamonds are exactly the same as natural diamonds. There’s no way to tell the difference between the two.

    Post # 9
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d totally get a lab diamond… but right now they aren’t actually inexpensive, even when compared to ‘natural’ diamonds. Sometimes I scour the d. nea website just for fun. I LOVE the colored diamonds, especially the yellow ones.

    I like the fact that lab diamonds are environmentally friendly, and ethical, as well. those would be my two main reasons for considering one.

    Post # 10
    926 posts
    Busy bee

    I wouldn’t be opposed to it. 

    Let’s say there were three 1 ct stones; a diamond, a moissante, and a lab diamond. 

    If they all cost the same, I’d choose the diamond. 

    If the moissanite was substantially cheaper than the lab diamond and diamond, I’d choose the moissy. 

    They all look very similar to me so I wouldn’t bother over-paying for a diamond. It’s cool that diamonds are really old and grew in the ground but not cool enough to justify their price. 

    If the lab diamond and moissy were the same lower price, I’d choose the lab diamond, I guess. It would be more valuable than the moissanite so it just makes sense to choose the more valuable stone. By now, we all know the marketing behind diamonds and that their price is mostly unjustified (aside from rare, colored diamonds and exceptionally large and/or perfect stones), but they still hold more value than a moissanite.

    Post # 11
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I just went on Brilliant Earth, and if you compare diamonds vs. lab created diamonds with the exact same 4 C’s, you’ll see the lab grown can be around 40% less expensive (and 100% guaranteed conflict-free)!

    Post # 12
    1296 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

    If I didn’t love the sparkle of moissanite or if I were a die-hard diamond sort of girl I would have gone for a lab diamond for sure. 100% ethical and also earth-friendly! I think scientists in a lab making something that used to take millions of years in the earth is pretty impressive!

    As I’ve said in numerous other threads, the cost was the big factor for me, and even if I had the money for a diamond I can honestly say I would have chosen moissanite anyway because, not only do I like it more (I’veseen both next to eachother and I prefer moissanite), but also because, to me, it is absolutely the best value for the money. I’m the kind of person that wouldn’t spend any differently if I won the lottery either 😉

    Post # 14
    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2007

    slomotion :  A synthetic diamond is a diamond.  Exact same chemical structure, pure carbon. A simulant is a CZ; chemically not the same as a diamond.


    I hope that lab diamonds come waaaay down in price.  What is appealing to me is that I’ve found my diamonds to be brittle, so that’s peace of mind if I chip one.  Two, it’s far better to support industries which do not rely on mining.


    Synthetic all the way.

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