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 # 16
    4260 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    For sure I would!  My mom got one for her upgrade and it is stunning!  And it saved her quite a bit of money.

    Post # 17
    3410 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I was going to, but opted for a lab ruby instead. I wanted to be as environmentally friendly as possible when choosing a stone, so lab was the obvious choice for me.

    ETA- A lot of the posters here seem confused about what a lab diamond is. A lab diamond is essentially a clone of a diamond. Its chemical makeup is literally that of a diamond. That’s why it is expensive; it’s simply a diamond that didn’t have to be mined, which is what makes it an eco friendly diamond. If you took it to a gem expert, they couldn’t tell the difference, because it IS a diamond.

    Moissanite is not a lab diamond. It is a lab moissanite. Moissanite is a natural gem, just like a diamond. But it’s so rare that the ones people buy are made in a lab, which means it is basically just a cloned moissanite. Moissanite is not an imitation diamond — it’s just another clear stone. 

    My ruby is a ruby that was made by scientists instead of the Earth. But it is still 100% a ruby, same hardness and chemical makeup and all. It is NOT like a red stone you’d buy at Claire’s for $5, just like a lab diamond is not a CZ.

    Post # 18
    629 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Diamonds are overpriced any way you look at it but… at least I can pass it on to my kids.

    Moissanite is way way overpriced for what it is. I couldn’t see paying several hundred dollars for an imitation.  If the price for quality moissanite dropped below $200 for 2ct+ flawless, colorless stones then maybe.

    But for those who like it, more power to you.

    Post # 19
    6100 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I’m actually eyeballing the lab created blue diamonds that Brilliant Earth has. I’d love to get one one day. As far as I know, there isn’t any stigma associated with lab diamonds but then I’m a member of several different groups about which there are pervasive social stigmas so my daily existence is rooted in not basing my actions on what other people think.

    Post # 20
    1180 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

    Yup, I have one.

    i didn’t agree with the ethical side of mined diamond, don’t agree with the cost for basically a shiny stone.

    im aware lab diamonds aren’t much cheaper but it made me feel better about owning it rather than every time I look at my hand wondering about the processing ring went through to get to me.


    Post # 21
    6276 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I wouldnt get a mossanite nor lab diamond ering for the same reasons why I would not wear a replica designer bag or watch. I’d feel like I was trying to fake something. 


    Post # 22
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

    I would and I’ve spent the better part of the last few months researching them, but it’s still a chunk of cash I can’t justify spending anytime in the near future. I’m currently waiting on some lab sappire rough I’ll be sending off for faceting; that was pretty inexpensive, as is the faceting. 

    Post # 23
    9604 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    lovefish :  geez I didnt realize they were 40% cheaper! Okay yeah, that savings would override the novelty of it being natural.

    Post # 24
    1060 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I’d get a lab diamond, moissanite, gemstone, real diamond. I don’t care what the stone is, I care about it’s meaning as an engagement ring.


    I have a diamond because my finace insisted on getting one. And I love it.

    Post # 25
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

    lovefish :  Is that comparing IGI graded earth mined stones to BE’s IGI graded lab diamonds? I’ve read that IGI grading is very generous; therefore BE’s J graded lab diamond is more like GIA’s K or L, so the savings aren’t really that much unless you’re comparing apples to apples. Even comparing IGI to IGI, the savings is more like 15-20%

    Post # 26
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    No I don’t think I would.  I prefer real diamonds that came from Earth Vs. something that was manufactured.  Def not the same.

    Post # 27
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2008

    Yes I would. Pure carbon coming from the lab which mimics the natural processes in earth…definitely. Especially because the diamond industry has been about hate, greed and massive artificial inflation. I have purchased natural diamonds, but going forward, if I were to purchase another diamond, I’d definitely consider a lab diamond. 

    Post # 29
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    dracarys :  Oh I didn’t know that! Well my J looks good in most lights, so I was happy to pay less for it 🙂

    Post # 30
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

    lovefish :  It’s beautiful! I’m all for paying less for diamonds tongue-out

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