Would you get a lab diamond?

posted 3 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 # 61
    Member
    116 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Yup! In fact, we just received a lab diamond from Brilliant Earth, and it was about 25% less expensive than a natural diamond with the exact same specs. 

    Post # 62
    Member
    335 posts
    Helper bee

    steny03 :  What do you mean by lab created pearls? I’m only aware of farmed/seeded(cultured) ones and natural ones made by accident in the ocean. Sorry I’m a little confused lol. I always thought of farmed/seeded pearls as “lab created”? And of course there is completely fake pearls made by man that have no nacre at all.

    Post # 63
    Member
    480 posts
    Helper bee

    steny03 :  Of the four Cs that diamond value is based on, clarity (or lack thereof due to undesired inclusions) is the only one that would most likely not be produced in lab-created diamonds. If you like having inclusions that produce a dull stone (which is revered for its beauty; clarity being part of it), then it is certainly your prerogative to select one that has those “variances.”

    Post # 64
    Member
    173 posts
    Blushing bee

    I definitely would if I wanted a diamond! I have a lab ruby. I’m very happy to pay a lower price for something that is next best to the real thing. I wouldn’t judge someone for wanting a real one though!

    Post # 65
    Member
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

    jewels84 :  Yep, I meant completely man made, no seeds, etc. It isn’t a real pearl at all. I was surprised that it wasn’t as durable as cultured pearls. 

     

    quantumleap48 :  While a large amount of inclusions will affect clarity, it is not all that a diamond has to offer, and a small inclusion certainly will not make a stone dull. My 1.25 carat C7 cognac diamond was mined from the earth, but has a small inclusion. It sparkles and shines brighter than any of the colorless or near colorless diamonds we looked at, despite the inclusion. And yes, that included lab created ones as well. Lab grown stones may not be ‘perfect’, but if I had to choose between stones of the same quality and inclusions, I would choose the natural one. Why pay for a man-made mistake?

    Post # 66
    Member
    480 posts
    Helper bee

    steny03 :  I’m not following your rhetoric. First you said that “lab-created diamonds can be too perfect.” Now you’re saying that your natural diamond is more brilliant than the lab-created diamonds, while adding “lab grown stones may not be perfect.” You are contradicting yourself. “Why pay for a man-made mistake?” you ask. I don’t believe I or anyone else claimed they were mistakes, nor do I believe that they are. So based on irrelevance, I’m not going to answer that question. In any case, I don’t care to argue for the sake of arguing so am ending the discourse here and now. Have a good evening.

    Post # 67
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    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

    quantumleap48 :  And I’ll follow up by stating that I don’t understand what you’re not following….

    In my opinion, lab stones CAN be too perfect, just as they can have inclusions as well. Lab stones can be made in different grades. They aren’t all completely flawless. 

    An inclusion in a lab made diamond is a man made ‘mistake’, as man created it. An inclusion in a natural diamond is also a ‘mistake’, but caused by nature. To me, the events leading up to the natural ‘mistake’ are far more interesting than the ones made in a lab, by man. 

    My natural diamond was more brilliant than any of the lab ones I saw. Not at all implying that my stone will ALWAYS  be more brilliant than a lab created, but it certainly was better quality than any of the ones I was able to compare to. 

    But, as you said, have a good evening, and I will not bother you by responding anymore…

    Post # 68
    Member
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2019 - City, State

    Sure! My Fiance is considering one now. I honestly don’t care as long as it’s a diamond and sparkles. Not everyone can afford or wants to pay premium prices for a rock. 

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