Lab diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
16 posts

Sure, lab diamonds are a great alternative.  However, I’d be leery of the “ideal cuts” the vendors you listed are advertising. Many are far from it.  Their pricing is also inflated.  Another thing to consider is pricing will  decrease as the technology continues to improve and become more widely available.  Just look at what’s happened to moissanite.  (This is not a knock on moissys, but to illustrate a point)

All this to say, it may benefit you to wait a bit but if you must trade to a lab now, give strong considerations to which vendor you choose.  I’d look at vendors like August Vintage or Parks Fine Group as they offer more reasonable pricing and are innovating in specialty cuts too.  Both are on IG.

Post # 18
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

I don’t get the whole point of this question. You’re asking if people in this forum would choose lab diamond over natural diamond. The majority responded they wouldn’t considering the small change in the look and because of several reasons like how they’re overpriced etc.

But it’s clear  that you really wanna do it from the following posts. Why don’t you just go ahead and do it, then? 

Post # 19
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MrsGirlyGirl :  “This way I can basically just swap my diamond and not pay any difference.”


Well paying a difference is what people would call “losing money.”

If you break even doing this then go for it. If it costs you more in the long run but it’s an amount you can live with then go for it. If you can not afford to do this: then don’t until you can.

Post # 21
407 posts
Helper bee

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dentalbee :  


GIA classifies Lab Diamonds as Synthetic Diamonds. They make a distinction between Synthetic Diamonds and Simulated Diamonds. Simulated Diamonds are other materials like colorless quartz, topaz, beryl, etc.

Post # 22
2343 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have a 1.43 ct diamond, I would trade it for a lab diamond if I was able to go up to at least a 2 ct without sacrificing the quality, the cut and color of my diamond are amazing. Otherwise no.

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Post # 24
104 posts
Blushing bee

I highly recommend D.NEA diamonds (email to get their full inventory, a lot is unlisted) which has a upgrade policy of any stone greater than the original purchase. This is the best upgrade policy I’ve seen on lab diamonds, and it was a pleasure to work with Eric.


Soha Diamonds was also a great choice, Aubree and Soha really know their stuff and will even video call you to compare two of any of the stones they source for you. They also do custom designs, and have a 200% upgrade policy (double the price of inital stone, but still, better than nothing).


I also purchased from BrilliantEarth, but ended up returning the stone as I was having doubts and Eric offered to send me a D.NEA stone that was ~$3000 LESS with better specs. I found identical stones (same IGI #) on BE, Soha, and D.NEA, and both Soha and D.NEA were always marginally cheaper than BE. The fact that they have no upgrade policy, and the recent shady lawsuits on their “ethically” sourced stones turned me away from them eventually. 

Post # 25
1644 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

No. But mine is a natural diamond that was my grandmothers. Small or not that is never going anywhere. I am however interested in someday getting a separate ring with a lab diamond after my sapphire project gets done. I think lab diamonds are pretty cool.

Post # 26
1561 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, though if I were you i would wait since lab diamonds will probably go down in price. 

Post # 27
1571 posts
Bumble bee

MrsGirlyGirl :  I would wait – another poster mention that lab diamonds are currently overpriced. To give you an idea, Lightbox sells a necklace with a 1 carat lab diamond for about 1000. Lab diamonds may decline enough in price where it would make more sense to buy it outright.

Post # 28
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Schoharie, NY

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MrsGirlyGirl :  I am obviously super biased because I just got mine, but we went for a lab diamond over mined for the same reason. My cut isn’t as great and it still is super sparkly. I disagree with PPs in that they are well priced from the right places. Brilliant Earth was excellent and very accommodating and not pushy at all. I highly recommend them. 

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