I am excited to offer eco-friendly, conflict-free, lab-created diamonds to my engagement ring and wedding ring customers. Cultured diamonds are available in white, blue, and yellow. Lab diamonds are real diamonds, hence look and sparkle like natural diamonds without fueling conflict overseas.
Please Note: Do not confuse cultured diamonds with diamond simulants, which are often advertised as lab-created diamonds. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. The cost of a lab-created diamond is not far off from the price of white natural diamonds.
While a vast majority of natural diamonds are white, scientists were first able to create gemstone quality yellow, then blue and pink diamonds in a lab. In 2004, these man-made diamonds became available to the general public. In 2014, white cultured diamonds over 1 carat became more commonly available and less expensive. White lab-created diamonds generally cost about 20% less than equivalent natural diamonds.
Cultured diamonds are my favorite stone to mount in an engagement ring. Here are some reasons why:
Conflict Free. Armed conflict in several African countries in the past few decades has been fueled in part by diamond sales. The discredited Kimberly Process offered meager assurance. Even buying diamonds mined in “non-conflict” countries contributes to the prices that the conflict stones command. Cultured diamonds are truly conflict-free.
Eco Friendly. Cultured diamonds require no mining and little energy to produce. That means no drained lakes, no explosives, no damage to the fragile ecosystems in Canada and Russia (or the heartier ecosystems in Africa.)
New. This is brand-new technology. Human intelligence, effort, and collaboration have created one of the beauties of nature that we have been dreaming of for generations.
I especially enjoy mounting blue cultured diamonds in engagement rings because:
Beautiful. Unique. Most people have never seen a blue diamond. They are enchanting – and far less common than white diamonds. If you are looking for something different, but not too different, blue lab-created diamonds are a great choice. The blue hue of a cultured diamond is much lighter than traditional sapphires, and stands out less. The blue sparkle is something few people have ever seen.
Two major disadvantages of cultured diamonds:
Expensive. Cultured diamonds, like natural diamonds, are expensive. White lab created diamonds have only a small cost advantage over natural white diamonds, and are significantly more expensive than natural sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
Reputation. Many people have a knee-jerk reaction against synthetic gemstones. People often associate lab-created with “cheap” or “fake.” If you are searching for lab diamonds because you are trying to save a lot of money, this association is probably correct. You do not want to convince your girlfriend that a lab-grown diamond is better than the natural diamond that she has always dreamed of.
Also Please Note: There is a big difference between cheap and inexpensive. Read up here if you are looking for an inexpensive diamond alternative.
I offer two options for engagement rings:
1) I can make one for you. All engagement rings I fabricate are hand made to order, from 100% recycled precious metals. If you are on a budget, I can sell a pre-fabricated ring mounting and set a cultured diamond for you.
2) I can teach you how to make the engagement ring with your own hands in my shop in Manhattan. Workshops typically last one day (10-12 hours) for solitaires and 2 days for custom designed rings.
Lab diamonds are more difficult to source than natural diamonds. The process is new and many created diamonds are heavily included – meaning that the diamonds are formed with impurities. The best-looking lab-created diamonds are resultantly in higher demand.
White lab-created diamonds are the easiest to source. CVD production has taken gigantic leaps since 2013. Cultured white diamonds over 1 carat are readily available at approximately 15-20% less than equivalent natural diamonds.
Blue cultured diamonds are created via the HPHT process and can be readily sourced up to about a carat. PLEASE do not confuse blue irradiated diamonds with blue lab-created diamonds. Blue cultured diamonds have a far more attractive hue. Irradiated diamonds are inexpensive, since the technique is used to improve the look of already poor quality diamonds.
Yellow lab diamonds are the most plentiful, and will cost much less than natural yellow diamonds.
Pink lab-created diamonds are also available for those who are interested. The cost is more in line with blues.
A few last things about my business…
I am a goldsmith who specializes in wedding and engagement rings. I also teach engagement ring making classes. I source gemstones for my customers’ designs, and use my experience to source quality gemstones from reputable dealers.
I do not sell loose diamonds unless you are already a customer. That means I take a deposit before ordering any stones for customers. Crazy, right?
People are sometimes hoping to buy a lab-created diamond for about 1/10th of what they cost. If you are on a strict budget, I recommend a perfectly beautiful diamond alternative such as moissanite or sapphire. A cultured diamond will generally save you 20% or so. If you have read articles or seen advertisements with prices that are too good to be true, they aren’t true.
If you are interested in a piece of jewelry containing a cultured diamond, browse some engagement ring styles, or contact me and I will be delighted to assist you!