Engagement Ring Shopping Tips: 4 Reasons to Pick a Lab-Grown Diamond

Whether you’re planning to propose to your partner or you’re doing a little window shopping for yourself, you’ve probably noticed how crazy the engagement ring market can be.

If you think finding a style that you or your partner could love for a lifetime is hard, the stress of choosing the right diamond won’t make it any easier. When you study up on clarity, color, cut, and carat weights, it can seem like the only worthwhile stones are way out of budget. It’s really frustrating to feel like you can’t get the best-looking stone for a reasonable price.

That’s where lab-grown diamonds come in! In comparison to their mined counterparts, lab-grown diamonds have plenty of benefits that will help you get the look you want without sacrificing any of your other ring criteria.

If the idea of simplifying the diamond picking process appeals to you, keep reading for the four main reasons why you should choose a lab-grown diamond engagement ring.

Ethical & Sustainable Sourcing

If you’re trying to practice mindful shopping habits, you’ll be happy to know that lab-grown diamonds are more humane and environmentally friendly than traditional diamonds. 

For many years, the diamond mining industry has been critiqued for providing unfair wages and unsafe working conditions, enabling child labor, and even funding wars in the areas where the stones are mined. The process of mining also has a huge negative impact on the surrounding environment.

Thankfully, lab-grown diamonds resolve all of these issues. Since they are produced in labs, there are no unethical or environmentally unsafe practices involved with their creation. You can even trace each diamond back to its original lab, so you can be sure that it’s conflict-free. When you choose a lab-grown diamond, you can be confident that you’re making a smart and ethical choice.

Same Aesthetic

When you hear that a stone is “lab-grown” or “lab-created,” you may be wondering if you can tell the difference between these stones and the mined ones. To the average person, lab-grown diamonds look exactly the same as traditional diamonds. If anything, they can offer an arguably cleaner and brighter look. Because they aren’t excavated from the earth, there will likely be fewer defects and impurities within the man-made stones. 

The only thing to note is that lab-grown diamonds have a laser inscription on them for identification purposes, but a professional would have to use special equipment to be able to read or even detect it. In short, no one in real life (or on social media) will notice a difference when you show off your ring.

Identical Composition

Further, lab-grown diamonds are chemically and physically identical to those found in nature. The same formation process that takes place in nature has been recreated in a controlled lab setting, eliminating risks (for workers and for the environment) and allowing them to be produced to meet demand. This also allows manufacturers to easily produce colored diamonds, which are extremely rare to find in nature. 

Because the stones are the same, you won’t be surprised to hear that they are graded in the same way. The established GIA ratings are applied to man-made diamonds as well, making the shopping experience nearly identical–the only difference is the price!

Better Prices

After scoping out popular retailers’ selections, you know that buying a quality diamond is a major investment. Knowing all of the other benefits of lab-grown diamonds, you’d probably be worried that an equally high price would be the catch. 

Luckily, a lab-grown diamond will typically be 40-60% less expensive than a mined diamond of comparable grade. When you save that much on the price of the stone, you could be able to afford your ideal setting, a completely customized ring, or the giant rock of your dreams. 

Whether you decide to propose during a romantic getaway or over an intimate dinner, knowing that there’s an affordable, attractive, and socially and environmentally conscious alternative to traditional diamonds should make your proposal and engagement ring search a little easier. 

When you finally settle on the perfect design, you know exactly what you want sparkling in the center!

 

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