May 18, 2020

8 FAQ Questions About Lab Grown Diamond Rings

At Diamond Wish, we recently started carrying lab-grown diamonds alongside our usual selection of natural diamonds. We believe that both lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds can be gorgeous options for diamond engagement rings, diamond studs, and other types of diamond jewelry. So, we offer both options in order to allow you to choose the type of diamond that’s right for you.

Since we’ve begun carrying lab-grown diamonds, we’ve noticed that many people have questions about them. People often wonder if lab-grown diamonds are real, if they look like natural diamonds, why people prefer them, and so on. To answer all of our most commonly asked questions about this beautiful gem, we’ve put together some answers to the top 8 FAQ about lab grown diamonds.

1. Are lab-grown diamonds real diamonds or fake diamonds?

This classic solitaire engagement ring features a breathtaking 2 carat round cut lab-grown diamond.

Lab-grown diamonds are not fake diamonds– they’re laboratory grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds have the exact same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. They’re just as durable, hard, and beautiful as mined diamonds. The only difference between lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds is how they form. Lab-grown diamonds are made by scientists under carefully controlled lab conditions, while mined diamonds form organically within the earth.

2. Can you tell the difference between a lab-grown diamond ring and a mined diamond ring by looking at them?

Nope! Since lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds have the same chemical composition and optical properties, you can’t tell them apart by looking at them. Even expert jewelers and gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds by looking at them with the naked eye. Jewelers and gemologists can tell the difference between lab-grown and mined diamonds, but only with the use of specialized equipment.

3. Are lab-grown diamonds more affordable than mined diamonds?

Choosing a lab-grown diamond for your engagement ring can help you save big when you’re engagement ring shopping– or, it can help you fit a much larger diamond into your budget.

Yes! Lab-grown diamonds can cost up to 40% less than mined diamonds.

4. How are lab-grown diamonds made?

There are two methods used to create lab grown diamonds: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).

The HPHT process mimics the way diamonds naturally form in the earth. Diamonds form in the earth when carbon is exposed to immense heat and pressure. With the HPHT method, scientists replicate these conditions by subjecting carbon to intense heat and pressure within a lab, which causes a lab-grown diamond to form.

Then, the Chemical Vapor Deposition process uses natural gases to grow lab grown diamonds. With this method, scientists start with a diamond seed, which is a tiny piece of a diamond. This diamond seed is placed in a sealed chamber that is filled with hydrogen and methane. The chamber is then heated to a high temperature (generally through the use of microwave technology), which excites the gas and causes a lab-grown diamond to form around the diamond seed crystal.

5. Why choose a lab grown diamond over a mined diamond?

At Diamond Wish, you can design your own diamond stud earrings with lab-grown diamonds or with natural diamonds.

Some people prefer lab-grown diamonds over mined diamonds because of their price advantage, while other people prefer them because they do not have to be mined. Whether you prefer lab-grown diamonds or natural diamonds comes down to personal preference.

6. Are lab-grown diamonds diamond simulants?

Unlike diamond simulants, lab-grown diamonds have the same breathtaking scintillation as natural diamonds, since they share all the same properties.

No. The term “diamond simulant” refers to something that looks like a diamond, but doesn’t have the properties of a diamond. Some excellent examples of diamond simulants include cubic zirconia, moissanite, and white topaz.

7. Is a synthetic diamond the same thing as a lab-grown diamond?

Yes. You may see lab-grown diamonds described as “synthetic,” but that doesn’t mean that they’re fake diamonds or diamond simulants– the word synthetic simply means “made by a chemical process.” So, lab-grown diamonds are sometimes called synthetic diamonds. Some other terms used to describe lab-grown diamonds include man-made diamonds, cultivated diamonds, and cultured diamonds.

8. Are lab-grown diamonds graded by grading laboratories like the GIA?

Yes, lab-grown diamonds can be graded by diamond grading labs, including the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Some examples of other grading labs that grade lab grown diamonds include IGI, ECL, and GCAL. Since lab-grown diamonds can be graded, you can look at a lab-grown diamond’s grading report to assess its qualities just like you could with a mined diamond.

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April 16, 2020

Our Lifetime Upgrade Program – “Never Lose Value” Jewelry Trade Up

There may come a time when you decide you want to upgrade your diamond engagement ring, your wedding band, or another piece of fine jewelry. Luckily, if you’re a Diamond Wish customer, you can take advantage of our Lifetime Upgrade Program whenever that time comes. Our Lifetime Upgrade Program allows you to never lose the value of your original jewelry. Through our Upgrade Program, you will receive a 100% credit of the original amount you paid for your previously purchased Diamond Wish Piece toward any qualifying new purchase of greater value. Want to know more about our Lifetime Upgrade Program and how you can take advantage of it? Read on to see the answers to all our Lifetime Upgrade Program FAQs!

What are the terms of your Lifetime Upgrade Program?

We stand behind the quality and value of our jewelry, which is why we offer one of the best Lifetime Upgrade Programs you’ll find anywhere. Some jewelers who offer upgrade programs have harsh restrictions on what’s included in their program, high minimums on how much you have to spend to participate in the program, and more. But at Diamond Wish, Our Lifetime Upgrade Program offers:

  • No Minimums on New Purchase Amounts
  • 100% of Paid Value
  • The Ability to Upgrade Anytime
  • No Limits on What You Can Upgrade

Note: Learn more about the benefits of and the terms and conditions of our Lifetime Upgrade Program by clicking here.

Can I upgrade my Diamond Wish engagement ring through the diamond upgrade program?

Yes! We help our customers upgrade their engagement rings through our Lifetime Upgrade Program often. Many people decide that they want to upgrade their original diamond or gemstone engagement ring later in life. Financial statuses change and so do personal tastes, so people often decide to opt for a center diamond upgrade or a setting upgrade after having owned their engagement ring for some time. If you ever decide that you want to upgrade your Diamond Wish engagement ring or wedding ring, you can do so through our Lifetime Upgrade Program at any time.

Does your upgrade policy allow me to upgrade my lab-grown diamond jewelry?

Yes, you can upgrade the lab-grown diamond jewelry you purchase at Diamond Wish through our Lifetime Upgrade Program! At any time, you can put your full paid lab-grown diamond purchase price toward another lab-grown jewelry item of your choice.

Does gemstone jewelry qualify for the Lifetime Upgrade Program?

Since we guarantee the quality of all our jewelry, all Diamond Wish jewelry qualifies for our Lifetime Upgrade Program, including our gemstone rings and the rest of our gemstone jewelry. 100% of the original purchase price paid for any of our gemstone pieces can be put towards a new purchase of any greater value.

What types of Diamond Wish jewelry can I upgrade?

People sometimes assume that only engagement rings qualify for our Lifetime Upgrade Program. But at Diamond Wish, you can upgrade any piece of jewelry you purchased from us using our lifetime trade in program, including our diamond stud earrings, diamond tennis bracelets, fashion rings, pendant necklaces, and more!

Ready to trade in your old jewelry and take advantage of our trade up program? First, browse our online jewelry store and pick out your new diamond or gemstone jewelry. We offer a beautiful array of diamond rings, wedding bands, solitaire diamond studs, halo diamond studs, gemstone studs, diamond bracelets, GIA graded loose diamonds, and much more. Once you’ve found your perfect new piece of jewelry, visit our UPGRADE page and start the upgrade process today!

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April 6, 2020

7 Pre-Wedding Wellness Tips to Prep You for the Big Day

It’s so important to prioritize your wellness during the wedding planning process. All too often, brides get focused on just the external details of their wedding, without considering that their wedding experience is, in the end, much more important than finding the right flowers and cake. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one you should enjoy to its fullest, including while you plan it. So to help you stay happy, stress-free, and well while you prep for the day you say “I do,” below we’re featuring 7 pre-wedding wellness tips for every bride-to-be!

1. Give Yourself Plenty of Planning Time (And Breathing Room)

We’ll start with perhaps the most important tip on our list: give yourself plenty of time to plan your wedding. It can be incredibly stressful if you find that you still have a lot on your to-do list when you’re approaching your wedding day. Especially because extra to-do list items always seem to pop up in those two weeks before the big day. So to eliminate the possibility of stress caused by a serious time crunch, make your wedding planning schedule very early (earlier than you think you need to). Then, make sure that schedule gives you plenty of breathing room so you can fit in all the little tasks that will likely pop up right before your wedding day.

2. Get Help When You Need It

One of the best things you can do for yourself when you’re wedding planning is to delegate tasks to others. It’s your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to try to do everything yourself. Whenever possible, delegate tasks to your relatives, your partner, and your bridesmaids. Spreading out small tasks among your loved ones, who are likely happy to help, can greatly reduce the amount of anxiety and pressure you feel as a bride-to-be.

In addition to spreading out wedding tasks among your helpful loved ones, you can also consider getting help physically preparing yourself for your wedding if need it. Most brides want to feel and look their best on their wedding day. But if the stress of working on your skin, health, fitness goals, or weight loss goals all on your own is getting to you, consider going to a dermatologist, hiring a personal trainer, and/or hiring a nutritionist. Hiring a professional to help you with your skincare routine, fitness plan, or your wedding diet plan can take a big weight off your shoulders as you prepare for your wedding. When you hire someone to help you reach these goals, you feel more supported, confident, and accountable, which can help you feel less stressed and help you maintain your healthy habits more easily.

3. Don’t Stress Over Small Details

Your wedding day is an important day in your life. But if you start to feel stressed over every little detail, remind yourself that though your wedding day is an important day, it’s just one day. Don’t let your wedding planning experience get ruined by stressing over things that don’t really matter. If you think you may be stressing the small stuff too much, consider prioritizing your to-do list. Put the things you think are the most crucial to your wedding’s success at the top. Making a prioritized list will help you step back, look at the big picture, and stop focusing too much on low priority issues.

4. Get Plenty of Rest

It’s all-too-easy to start skimping on sleep in the months leading up to your wedding, since wedding planning can be so hectic. However, getting enough rest is incredibly important for your physical and mental well-being. It’s critical that you get enough sleep if you want to stay energized, positive, and healthy. So be sure to prioritize sleep during the planning process and in the weeks leading up to your wedding. If you need to, consider setting a bedtime alarm on your phone that will help you remember to start winding down.

5. Hydrate

This tip may seem obvious, but it’s something many people overlook when they get stressed: stay hydrated. Drinking enough water will help you stay healthy and keep your energy levels up in the months leading up to your special day. Plus, it will help your skin look its best on your big day. Drinking plenty of water is just as important for the look of your skin as your skincare routine.

If you find that you’re not drinking enough water, consider using a water-tracking app that will help you remember to drink your 8 to 9 glasses a day. Also, if you struggle to drink plenty of water, consider adding more healthy, hydrating fruits and veggies to your meals or smoothies. Fruits and veggies that are high in water content (like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and lettuce) can help you take in more water throughout the day.

6. Meditate

If you’re feeling stressed during the wedding planning process, consider trying meditation. Meditation is a time-tested, scientifically proven stress-fighting activity. Meditation can help lower your heart rate, reduce high blood pressure, and increase serotonin production. If you’re concerned about the time commitment of starting to meditate, know that it’s something you can easily fit into a busy schedule. Research shows that just 10 minutes of daily meditation can make an enormous difference in your mood. So consider setting aside just 10 minutes of time daily for a bit of meditative self-care, since it can make a huge difference in your quality of life.

7. Exercise Regularly

Our last pre-wedding wellness tip is to exercise regularly. This is something that many brides who want to tone up for their wedding are already planning on doing. But know that cardio and strength training has more than just physical benefits; it also has a host of mental benefits. Exercise reduces stress, improves your mood, lowers your risk of depression, and it even helps your mental functioning. So exercise can kill two birds with one stone: it can help you get more fit for your wedding, while also helping you sail through the planning process with reduced stress and a happier mood.

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March 27, 2020

Diamond: The Unsurpassed April Birthstone

People who were born in the month of April are lucky to have the gorgeous, exquisitely brilliant diamond as their birthstone. Diamonds are perhaps the most desired of all the precious gems, thanks to their beauty, durability, versatility, and lovely meaning. Since diamonds are so highly desired, diamond jewelry makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. But diamond jewelry is a particularly thoughtful gift for someone with an April birthday, as it’s both beautiful and personalized.

Thinking of picking up a diamond piece for a loved one with an April birthday? Or do you want to get yourself something special for your April birthday? Read on to learn more about the history and meaning of April’s birthstone, the diamond, and to see some of our top recommendations for April birthstone jewelry gifts!

The History Of April’s Birthstone

It takes between one and three billion years for a diamond to form within the earth, so every natural diamond in existence is at least one billion years old. This ancient gemstone has been loved and desired by humans throughout the ages, since at least as far back as the fourth century BC. Some of the earliest records of humans trading diamonds come from the fourth century BC in ancient India, where diamonds were sometimes found in India’s rivers and streams. These diamonds were very limited in quantity so, initially, they were sold only to the wealthiest classes in India. This changed over time, however, as world trade expanded. In the Middle Ages, Indian traders traveled with caravans to markets in Venice, where they sold their diamonds to wealthy Europeans. By the 1400s, diamonds had become incredibly fashionable among European nobles.

India was the world’s first source of diamonds, and they remained the primary source for hundreds of years. In the early 1700s, however, India’s diamond supplies began to dwindle, while other countries were discovering their own supplies. In the 1700s, Brazil became the world’s dominant source of diamonds, followed by South Africa in the 1800s. Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world, including Canada, Botswana, Russia, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, and Angola.

The Meaning of April’s Birthstone

Diamonds have been associated with love since the time of Ancient Rome, when Ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds. Ancient people also strongly associated diamonds with strength, as diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth. The ancient Greek word for diamond was “adamas,” which means “invincible.” Ancient Greek warriors often wore diamonds into battle, as they believed they would strengthen their muscles and make their wearer invincible in battle.

Today, diamonds are still associated with love for oneself and others, and inner strength. Then, in the modern era, diamonds are also associated with purity, innocence, and eternity. The beautiful meaning of the diamond has made it the most popular gemstone for engagement rings.

April Birthstone Jewelry Gifts

With their extraordinarily high brilliance, diamonds look absolutely gorgeous in every type of fine jewelry. Then, the immense strength and hardness of diamonds also means that they’re quite a practical choice for any type of jewelry, and they’re every jeweler’s top recommendation for everyday rings. Diamond birthstone jewelry is simply a can’t-go-wrong gift option, no matter which type or style you choose. However, to help give you some inspiration, here are some of our current favorite diamond jewelry pieces!

Alena Diamond Ring With Diamond Band

A classic diamond ring with a pave diamond band is a timeless gift your loved one will treasure forever. Pictured above is the Alena Ring, a lovely, timeless engagement ring option. But if you’re looking for another style, we do have a custom diamond ring designer tool, which allows you to easily create the diamond engagement ring or fashion diamond ring of your dreams.

Solitaire Diamond Pendant Necklace

A solitaire diamond pendant necklace is beautiful, classic, and quite versatile. A diamond pendant necklace looks as at-home with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a black tie ensemble. A diamond pendant necklace is a can’t-fail gift option that they’ll be able to enjoy wearing for decades to come.

Elise Twisted Band Solitaire Diamond Ring

The Elise Diamond Ring is one of our current favorite solitaire styles. This utterly elegant ring setting features a slim, twisted band and a chic, timeless four prong solitaire setting. The Elise Ring is a lovely style that works beautifully as a classic engagement ring or as a beautiful promise ring.

Skylar Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Going for glamour? The Skylar Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring is the ideal choice. This gorgeous engagement ring, which could also double as a show-stopping cocktail ring, features an emerald cut halo setting adorned with shimmering pave diamonds. Additional diamonds accent this ring’s slim band, ensuring it will dazzle from every angle.

Shopping for a traditional birthstone birthday gift for a different month of the year? View our Gemstone Jewelry Collection, which features amethyst jewelry, aquamarine jewelry, topaz jewelry, citrine jewelry, and much more.

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March 27, 2020

March’s Beautiful Gemstone: Aquamarine Facts

If you’re a March baby, your birthstone is the aquamarine, a lovely blue gemstone named for its resemblance to a shimmering, crystal clear blue ocean. Aquamarine is a gorgeous gemstone that looks simply stunning in every type of fine jewelry. Aquamarine’s soft blue hue also pairs beautifully with every precious metal, making it quite a versatile gem. But then, in addition to being beautiful and versatile, aquamarine is a gem with rich history and meaning. Curious to know more about March’s birthstone, the aquamarine? Read on to learn 14 fascinating facts about aquamarine!

This 14k white gold twisted band ring features a gorgeous cushion cut aquamarine, the gem of the sea.

1. The word aquamarine is derived from the Latin word “aqua,” which means water, and the Latin word “marina,” which means the sea. So the gemstone aquamarine’s name, “aqua marina,” literally translates to “the water of the sea.”

2. Aquamarine is the blue to blue-green variety of beryl, which means it’s in the same family as emerald (green beryl) and morganite (pink beryl).

3. Aquamarine gets its mesmerizing blue color from traces of iron that reside within its crystalline structure.

4. In engagement rings, aquamarine is thought to symbolize health, clear communication, and courage.

The emerald cut aquamarine within this beautiful diamond and aquamarine engagement ring is thought to help promote clear communication in marriage.

5. In modern times, aquamarine is associated with tranquility, mental clarity, and good health.

6. Due to its oceanic color, aquamarine has long been associated with the mermaids, the sea, and sailors. Since the time of Ancient Greece and Rome, aquamarine has been nicknamed “The Sailor’s Stone.” Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that carrying this light blue stone would ensure safe passage to sailors during their voyages and help to prevent seasickness. Greeks and Romans sometimes engraved Poseidon or Neptune, the gods of the sea, on an aquamarine stone to provide extra protection for its wearer, who would generally wear the engraved gem in an amulet.

7. The beautiful blue aquamarine is the traditional gemstone given on the 19th wedding anniversary.

This dazzling halo aquamarine ring works beautifully as an engagement ring or as a 19th wedding anniversary gift.

8. Many cultures throughout history believed that aquamarine had healing properties. Using aquamarine medicinally was particularly popular in Europe during the Middle Ages. During this time, Europeans believed that aquamarines could improve digestion, help one avoid fluid retention, and even work as an antidote against poison.

9. Aquamarine became the official modern March birthstone in 1912, when the American National Association of Jewelers gave it its new title.

10. Aquamarines rank at a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making them quite a durable gemstone. Since they’re a hard gemstone, aquamarines are a great option for many types of jewelry, including rings.

The emerald cut aquamarine within this elegant halo aquamarine ring is as durable as it is beautiful.

11. The largest gemstone-quality aquamarine ever found weighed in at a staggering 243 pounds. This aquamarine, discovered in the Minas Gerais mine in Brazil in 1910, was cut into numerous smaller stones that together weighed over 200,000 carats.

12. The largest cut aquamarine gemstone in the world has a name: Dom Pedro. The Dom Pedro Aquamarine weighs 10,363 carats and is available for public view at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.

13. Queen Elizabeth II, a known lover of fine gems, adores aquamarines. During her coronation in 1953, the President of Brazil presented Queen Elizabeth with a fine aquamarine necklace and a stunning pair of aquamarine earrings. Queen Elizabeth found that she loved the gem so much that she added numerous aquamarine pieces to her collection of royal jewels. Some well-known aquamarine pieces within Queen Elizabeth’s collection include an aquamarine tiara, an aquamarine bracelet, and an aquamarine brooch.

14. Today, most of the world’s aquamarine is found in Brazil. But aquamarine has been found in many places across the globe, including in Angola, Pakistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Russia, Tanzania, and in Colorado, USA.

Can’t get enough of the gem of the sea? View more aquamarine jewelry.

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