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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January 31, 2020

Classic Blue Jewelry: 2020 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is the beautiful Classic Blue, a deep shade of true blue. Pantone describes Classic Blue as “reminiscent of the sky at dusk.” Though, to us, it’s also reminiscent of some of our favorite gemstones! The calming, timeless color of Classic Blue is perfectly reflected in blue sapphires and London Blue topaz, two gemstones that have a timelessness of their own. These blue gemstones have long been associated with royalty, loyalty, faith, and stability. The meaning of blue sapphires and blue topaz fit perfectly with Pantone’s description of Classic Blue as a “reassuring, dependable, and stable” color.

Looking to add a bit of the Color of the Year’s calming elegance to your jewelry box? Read on to see some of our favorite ways to wear Classic Blue. 

Classic Blue Sapphire Rings

Blue sapphires perfectly echo the color of the sky at dusk, just like Classic Blue. One of our favorite ways to wear a classic blue sapphire is in an elegant sapphire ring that features diamond accents. White diamonds beautifully complement the depth of a blue sapphire. A white diamond’s bright, shimmering radiance makes a blue sapphire look even more rich and colorful.

Classic halo settings, which follow the shape of a piece’s center stone, are a lovely choice for sapphire jewelry. Then, another stunning option is a floral diamond halo, like the one pictured above. Floral halos are a romantic, timeless choice for a sapphire engagement ring or a sapphire cocktail ring. While floral halos are always a classic option, they’ve been even more popular in recent years, thanks to Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring, which features a floral halo setting.

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Classic Blue Sapphire Stud Earrings

Solitaire stud earrings are a chic and sophisticated way to wear a classic blue sapphire. A pair of blue sapphire studs can add the perfect pop of color to any ensemble. For a more modern or streamlined look, we recommend going with a bezel setting for your blue sapphire studs, as seen above. For a more classic look, opt for a four prong basket setting. Then, if you want a more glamorous effect, we recommend forgoing a solitaire setting and selecting a halo setting that will give you added brilliance.

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Classic Blue Topaz Engagement Rings

Blue topaz ranges in color from a clear, sky blue to a deep, midnight blue. London Blue topaz, the deepest shade of blue topaz, is the color that best emulates Pantone’s Classic Blue.

London Blue topaz looks gorgeous in many types of jewelry. However, we will say that one of our current favorites types of London Blue topaz jewelry is a London Blue topaz engagement ring. Blue topaz is associated with calmness, peacefulness, and inspiration, which makes it a lovely and meaningful choice for your engagement ring.

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Classic Blue Sapphire Pendant Necklace

Last up in our list of Classic Blue jewelry, we have blue sapphire pendants. A blue sapphire pendant is incredibly elegant, classic, and beautiful. A blue sapphire necklace can be worn on its own to add a touch of timeless elegance to an outfit. Or, it can also add a gorgeous pop of color to an intricate layered look.

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December 4, 2019

The Holiday Engagement List of What to Do and Not to Do

Holiday engagements can be incredibly magical. The holidays are a beautiful time of year: lights are twinkling, snow is falling, and there’s simply a feeling of joy in the air. Then, the holidays are also a time when we tend to start thinking of the year ahead and planning for the future. These elements make the holidays a perfect time to propose, which is why so many people choose to pop the question in the winter months.

However, if you’re thinking of proposing during the holidays, there are some things you should think about to make sure your proposal goes off without a hitch. Because, though the holidays are a lovely time of year, getting down on one knee during the holidays isn’t always a foolproof plan. There are many things to take advantage of that can make your holiday proposal incredible— but also a few pitfalls to avoid. To make sure your holiday proposal is as perfect as you dream of, read on to learn the do’s and don’ts of holiday engagements!

DO: Use the Magic of the Season to Your Advantage

Proposing with an icy blue topaz engagement ring can add a magical, fairytale-feel to your holiday proposal.

The holidays are an incredibly beautiful time of year. The scenery is stunning and the holidays are full of fun and special activities. So, be sure to use the magic of the season to your advantage when you plan your proposal.

There are many ways to amp up your proposal with a bit of holiday magic. For example, you could propose in front of a gorgeous holiday display, like in front of the most festive Christmas display in your city. Or, you could incorporate the snow into your proposal by writing “will you marry me?” in a snowy bank. You could also incorporate a fun seasonal activity into your proposal by proposing while decorating your Christmas tree or while on a sleigh ride.

The key to using the magic of the season to your advantage is to get creative. Think about your sweetheart’s favorite things to do during the holidays and find a way to incorporate them into your proposal.

DON’T: Propose in Front of Family (Unless You Know She’d Love It)

Proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family can be a wonderful idea. But it can also be a terrible idea. Some people have awkward or unpleasant family dynamics. And these family dynamics can be heightened by the holidays. So if you’re thinking of proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family, we would advise you to seriously consider whether or not that’s a good idea.

If she absolutely loves being around her family during the holidays and everyone in her family always seems to get along, then proposing with her family there could be a great idea. But if there are some negative dynamics in her family (say, she has anxiety or frustration after being around her family, she has divorced parents who argue, or perhaps she has an unhappily single relative who would be overtly jealous of a proposal), you might want to reconsider proposing around them.

DO: Propose Before the End of the Holiday Season

A halo engagement ring is a glamorous and classic option that will be the center of attention at every holiday gathering.

Proposing early in the holiday season is not a requirement. However, it is a great idea, since it will make the rest of the holidays even better. If you propose before the very end of the season, you and your new fiancé will get to celebrate your engagement as you make the holiday rounds. Your friends and family will all be able to celebrate your engagement with you, which will make for many happy holiday memories.

DON’T: Make Her Wait A Long Time if She’s Expecting a Proposal

Some proposals come as a total surprise. But, sometimes, she may be expecting it. And if you think your girlfriend may be expecting a proposal during the holidays, you shouldn’t make her wait and wait. As every holiday event or activity passes by, she could get more and more frustrated if she’s expecting a proposal— but it never seems to come. So if you think, for any reason, that she could be expecting a proposal during the holidays, make sure to plan your proposal for early in the season. Use your best judgement and pick a time and date when she’ll still feel excited (rather than frustrated or annoyed) about your proposal.

Final Thoughts

A vibrant green peridot engagement ring is a unique engagement ring she’d adore receiving any time of year.

There you have it: our holiday engagement do’s and don’ts! Keep in mind that these holiday engagement tips are just guidelines. At the end of the day, you know your partner best and you should always go with your gut instinct when planning your perfect proposal.

P.S. If you’re still shopping for the perfect ring to propose with this holiday season, be sure to browse our beautiful selection of handcrafted engagement rings!

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