January 20th, 2020 | by Anubh Shah

Lab Diamond Buying Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to finding a symbol of love, many have succumbed to gift real diamonds. Nowadays, an increasing number of couples are choosing to buy lab grown diamonds, even when comes to finding a diamond engagement ring. Most couples either prefer not to spend what it costs to have the natural diamond or they have ethical concerns regarding how natural diamonds are procured.

With that being said, most diamond buyers seemingly cannot tell the difference between a naturally mined diamond and a lab created diamond with the naked eye. 

When looking at laboratory grown diamonds, you should know that these stones are made of the same carbon as natural diamonds. The difference between a created and a natural diamond is how they are made, not what they are made of. Side note, cubic zirconia is not a lab diamond, it is a synthetic diamond. With much misinformation out in the world, lab created diamonds have the same durability, sparkle, and strength as natural diamonds. Therefore lab diamonds have the same chemical and optical properties as natural diamonds.

How to Vet a Jeweler

You want to do your due diligence when picking a reputable jeweler. For example, making sure to read reviews and customer testimonials. Never hesitate to ask the jeweler important questions about policies, returns, and warranties. Be sure that the service they provide before, during and after your purchase is as top-notch as it should be.

Then, as an extra step, give them a call or contact them via email or live chat. At With Clarity, we have expert gemologists always ready for your questions. Contact us here.

How Important is Diamond Certification?

When shopping for a lab created diamond, you want to look for an IGI (International Gemological Institute) certification. An IGI certificate will provide information on aspects of the lab diamond that will let you efficiently compare the diamonds you have in mind. Moreover, the IGI certification will provide detailed information including carat weight and cut. Considering, the aforementioned are the most important features that will impact the cost of a diamond, the “4 C’s” of diamonds refer to the carat, cut, color, and clarity.

An indicator of an IGI certificate is by the yellow color of the report. Furthermore, on the diamond, the number laser inscribed should match the one on the report. In this paper, IGI experts will identify the cut and shape of the diamond. They will also provide the carat weight, a color grade, and a clarity grade. Comparing these aspects of the diamonds should help you determine the value you are getting for the price you are presented, and allow you to determine your diamond purchase while working within your budget. 

International Gemological Institute certificate for lab grown diamonds

It is worth noting, you want to make certain your understanding of how the carat weight, cut, color and clarity grades of your lab created diamond can impact your purchase price. As well as know about the specs of a lab diamond’s polish, fluorescence, symmetry, and proportions of a diamond.

What is the Resale Value of a Lab Grown Diamond?

Although many people consider the resale value of natural diamonds, created diamonds do not have the same value in the marketplace. Should you be concerned about the resale value of a man made stone? In the circumstance when you are not purchasing a man made diamond for ethical or financial reasons. The most important idea is, people, buy diamonds whether natural or lab, as a sign of their love and commitment. 

A lab diamond versus a natural diamond.

How to Shop for a Lab Grown Diamond

You might wonder, where do I buy a lab created diamond? You can walk into your local jewelry store, but a quick google search will let you know that isn’t your only option. As with many shopping situations, you can find reputable diamond jewelers who don’t rely on the traditional brick and mortar store. Interested in shopping online for your lab grown created diamond? You can protect yourself in four easy ways.

  1. 1. Use a Credit Card: Using a credit card will give you added protection regardless of whether you are buying in-store or from online retailers.
  2. 2. Ask questions about the product: Make sure you ask all of the questions you have regarding the diamonds you are considering buying. This should include questions regarding certification of the diamonds you are looking at, differences between characteristics, and which diamond matches well with ring styles you are considering.
  3. 3. Ask questions about the jeweler’s policies: Make sure you understand return policies and warranty policies.
  4. 4. Make sure you receive what you order:  Take a screen-shot of the product page of the diamond you wish to order and verify your order when you receive your diamond.

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