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Top 7 Diamond Shapes & What They Say About You

What does your choice in diamond shape or enagement ring shape say about you?

Often the first step in choosing an engagement ring is determining the shape (round, princess, marquise, etc.) of the diamond you like best.

Shape describes a diamond's form, primarily as viewed from above; and although a round, or brilliant-cut, diamond is the most popular, there are many others to consider. 

Did you know that the shape of diamond you prefer may reveal something about your personality, style or love life?

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Vs. Mined Diamonds: What you should know

Are lab diamonds, real diamonds? YES! Are lab diamonds worth anything? YES!

There has been a lot of debate regarding what a lab-crafted (also known as lab-created) diamond is and if it’s a “real” diamond. 

Let’s dive into what sets these stones apart (or doesn’t) from naturally-mined diamonds. Of course, it’s a personal preference, but we don’t think lab-grown diamonds are a fad, in fact, we think they’re here for the long haul. Here are some of the facts so you can decide what’s best for you!

What is a lab-grown diamond?

The main difference between a lab-grown diamond and a naturally-mined diamond is simply the way it is created. A mined diamond is formed naturally deep beneath the Earth’s crust where temperatures and pressures are very high. These diamonds can only be mined when rare volcanoes erupt and bring them close to the surface.  

We imitate that same process in our lab using a High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process. What starts as a diamond seed— a minuscule slice of a diamond— blossoms into a large, rough diamond as carbon atoms grow around it. These elegant pieces are grown in certified labs that use very limited energy and emit next to no emissions.

Lab-Crafted Diamond Rings

 

DIAMONDS FROM THE LAB

  1. Lab diamonds usually cost about 30% less than natural diamonds of similar size & quality.

  2. The grown diamond process duplicates what occurs naturally- making it impossible for the human eye to identify the difference of lab-grown or earth mined.

  3. They are certified & graded to the same standards as mined diamonds.

What are lab-diamonds made of?

 

DIAMONDS FROM THE MINE

 

  1. There is a large selection readily available of designs, sizes, and shapes to choose from.

  2. Diamonds formed from earth’s crust with incredible quality are rare, and that’s part of their appeal. Formed under the earth’s crust over billions of years

  3. Those mined today formed billions of years ago, giving them an unprecedented historic charm.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry

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1. Why are lab-grown diamonds cheaper?

Lab-created and natural diamonds have the same costs when it comes to cutting, polishing, and inspection. The difference in price stems from the difference in the costs and processes leading up to that point, the heavy cost of mining. 

2. Is a Cubic Zirconia (CZ) the same as a lab-grown diamond?

Absolutely not. A diamond is made of carbon and cubic zirconia has zero carbon, making it much weaker and with different light performance than lab-crafted or natural diamonds.

3. Do laboratory-grown diamonds look real?

The short answer: Yes, because they are real diamonds. Lab-crafted and natural diamonds cannot be differentiated with the naked eye. They also have that same sparkle you’d look for in a natural diamond. You can’t tell the difference between lab-created diamonds and real diamonds without specialized equipment, even if you’re a professional gemologist! The best way to tell the difference between lab-grown diamonds and real diamonds is to look at the grading report.

4. Are lab-grown diamonds GIA Certified?

A lab-grown diamond is graded and certified using the same process as a mined diamond. Just like our mined diamonds, our lab-crafted diamonds are sent to a gem lab that specializes in grading diamonds. Each diamond is graded using the 4C’s (cut, clarity, color, and carat). Both are held to the exact same standards. (Learn more about the 4Cs.

5. Do lab-grown diamonds have flaws?

Both mined and lab-crafted diamonds are at the mercy of science, and there is no way to guarantee a perfect diamond. All diamonds will inevitably include different amounts of flaws and inclusions, which is why they are graded and certified. It is important to note that lab-grown

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Sapphire Birthstone Guide | History & Meaning

September’s birthstone (the sapphire) is said to be one of the most sought after gemstones for the majority of human civilization.

It represents qualities like sincerity, faithfulness and truth.

One of the most romantic and royal stones on planet earth, the sapphire has earned itself quite the reputation. Read on to find out more about the sapphire’s important past and promising future.

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Top Personalized Jewelry Gifts for Any Occasion

For a token so strong in meaning, how is it possible to then elevate a piece of jewelry to mean more (and spark pure magic)? 

The answer is personalized gifts, and more specifically customized jewelry. Because what's more special and thoughtful than gifting that special someone (or yourself) a necklace, ring, or bracelet that's been engraved with their/your initials (or even zodiac sign)? Not much.

Below, we’ve broken down 10 of the most recommended jewelry gifts to personalize!

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Ideas: The Jewelry Edition

To help create a powerful sentiment like this, it’s time to gift that special someone jewelry.

However, we’re not just talking about any ordinary someone, but the amazing fathers in our lives.

Celebrate Father’s Day with your father, in-law, husband, son, step-father or grandfather with these 15 Father’s Day gift ideas, that are sure to fit every dad’s taste.

Whether it’s personalized Father’s Day gifts, or luxury Father’s Day gifts - we promise the dad in your life is sure to love it!

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A Match for Moms of all Types: Mom's Official Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and we’re here to help you choose the perfect gift for the special mom in your life, whether it’s your mom, wife, sister, grandmother or your best friend.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans planned to spend $4.2 billion on jewelry for Mother’s Day, making it one of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts.

But all moms are different and it can be tough to figure out which piece mom would like best.

Our Mother’s Day gift guide is here to help!  Whether your mom is trendy, sporty, all about the glam or classically elegant, we’ve got her perfect match. 

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On Time: Best Timepieces for Mom

...Because she always taught us the importance of being "on time". Celebrate mom with the perfect timepiece. If you’re not sure which to choose, don’t worry, we’ve laid out the perfect choice based on her lovable personality below.
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The Perfect "Fit" For Mom: Mother's Gift Ideas

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. The old saying really does ring true. Choose pieces that can be worn regardless of size so that you aren’t left guessing whether or not the gift will fit. We put together a gift guide of “easy-fits” like bracelets, pendants & watches — if you see something you love, then click on the image to see more!
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3 Colorful Engagement Rings She Will Say Yes To

Want your engagement ring to stand out from the crowd?

A uniquely colored gemstone engagement ring might be just what the bride ordered. They’re beautiful. They’re unusual. And they can be a great value. 

The decision to commitment can be scary, to a colored stone engagement ring that is. Here are a few ways to add that color without going overboard.

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To Shop Together or Not? Tips on Buying an Engagement Ring

The next step is to think about how you’re going to propose, and, of course, the engagement ring! Traditionally, choosing an engagement ring has been a job just for the guys. But times have changed, and more and more couples are choosing to shop for an engagement ring together. But which way is best? There are certainly pros and cons for each situation. Whether you choose to shop together or alone, we are here to guide you through the entire engagement ring buying process.
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