Lab Created vs. Simulated Diamond Rings

Lab Created vs. Simulated Diamond Rings

There are many things to consider when purchasing an engagement ring.  With the variety of options available to consumers today, and the list of options growing every day, the possible engagement ring configurations are endless!

If you’ve settled on your precious metal choice, the engagement ring style and center stone carat weight, there’s another choice to make for the eco-conscious consumer.  The comparison between lab created diamonds versus simulated diamonds is another step in your ethically-sourced engagement ring journey.

With all of the information available out there, it can be difficult to wade through the facts in order to arrive at the perfect decision for your ring. There are a variety of simulated diamond options available on the market and some sources will present simulants as equals to lab created diamonds, but there are a few key differences to note.

Diamond simulants are sparkling, beautiful and eco-friendly.  One key characteristic of pure carbon, lab-created diamonds that simulants cannot replicate is the hardness.  Diamonds, whether lab-created or mined are the hardest gem known to man, measuring a solid 10 on the Mohs’ Scale.  As beautiful, glittering, accessible and affordable as simulants can be, there is no simulant that measures a 10 on the Mohs’ Scale.  If you want the center stone on your engagement ring to be cut from the hardest gemstone known to man as well as being eco-friendly and ethical, you need a lab created diamond engagement ring ( more on  ).  Lab created diamonds are more costly to create than simulants, so there is a cost difference to consider.  Some couples start out by purchasing diamond simulant engagement rings with plans to upgrade the center stone to a lab created diamond in the future as an anniversary gift if cost is an issue.

Another substantial difference between lab created diamond rings and simulated diamond rings is the fact that typically simulant stones are available in a single color and clarity bracket, while lab created diamonds are available in a large range of color and clarity options.  Since lab created diamonds are truly diamonds, the same color and clarity properties that apply to mined diamonds, apply to lab created diamonds. This causes lab created diamonds to fluctuate greatly in price based on those characteristics, while simulated diamonds or simulants typically have a uniform cost per carat due to their uniform color and clarity.

Whatever you choose, remember that the choice is completely yours to make. The beautiful, ethical and responsible options that are available make lab created diamond engagement rings more accessible than ever, allowing every couple to find the perfect ring for their journey together.An article created in cooperation with