You have finally found the one, and it is time to seal the deal. For most people, the deal is sealed when they put a ring on it – a diamond ring, no less. At Jewels Sage, we understand that picking the perfect ring is an important decision. After all, it is going to be a representation of your eternal commitment to your other half. And let’s not forget that it comes with a hefty price tag attached.
Buying a diamond ring is no small task, and it requires some degree of knowledge. As you explore your options, you might find yourself being given the choice of natural diamonds or diamond alternatives aka grown diamonds, diamond simulants, created diamond, artisan diamond and the list goes on.
So, which one should you choose?
Both natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds are REAL diamonds. Simulated diamonds are almost the same, and to the naked eye, there is no difference between the two, and you will need specialized equipment to actually tell them apart.
The main difference is how they are grown: natural diamonds take several thousand years to grow in the ground, while lab grown diamonds are grown under controlled conditions within days. And, with growing technology, simulated diamonds that are created with natural zirconium oxide can now out sparkle even its most finely cut predecessor.
What are conflict diamonds?
Natural diamonds, of course, cost significantly more than alternative diamonds. They are obtained through diamond mining in areas that have historically been raided with war and violence. The proceeds then go on to fund these wars, which is why they are sometimes referred to as ‘conflict’ diamonds. There have been several controversies surrounding the extraction of these natural diamonds, such as child labor and other human rights violations. Although not all natural diamonds come with this dark history attached, there is no real way of knowing how your diamond might have been sourced.
Why choose an alternative diamond?
Alternative diamonds, on the other hand, come at a fraction of the price of natural diamonds. Since these diamonds don’t cause too noticeable a dent in your wallet, they make a great choice for couples who are wise and ethical consumers. You could also put the money saved towards something else – perhaps, consider making your proposal extra special by squeezing in a staycation in the same budget!
Diamond simulants are also a great choice for the eco-conscious couple. They are more environmentally sustainable as they require less energy during the creation phase. Plus, these diamonds don’t come with a guilt tag attached, since you will know exactly where your diamond has been sourced from.
Now that you know the similarities and differences between natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds, the decision is yours – Do you want to burn a hole in your pocket by buying a natural diamond ring, or choose an ethically-sourced ring from Jewels Sage?