What kind of center stone should I choose for my engagement ring? Traditional earth-mined diamond, lab grown diamond or moissanite?
Important engagement ring considerations before popping the big question:
Shopping for a wedding ring is among one of the most memorable of life time events, there are so many factors to consider when buying your engagement ring such as; The ring style, type of gold, the size and shape of the center stone, solitaire or a halo setting, vintage inspired or classic style and don't forget, should you Include accent stones on the ring or leave it clean? These are some of the common questions many people in the market for an engagement ring should consider, but the most important is, what type of center stone should i pick for my engagement ring?
The center stone is often the most expensive part and possibly the most difficult to choose, it is important to take a time and consider whether to go with a natural earth mined diamond, a lab grown diamond (real but cultured, man made), or a Moissanite. If you aren’t sure don’t feel bad, you are not alone. Many people aren’t fully clear on the differences between these center options but i hope I can help to resolve some of your questions.
Are traditional earth-mined diamonds better than Lab grown diamonds?
Are lab grown diamonds better than earth mined?
Are Moissanites better than diamonds?
The three primary industries/options above each have valid pros and cons. I personally don’t think one stone is better than the other because of their retail value. Each one of the three stones will make a beautiful ring. I’ve use them in my vintage inspired engagement rings and they all look gorgeous. They made couples equally happy.
What I recommend to my customers is to do a little research on each type of stone. Find out their attributes, pros and cons and than set a budget and see which of the three choices might best fit your pocket, criteria and values.
Price Comparison Natural diamond - Lab diamond - Mossanite.
For example, let’s take a solitaire engagement ring wiht a 1 carat center stone to compare the prices of each stone. In this case, let’s assume a medium high quality G color SI1 quality using early to mid 2020 market value estimates.
- With a GIA Certified diamond G-SI1. Approximate Market Value $7,000
- With a CVD IGI Lab Grown (man made) Certified Diamond G-SI1. Approximate Market Value $3,500
- With a Moissanite Forever One C&C Certified DEF. Approximate Market Value $1,100
The rings would look similar to the naked eye with slight differences in sparkle with Moissanites but at the end the customer has to decide what fits his/her values and budget. After you learn some of the fundamentals, I am happy to help you with your decision.
In conclusion, whatever product you choose and wherever you make your purchase, I hope this information helps with your selection. If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to ask me any questions.
TIP: If budget is a significant concern for you, some couples agree to go with a modest, affordable option at engagement with the goal of upgrading in the future when financial situations improve. If this is your situation, there is no shame at all and please be open and honest and I will do my best to help you!
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