Lab-Created Diamond Rings: Definitive Buyer's Guide

If you're new to buying diamond jewelry, you may not have known that some diamonds are grown in a lab rather than mined from the earth. You'll likely have several questions about this type of diamond. Perhaps you're wondering why there's a need for such a practice. Your most central question might be, “How valuable can lab-mined diamonds really be?”

As you shop for diamond jewelry, you'll want to ensure you're getting excellent quality for the price you're paying. You'll also want to know jewelers sourced your jewelry ethically before they deliver it to your hands. Let's learn about the history of diamond mining practices, including why lab-grown diamonds are your next favorite purchase. Then, we'll explore our favorite lab-grown diamond rings. 

How are Diamonds Usually Mined? 

Most people have a vague understanding that diamonds are a natural resource and that they hold incredible value. How do these precious stones get from their natural environment into a jeweler's collection? Here are a few standard methods of mining:

Open-Pit: This is a conventional form of mining diamonds that includes extracting diamonds from as deep as 250 meters below the earth's surface.

Pipe-Mining: Through this method, long hollow pipe cylinders are pushed deep into the earth. Then, these pipes collect enormous amounts of soil, are transported off-shore to be processed. From there, specialists extract diamonds from the soil. 

Alluvial Mining: This process occurs by manipulating water bodies to transport kimberlite ore, creating a secondary extraction process. 

The Kimberley Process 

Unfortunately, many diamond mining practices can lead to environmental destruction, poor working conditions, and unethical trading of 'blood diamonds.' In 2000, many countries established an agreement called the Kimberley Process that would hold agreeing members to a standard of trading conflict-free diamonds. In agreeing to be transparent about their practices, the impacts of unethical diamonds is reduced. Noémie gladly participates in this ethical practice, offering you stunning conflict-free diamonds that are natural and lab-created. 

What is a Lab-Grown Diamond? 

A lab-created diamond is conflict-free by definition. Since it's grown in-house, there's no worry over unethical mining practices or a history of harmful trading. Lab-created diamonds are formed through the same natural processes that occur in nature. The only difference is that these processes are curated in a lab rather than in nature. Since they're entirely identical to natural-mined diamonds, not even a jeweler could be able to tell the difference between a cultured diamond and a natural one. 

When a diamond is created in a lab, its carbon makeup is identical to an earth-mined diamond. Creating these stones in a lab is one way for jewelry retailers to maintain standards aligned with the Kimberley Process. Lab-created diamonds are also less expensive than earth-mined diamonds, so there's more than one benefit for considering this option. That said, nothing compares to the true luxury of a natural-grown diamond—it’s all about what you’re looking for. 

Six Essential Lab-Grown Diamond Rings

We hope you're starting to see the benefits of lab-created diamonds. They're not the only option for conflict-free diamonds, but they're a terrific option to consider, nonetheless. As you shop for diamond jewelry, you may be interested in choosing a lab-grown diamond to stay within your budget. At Noémie, we feature multiple lab-grown options for diamond rings. Here are our six favorites. 

1. Noémie's Lab-Grown Solitaire Ring 

If you're looking for a timeless engagement ring that stuns, our Lab-Grown Solitaire ring is for you. This style has been adored for decades, featuring one central stone in one, one-point-five, or two carats. The diamond featured in this ring is conflict-free and sustainably made with the highest-quality materials. As with all of our diamond rings, our lab-created solitaire ring includes an IGI certificate to prove it's the real deal. 

2. Noémie's Lab-Grown Eternity Band Ring 

An eternity band is one of the most well-loved ring designs throughout history. The stones line the entire band, symbolizing unending devotion. Our Lab-Grown Eternity Band Ring displays glimmering white diamonds that shine as brightly as earth-grown stones. You can wear this eternity band ring alone or pair it with a lab-created engagement ring. It's a classic design that matches any look. 

3. Noémie's Lab-Grown Baguette Diamond Band Ring 

Are you looking for an eternity band with extra personality? Our baguette diamond band includes beautiful geometric stones that add dimension and flair to your jewelry. Our Lab-Grown Baguette Diamond Band Ring is an attractive, cost-effective option for a wedding jewelry budget or anniversary gift. You're free to select your choice of white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or a platinum band to showcase your impressive stones.

4. Noémie's Lab-Grown Five-Row White Diamond Band 

Perhaps you're interested in buying your partner an anniversary gift that will leave them breathless. If you want to invest in lab-grown conflict-free diamonds, consider our Lab-Grown Five-Row White Diamond Band. This band features five beautiful layers of glittering diamonds with a combined 1.90-carat weight. It's an excellent way to show your beloved how much you adore them. You can spend the money you saved on a meaningful day trip to the sea. 

5. Noémie's Lab-Grown Oval-Cut Eternity Band Ring 

Do you prefer rounder shapes and silhouettes in your diamond jewelry? Perhaps you find that circular diamonds have been done before, and you want a band that stands apart from the rest. Consider our Lab-Grown Oval-Cut Eternity Band Ring. This band is lined with charming F/G color oval diamonds with a VS clarity grade. This sustainable band will shine just as splendidly as a band with natural stones. 

6. Lab-Grown Halo Pavé 

Perhaps you're looking for an engagement ring that's attractive and bold. Our Lab-Grown Halo Pavé Band boasts a sparkling center stone surrounded by white pavé diamonds. It's handset in 18K gold in the color of your choice. This ethical engagement ring will shimmer beautifully when it's paired with our lab-grown diamond eternity band. 

Other Ways Noémie Has Your Best Interest In Mind 

At Noémie, we value sustainable materials and a sustainable process. We commit to only using high-quality metals and stones, so the Noémie jewelry you receive never wavers in quality. Here are a few more benefits you'll love when you browse our fine jewelry. 

Handcrafted Pieces 

Rather than mass-producing machine-made jewelry, we handcraft every piece with care. Not only does handcrafted jewelry receive more attention to detail, but it's also a more intentional form of production. When you wear your custom Noémie Diamond Ring or your Personalized Necklace, you can delight in knowing it was handmade for you. 

No Unnecessary Markups 

In jewelry, many retailers make their money by marking up their products far past reasonable limits. To prevent marking up our fine jewelry, we took measures to handle production responsibly, including owning our own production house to cut out the middle man. We also offer great value by using only quality materials that will last throughout your journey. You deserve valuable jewelry at a great price. 

Conclusion 

As you shop for diamond jewelry, you'll want to ensure your jewels are ethically sourced while maintaining high quality. Whether you're purchasing an engagement ring or a diamond band for a loved one's birthday gift, lab-mined stones are splendid alternatives to natural stones if budgeting is important to you. Should you choose to go with a natural diamond, we can support you in your purchase. We gladly offer fine jewelry at affordable prices so that you can have an alluring diamond ring at a terrific price.  

Sources:

How are diamonds mined? A look at the global supply chain | Mining Technology 

Lab-Grown Diamonds FAQ | Gem Society 

About | KimberleyProcess