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The Great Diamond Debate: Real, Alternative, or Fake?

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The Great Diamond Debate:
Real, Alternative, or Fake?

Diamonds VS. Alternative Stones
for your Engagement Ring

Presenting your one true love with a ring has become a global symbol of devotion. A diamond is recognized as the most sentimental and romantic symbol of love and marriage.

As traditions take on new forms, and both partners want to be involved in the purchasing process, we believe that every couple should be well-informed on the ring they are purchasing and the selection of stones they have to choose from.

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However, the Federal Trade Commission’s recent amendment to the Jewelry Guides was approved with the intention of preventing deception in jewelry marketing. A Forbes article, The Jewelry Industry Grapples with the Real Impact of Lab-Grown Diamonds, refers the alterations of the original definition, “A diamond is a natural mineral consisting of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric system,” by comparing it to the new definition, “A diamond is a mineral consisting essentially of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric system.” This ruling, though it was meant to benefit the consumer, has resulted in confusion. There still remains a lack of consistency between the differing definitions of a Natural Diamond versus a Lab Grown Diamond. This translates to the consumer’s pre-purchase anxiety, resulting in frustration and an elongated purchasing process.

Simply put, whether it is formed within the Earth and extracted or grown in a laboratory, a diamond is a diamond. However, since there is still a strong distinction within the industry between natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds, it is important that all consumers are empowered with the facts to make a well-informed and confident decision.

PROPERTY NATURAL DIAMOND LAB GROWN DIAMOND MOISSANITE CUBIC ZIRCONIA 
Commonly Marketed As -Genuine
– Authentic
– Natural
– Real
– Rare
-Mined
– Artificial
– Brand made
-Created

– Cultivated
– Cultured

– Hybrid Diamond
-Synthetic
– Man made or manufactured
– lab grown
– lab made
– HTHP Diamond
– CVD Diamond
– Crystal
– Gemstone
– Diamond substitute
– Diamond stimulant
-CZ
– Fake
– Glass
– Diamond stimulant
MOHS Scale of Hardness 10 10 8.0-8.5 9.25
Color Based on a letter scale:

D – F= Colorless

S – Z = yellow

Based on a letter scale:

D – F= Colorless

S – Z = yellow

Comparable to a D colored diamond with yellow and green refractions under UV lighting Comparable to I-J color diamonds, showing hues of yellows, grays and greens
Clarity  This varies with each diamond; there is typically some sort of inclusion VS  to SI I to F VS1 to VS2
Cut This variable depends on the cost of the diamond; a more precise cut will increase its value This variable depends on the cost of the diamond; a more precise cut will increase its value Varies depending on it’s cost This stone is cut to correct or sub-due the refractive index that is twice as high as that of a diamond
Pricing $$$$ $$$ $$ $
Who’s it for?  A sentimental & romantic individual with high standards for quality and a desire for one of a kind pieces.  A  thoughtful individual who is in-tune with trends and wants to know that their diamond was created within a laboratory.  An individual who wants a gemstone with great brilliance that is lab created and generates a yellow-green iridescence.  An individual who wants to wear a ring with a large statement stone, without the value of a diamond. 

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The discussion of man-made diamonds within the luxury jewelry industry has been a controversial topic of conversation for a few years, being analyzed and debated by sources such as Forbes in the article Diamonds Disrupted: How Man-Made Diamonds will Disrupt the Mined Diamond Industry by Pamela Danziger. In this article, our industry experts here at My Trio Rings weighed in on the future of lab grown diamonds stating, “Lab-made diamonds are the result of a technological process which means their prices will drop like any other technological innovation, an effect described by Moore’s Law. Our team predicts that as the prevalence of lab-created options increases in the market, their wholesale rates could drop 20-40% – due primarily to the prospect of unlimited supply and increasingly lower production costs.”

As jewelers start to offer alternatives to diamonds, it will be imperative that consumers remain well-informed on the fading fads, timeless styles, and the differences between the stones they can choose to set within their engagement ring and wedding bands. With this knowledge, you will be pleased with your final decision.

 

 

 

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