Synthetic / Hybrid / Simulants Engagement Rings

by Gideon
(New York, NY)

I'm confused.

Trying to determine what should be a "girl's best friend," I became increasing more enveloped by the choices that were out there.

In fact, after reading some interesting overview articles, I was certain that a synthetic (lab-created) diamond was the way to go. I could get a genuine diamond that was conflict free -- and for an affordable price.

Unfortunately, it seems that these lab-created diamonds aren't very big. (I couldn't find a white round diamond around 1ct, even though companies like Apollo or Genesis claimed to have them.) However, I was committed to the idea.

I then was distracted looking into hybrid diamonds. This was somewhere between the simulants and the synthetics. Companies like MiaDonna have these kind of stones. Unfortunately, I read some vehement criticism stating MiaDonna was a sham, because they were really selling an asha simulant infused with a synthetic diamond -- and charging a lot more.

Deep down, I don't want to settle for a simulant (e.g. CZ, Asha, moissanite), because I think that there is a real stigma associated with this kind of stone. My fiancee feels that this cheapens the symbolism (not that she is too materialistic) but I understand from where she is coming.

The problem is that I don't have an effective way to grasp the big picture. If a mined diamond in the truest sense is the touchstone that everything is to be compared, then, logically, the synthetic diamond and the hybrid would meet this standard -- simulants would not. Do you agree with this statement?

In particular, I feel that the synthetic stone definitely meets this quality criterion, but what do you think about the hybrid stone? Sham or not? If not, what is a fair price? They claim that the hybrid stones have all the properties of a real diamond. I just don't want to shell out the monies to find that I am buying a glorified simulant -- and not worth the price. They claim that they can provide a certificate of genuineness based on the 4 C's. I would like the assurance that I am buying a diamond-like stone that will have the longevity of a mined diamond. Am I crazy?

What are your thoughts?

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Nov 13, 2010
synthetic/hybrid/simulant engagement rings
by: Anonymous

Hello, have certainly put a lot of thought and research into sound like a diamond philosopher :)

The first thing to consider is your price this why you have ruled out real mined diamonds or have you ruled them out due to feelings regarding conflict diamonds? Canada is a great source for conflict-free diamonds.

It sounds like lab-created diamonds need to be ruled out because the stone size will not be large enough to meet your needs

This leaves synthetic or hybrid diamonds..... It sounds like you have ruled out synthetic diamonds because you feel like there is too much of a stigma in regards to wearing a CZ. Although I have a mined diamond, if mine were to ever fall off or get stolen, I would probably replace it with a moissanite ring......nobody will ever know the difference unless YOU tell them.....A good fake is a good fake and is nothing to be ashamed of..... you can use all the extra money you are saving towards a down-payment on a house or for your future.....but you have to be comfortable with this

Honesty, I don't feel like hybrid diamonds will retain much of their value (much like mined diamonds) once you purchase them....and in the jewelry world, they are probably only slightly more valuable than a synthetic diamond......they are still not real diamonds......they are a combination of a fake diamond and a lab-created diamond......but not a mined diamond....and so to pay significantly more for them, over a good synthetic, is really only for your peace of mind.

Hope this helps with your thought process and let me know if you have any more questions or if I can help in any other way :)

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