Ultimate Lab-Grown Diamonds Guide Plus 13 Stunning Engagement Rings

lab-created diamond engagement rings

It’s shiny. It catches the light. It distracts you at work, the gym, and when you smash a slice of pizza after. There is truly nothing like a diamond. Especially when it’s been offered to you by the one person in the world who you simply cannot live without! (That part is key.) But what makes a perfect diamond…even better? Today we’re filling you in on the latest technology in engagement rings and beyond — the lab-created diamond.

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But what is a lab-grown diamond? Can a man-made diamond truly be a real diamond? We’re answering all your questions to help you make the best decision. And should you eventually decide that lab-grown diamonds are for you, we’ll share where to buy a lab-grown diamond ring alongside a few of our very favorites. Let’s get started!

What are lab-grown diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds that have been produced in a lab rather than mined from the earth. The only difference between a lab-grown diamond and a mined diamond is its origin.

Are lab-created diamonds are real?

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Yes!  A man-made diamond is chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown below the earth’s surface. Only, its birthplace is inside a lab where it is “grown” with cutting-edge technology that replicates the natural process. Lab-grown diamonds are not knock-offs or cubic zirconia. They are exactly identical to those found in the earth!

How much do lab-grown diamonds cost?

Clean Origin Lab-Grown Engagement Rings

Lab-grown diamonds are 20-30% less expensive than mined diamonds. That’s good news for you because you’re either 1) saving on the ring OR 2) you’re getting a bigger diamond. Although the production side requires a bigger upfront investment, the reduction in the supply chain is what will save you some cash! Your diamond touches fewer hands along the way, resulting in a less expensive rock.

Are they ethical + environmentally friendly?

lab-grown engagement ring

So far you’re saving money and you’re getting a real diamond. Here’s where it all starts to sink in that a lab-grown diamond is genuinely a GREAT decision.

While diamond mining companies are taking steps toward more earth-friendly practices, the fact remains that mining any natural resource takes a toll. It takes less energy to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to dig for it in the ground — a significant difference when it comes to building an eco-friendly engagement ring.

In addition, building diamonds in a lab will always be 100% conflict-free. We’re definitely seeing less forced labor on miners and their families, but if you want to be totally sure that your engagement ring is ethically made, lab-grown is the way to go.

What kind of diamond is the best?

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It’s up to you whether lab-grown or mined diamonds are the best way to go. They aren’t in competition with one another and so there isn’t really a “better” choice. What truly matters is the sentiment behind it — your devoted love and affection. In short, everything that diamond represents!

Where to buy lab-grown diamonds?

Now that you know the 101, allow us to share a few of our favorite lab-grown diamond rings!

The Halo by VRAI

vrai halo pear man made diamond ring

Customize the Halo Ring Starting at $1170

The Signature by VRAI

vrai signature lab grown engagement ring

Customize the Signature Ring Starting at $885

The Signature V by VRAI

vrai signature v ring lab grown diamond

Customize the Signature V Ring Starting at $1400

The Three Stone by VRAI

vrai three stone lab grown diamond ring

Customize the Three Stone Ring Starting at $1365

Classic Halo Lab-Created Diamond Engagement Ring by Blue Nile

Classic Halo Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring by Blue Nile

Customize the Classic Halo Ring Starting at $1490

Petite Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring by Blue Nile

Petite Micropavé Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring by Blue Nile

Customize the Petite Micropavé Ring Starting at $850

Three-Stone Petite Pave Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring

Three-Stone Petite Pave Trellis Man-Made Diamond Engagement Ring by Blue Nile

Customize the Petite Pave Trellis Ring Starting at $1390

Endless Days Emerald Cut Engagement Ring by Diamond Nexus

Endless Days Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

Customize the Endless Days Ring Starting at $1190

Palm Springs Cushion Cut Engagement Ring by Diamond Nexus

Palm Springs Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

Customize the Palm Springs Ring Starting at $1930

Princess Diamond Bridge Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Princess Diamond Bridge Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Customize the Princess Diamond Ring Starting at $1990

ZAC Zac Posen Oval Vintage Baguette Ring

ZAC Zac Posen Oval Vintage Baguette Halo Lab-Created Diamond Engagement Ring

Buy at Blue Nile $1990

Crescendo Pear Halo Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

Crescendo Pear Halo Man-Made Diamond Engagement Ring

Customize Pear Halo Ring Starting at $1590

Three-Stone Trapezoid Sidestone Diamond Engagement Ring

Three-Stone Trapezoid Sidestone Lab-Created Diamond Engagement Ring

Customize Three-Stone Ring Starting at $6990

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