If you’re a young person of a certain age, then you’ve definitely had the experience of scrolling through social media, only to see one engagement ring photo after another. A manicured hand shows off a piece of bling, accompanied by the exuberant caption “I said yes!” The big, shiny rock is always front and center.

When you look at that photo, do you know if you’re looking at a natural or lab grown diamond? I’m willing to bet that you don’t!

It’s not wrong to dream about posting a photo like that one day. You can live in a world where you’re both cognizant of inequity and want nice things. The problem with the woke generation is that we understand that mining diamonds is not only expensive, but it’s also harmful. 

If you’re about to pop the question, it’s best to understand the different types of diamonds. Read on to learn about why a diamond from a lab is an excellent alternative for any couple-to-be!

Why Diamonds?

Whose idea was it that every engagement should start with an expensive rock, anyway? The jewelry industry, of course. This practice only began after a 1947 advertising campaign from DeBeers convinced the world that “a diamond is forever.” 

These days, the wedding industry makes us believe that we have to spend an incredible amount of money on every aspect of a marriage. It starts with the ring and extends to the sustainably fished ahi tuna sushi on the passed-apps tray. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Quality Diamonds…from a Lab?

Did you know that even the best lab diamonds are 40 to 50 percent less expensive than their naturally mined counterparts? They also do significantly less harm!

You will always know where your lab grown diamond has come from. In contrast, most naturally mined diamonds come from conflict regions and contribute to funding violence. 

Lab grown diamond rings are also significantly more sustainable than their naturally-formed counterparts. Mining diamonds from the earth requires the use of a lot of fossil fuels. The mining process damages the physical environment in the region where they grow. 

When we create diamonds in a lab, there is no threat of a dwindling supply. In nature, colored diamonds are rare and expensive. Scientists can make a purer version of a colored diamond in a lab without the higher price tag. 

Can Anybody Tell?

Lab grown diamonds do not have any dirt or minerals ingrained or embedded during formation. This makes them purer, clearer, and more beautiful. They are less likely to have any imperfections, and tend to receive higher purity ratings than diamonds from mines! 

Other than a jeweler, it is unlikely that anyone would be able to tell that your diamond started life in a lab. You will likely get compliments on the look of your gorgeous ring!

A Lab Grown Diamond Is Everyone’s Best Friend

If you could prevent conflict, help the earth, and still receive a flawless ring, why wouldn’t you? Lab grown diamonds are a beautiful and affordable alternative to expensive blood diamonds from conflicted regions. They also look great in social media photos, so you don’t have to miss out on anything!

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