Lab Created Diamonds

I am excited to offer eco-friendly, conflict-free, lab-created diamonds to my engagement ring and wedding ring customers. Cultured diamonds are available in white, blue, and yellow. Lab diamonds are real diamonds, hence look and sparkle like natural diamonds without fueling conflict overseas.
1.04ct blue cultured diamond
1.04ct round blue lab made diamond
Please Note: Do not confuse cultured diamonds with diamond simulants, which are often advertised as lab-created diamonds. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. I pay similar per-carat prices for natural and cultured diamonds.
While a vast majority of natural diamonds are white, scientists were first able to create gemstone quality yellow, then blue and pink diamonds in a lab. It just over a decade that these man-made diamonds have been available to the general public.
White Man-Made Diamond
.79ct round white lab-created diamond

Blue cultured diamonds are my favorite stone to mount in an engagement ring. Here are some reasons why:

Beautiful. Unique. Most people have never seen a blue diamond. They are enchanting - and far less common than white diamonds. If you are looking for something different, but not too different, blue lab-created diamonds are a great choice. The blue hue of a cultured diamond is much lighter than traditional sapphires, and stand out less. The blue sparkle is something few people have ever seen.

Conflict Free. Armed conflict in several African countries in the past few decades has been fueled in part by diamond sales. The industry made an attempt to reverse this through the Kimberly Process which lost its remaining credibility after the Zimbabwe massacres in 2008. Cultured diamonds are truly conflict-free.

Eco Friendly. Cultured diamonds require no mining and little energy to produce. That means no drained lakes, no explosives, no damage to the fragile ecosystems in Canada and Russia. (And no damage to the heartier ecosystems in Africa.)

New. This is brand-new technology. Human intelligence, effort, and collaboration have created one of the beauties of nature that we have been dreaming of for generations.

Two major disadvantages of cultured diamonds:

Expensive. Cultured diamonds, like natural diamonds, are extremely expensive. Lab created diamonds have only a small cost advantage over natural white diamonds, and are significantly more expensive than even high quality natural sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Other lab-created diamond alternatives are much more cost effective.

Reputation. Many people have a knee-jerk reaction against synthetic gemstones. People often associate lab-created with "cheap" or "fake." If you are searching for lab diamonds because you are trying to save a lot of money, this association is probably correct. You do not want to convince your girlfriend that a lab-grown diamond is better than the natural diamond that she has always dreamed of.

Please Note** There is a big difference between cheap and inexpensive. If you are looking for an inexpensive diamond alternative, please click here.

That was long. Here's a (slightly dirty) yellow before I explain your options:

White Lab-Created Diamond
2ct emerald cut orangey yellow cultured diamond
I offer two options for engagement rings:

1) I can make an engagement ring for you. All engagement rings I fabricate are hand made to order, from 100% recycled precious metals. If you are on a budget, I can also buy a pre-fabricated ring mounting and set a cultured diamond for you.
White Lab-Created Diamond
.36ct round VS blue cultured diamond engagement ring
White Lab-Created Diamond
.43ct round H VS1 white cultured diamond basic solitaire
2) I can teach you how to make the engagement ring with your own hands in my shop in Manhattan. Workshops typically last one day (10 hours) for solitaires and 2 days for custom designed rings. The following photos are of cultured diamond engagement rings created by customers:
White Lab-Created Diamond
.90ct round VS blue cultured platinum diamond engagement ring
(photographed after 1 year of wear, hence the scratches)
White Lab-Created Diamond
platinum engagement ring channel-set with white cultured diamonds
White Lab-Created Diamond
.38ct round SI blue cultured diamond bezel set in platinum
Cultured diamonds are much more difficult to source than natural diamonds. The process is new and many created diamonds are heavily included - meaning that the diamonds are formed with impurities. There is a lot of competition for the best ones, which are resultantly expensive. I have at times waited over a year for the right stone. Of course, this is part of what makes them important.

Blue cultured diamonds are the most popular among my customers and are my personal favorite. I can get blue cultured diamonds up to 1 carat. Please give me plenty of notice if you are not flexible with your quality and size requirements.

White lab-created diamonds are difficult to source. An H-color or better VS stone over 1/2 carat sometimes takes months to a year to source. Please give me adequate notice if possible, or be flexible with your quality and size requirements.

Pink created diamonds are even more difficult to source. I have never seen one over 1/2 carat. These are on very short supply.

Yellow lab diamonds are the most plentiful, although few customers have been interested in yellow diamonds.

One last thing...

Please Note: I am a goldsmith, not a diamond dealer. I take pride in the artistry of the precious metal jewelry I design, and source beautiful gemstones for the joy these pieces bring to my customers and their girlfriends. I create custom pieces and teach jewelry making classes for customers interested in creating more meaningful pieces to gift to their partners. I do not sell loose gemstones.

I get too many calls from people who hope to find a lab-created diamond for far less than what they cost. If you are on a strict budget, I recommend a perfectly beautiful diamond alternative such as moissanite or sapphire. A cultured diamond will not save you money, except if compared to a natural colored diamond. If you have read articles or seen advertisements with prices that are too good to be true, they aren't true.

If you are interested in a piece of jewelry containing a cultured diamond, follow one of the links below and I will be delighted to assist you!

Cheers!