Should You Get Lab-Created Gemstones for Custom Engagement Rings
Gemstones in jewellery, especially in custom engagement rings, are colourful, personal and romantic. To the wearer, they symbolise something—badges of success and wealth to some while commitment and romanticism to others.
These gemstones are also considered as meaningful birthstones and are symbolic for their mystical and legendary powers. Others love these stones simply for their colour.
However, even some of the gemstones we know are even harder to get and quite expensive. This led to the birth of lab-created stones, which are perfect alternatives. Blue sapphire, white diamonds, ruby, opal and emeralds are some of the rare gems in jewellery, and they are the top lab-created stones.
But what are lab-created gemstones? Are they real or imitations?
They are the real deal
Yes, you’ve read that right. Lab-created gems are not imitations. They are real gemstones, as real as the morning sun.
Although they’re grown in a laboratory, they are physically, chemically and of course optically natural gemstones.
Imitation gems, although made artificially, do not follow the same recipe as that of natural gemstones. That’s why they are completely different chemically, physically and optically compared to natural gemstones.
How are lab-grown gems made?
Their mineral composition is created through the same process as that of natural gems, beneath the earth millions of years ago, though in a different environment—a lab—for lesser time and for a fraction of the mining cost.
Normally, an average person cannot tell the difference between a lab-created gemstone and natural one. Only trained jewellers can make out their difference coupled with high magnification and other instruments.
One of the clear distinctions between the two is that natural gemstones contain inclusions due to the crystallisation process when other minerals and gasses mix during the stone’s molten stage.
Lab-created gems contain fewer inclusions since the creation process relies on the steady and controlled process of mineral application, pressure and heat.
What does this mean for you?
You get top-of-the-line lab-created gemstones costing significantly lower compared with their natural counterparts. This is especially advantageous if your shopping for custom engagement rings.
Aside from acquiring fine gems for less, a growing number of consumer prefer these lab-produced gems for other reasons.
Environmentally wise, one such reason is that these gems don’t tax natural resources the way natural gemstones do. Why? Simple. There are no mines to be dug, and the laboratory only uses a fraction of the resources and utilities required for mining operations. Plus, they leave behind lesser pollutants.
Lab-created gemstones offer a plethora of choices Mother Nature just doesn’t provide in the same way, with different setting options, from gold to sterling silver in different carats and colours.
Lab-created gems are optically, chemically and physically identical to naturally mined gemstones, except they have a lighter carbon footprint, fewer flaws and of course cost less!
Whether you’re trying to narrow down your options for custom engagement rings or treating yourself to a special gift, only purchase a lab-created gemstone from a trusted jeweller—one who discloses what exactly your stone is and how to take care of it.
Just like there are varying levels of quality among natural gemstones, the same goes for lab-produced ones. Before paying a premium for a high-end piece, make sure you know and understand what you’re actually getting.