A recent engagement fiasco, which took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto during a Blue Jays game, proved once more that bachelors should be really careful when picking the engagement ring they want to propose with. A man thought it would be a nice idea to propose to his girlfriend with… a ring pop. Obviously, she was not thrilled with the idea, and even left a red imprint of her hand on his cheek (ouch). If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it is that an engagement ring is not a joke. Oh, and that you should think twice before proposing in front of tens of thousands of people…
Jokes aside, choosing an engagement ring for your chosen one is indeed not an easy task, nor is it a cheap one. After all, the widely-accepted standard for engagement rings is a diamond-ornamented jewel, and it’s no secret that these are alarmingly expensive. Should people who don’t have the money needed to purchase a diamond ring give up on it entirely? Well, not necessarily.
As it turns out, in recent years more and more bachelors are opting for a relatively new subcategory of engagement rings – the cultured diamond ring. In case you haven’t heard of it (which we doubt that is even possible), a cultured diamond is the mined diamond’s ‘twin brother’, created in a lab rather than mined from the ground. Mostly, when people hear this, they immediately shake their head and refuse to even think of purchasing a ‘fake’ diamond for their loved one.
But that description could not be further than the truth. Best Brilliance, a reputed American online jewelry retailer, is determined to prove that cultured diamonds are the future of jewelry – and it seems they may have a real important point here.
A woman wearing a cultured diamond ornamented engagement ring (Photo by Shutterstock)
If it walks like a duck…
Many in the fashion industry are treating the cultured, aka lab-grown, diamond industry as the next big trend in the industry. However, you may be surprised to hear that the technology to create diamonds artificially has been around since the ‘40s. With that said, only in recent years this technology became affordable enough to justify using it regularly. Lab-grown diamonds, just like natural ones, are composed of 100% carbon atoms.
The labs in which these are created have the technology to imitate the conditions in which diamonds are formed in nature to the fullest extent. That’s right, if you want to stun her with a lab-grown diamond, you can be sure that nobody will be able to tell the difference. These diamonds look and feel exactly the same as mined ones, as you can witness for yourself on Best Brilliance’s online store.
Amazing engagement rings for her
Engagement diamond rings are not likely to be left behind by social norms anytime soon – they are here to stay. Nevertheless, now that cultured diamonds are affordable and not that rare, that may not be such a big issue, since so many more people are able to afford fine-looking and quality engagement rings.
As cultured diamond ornamented rings get increasingly desired by those who seek affordable and high-standard jewelry, the variety becomes wider and wider – and more eye-popping. Best Brilliance, for example, offers some splendid pieces of art on their online store.
Take, for example, the ring named ‘Diana’, designed especially to flatter a gentle woman’s hand, making it look even more delicate: 0.75-carat round solitaire with 14K of white gold. It’s made with six crown prongs, giving the diamond ornamented on it the shape of a star. And the prices? Let’s just say that you can now buy her a Diana ring, even if you’re not planning to pop the question.
Alt text: Diana lab grown diamond ring from Best Brilliance
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Another impressive example is ‘Blair’: The cultured diamond on it is slightly bigger, at 2-carat. Its stunning square-shape, framed by four prongs, is surrounded by a pave of a 0.5-carat diamond shank, giving it a prestigious look that you cannot take your eyes off. When you buy her this ring, you can be sure that it will be the talk of the office for quite a while.
Alt text: Blair lab grown diamond ring from Best Brilliance
Source: Best Brilliance
Want to take it up a notch? ‘La Fleur’ somehow manages to be showy yet delicate. This white gold ring’s ‘icing on the cake’ is a 1-carat sparkling oval diamond, surrounded with additional tiny diamonds that sum up to 0.5-carat, decorating the oval diamond with beautiful and gentle petals.
Alt text: La Fleur lab grown diamond ring from Best Brilliance
Source: Best Brilliance
Your special person deserves a special ring! For many, it just doesn’t feel right that someone else in the world has the exact same ring as your chosen one. Thankfully, Best Brilliance also offers a wide set of customization options: On their site, you can mold the shape of the cultured diamond on the ring, pick the ring’s style (like side stones, halo, double halo, and more), and the type of metal holding the finger itself. All these parameters allow you to specify your loved one’s ring to the smallest of resolutions.
Lab grown diamonds – tomorrow’s jewelry
The jewelry market has entered a new era, there’s no doubt about that. It’s not out of the question that the massive shift toward cultured diamonds will deeply affect the prices of all types of jewelry, especially those ornamented with mined diamonds. With that said, there’s one certain thing: With cultured diamond rings becoming so well-accepted and popular, fewer people are likely to empty their savings or take loans to fund the engagement rings they wish to give their lovely lady. Wouldn’t it be romantic to start your married life without debts?