Once you know the type of stone that’s perfect for your ring, there’s one last decision you need to make: should you choose a natural stone or one created in a lab? Because of the scarcity of natural gemstones and the rising cost of mining them, people have started to create their own stones in labs. And although they have the same chemical composition, there are a few important differences between the two.
In general, lab created stones have a higher quality than natural stones. Stones that are created in the lab are grown in sterile environments, so they have no flaws or impurities. You can easily identify a lab created stone as it looks almost perfect and has a uniform color.
Lab created stones are cheaper than natural ones, since they are created rather than found. While this is usually true, there are other things to take into consideration like the size of the stone. A big stone is going to be significantly more expensive, even if it’s a lab created one. So, if you’re looking for a more affordable option, choose a lab created stone. If the budget is not an issue, pick a natural stone.
Labs use a fraction of the resources it takes to mine and process natural gemstones. They also leave behind less pollutants. Here at Segal Jewelry we believe it’s important to create beautiful jewelry without leaving a harmful imprint on the planet. That’s why we only use fair trade recycled gold and conflict-free gemstones for all our jewelry. If taking care of the environment is one of your concerns too, then you’re better off choosing a lab created stone.
There are some people who prefer natural materials over lab created ones for personal reasons. If you know your significant other prefers such materials, it may be worth investing in a natural stone. No matter which type of stone you choose, you can be sure you’ll have a beautifully crafted ring that will make your future fiancée happy.