Top 4 Places to Buy a Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

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Lab Grown Diamonds are all the rage. This article from 1215 Engagement takes an unbiased look at the 4 best places to purchase a ring with a grown diamond.

Engagement Rings with Lab Grown Diamonds

Engagement Rings with Lab Grown Diamonds

A Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring is an excellent choice for modern couples, but where does one start? Since the technology needed to create gem quality grown diamonds is relatively new, these questions are fairly common. Factors like pricing, stone quality, customer service, diamond certification and warranties are on the mind of every shopper. So here’s a handy guide to the best places to buy a lab grown diamond engagement ring.

1. 1215 Engagement – 1215 is a newly established subsidiary of the long-standing Diamond Nexus. They focus on only engagement rings with grown diamonds.

  • Warranties: Their rings are covered against any factory defect, which guarantees customers get the exact ring they ordered. If there are any problems, 1215 will fix it free of charge.
  • Customer Service: 1215 offers a 30-day return period so customers can see the ring without having to commit. Other customer service benefits include free shipping and free resizing.
  • Stone Quality: All of their diamonds are type 2a meaning they are in the top 2% of all diamonds (mined and lab grown) in terms of hardness.
  • Diamond Certification: Their diamonds are certified by IGI (the International Gemological Institute). The IGI certificate also includes their grading of the diamonds using the 4 C’s. 1215 Engagement has all of their certifications available online on their Loose Diamonds page.
  • Pricing: For the purpose of comparison, a 1 carat round cut diamond with VS1 clarity, H color, and Ideal cut was priced at $4,614. 1215 Engagement also offers a price match guarantee where they'll beat the price of any competitor's stone by 10%.

2. Pure Grown Diamonds – Pure Grown Diamonds is a newer company that was formerly known as Gemesis. Established in 1996, Gemesis has just recently rebranded themselves as Pure Grown Diamonds.

  • Warranties: Like 1215 their rings are covered against any factory defects giving their customers free repairs on any issues that may arise.
  • Customer Service: Pure Grown Diamonds offers a 60-day return period. They do not however accept any returns on rings that have had any modifications (resizing or engraving). They also will not accept returns on items that have been previously exchanged. Other customer service benefits include free shipping.
  • Stone Quality: As of 2014, it is unclear whether they have type 1a, 1b, 2a or 2b diamonds.
  • Diamond Certification: Their diamonds also are certified by IGI, which includes IGI handling the grading of the diamonds using the 4 C’s.
  • Pricing: At the time this article was compiled, a 1 carat round cut diamond with VS1 clarity, H color, and Ideal cut on Pure Grown Diamonds’ website was priced at $5,518. Unlike 1215 Engagement, Pure Grown Diamonds does not offer a price match guarantee on their website.

3. Brilliant Earth – Brilliant Earth offers both lab grown diamonds and “ethically” mined diamonds. Below is information about their lab grown diamond engagement rings.

  • Warranties: Their rings are also covered against any factory defects offering free repairs on any issues that may arise.
  • Customer Service: Brilliant Earth also offers a 30-day return period. In order to return a ring however it must be in unworn condition and must not have been resized or engraved. Like Pure Grown Diamonds they will not accept returns on items that have been previously exchanged. They also offer free shipping.
  • Stone Quality: Like Pure Grown Diamonds, as of 2014, it is unclear whether they sell type 1a, 1b, 2a or 2b diamonds.
  • Diamond Certification: Their diamonds are also certified by IGI, who handles the grading of the diamonds using the 4 C’s as well.
  • Pricing: At the time this article was compiled a 1 carat round cut diamond with VS1 clarity, H color, and Ideal cut cut on Brilliant Earth’s website was priced at $4,570. Like Pure Grown Diamonds, Brilliant Earth does not advertise a price match guarantee.

4. MiaDonna – MiaDonna offers a range of lab grown diamonds, diamond hybrids and diamond simulants.

  • Warranties: Like all companies above, their rings are covered against any factory defects.
  • Customer Service: MiaDonna offers a 15-day return period. In order to return a ring however it must be in unworn condition and must not have been resized or engraved. They also offer free shipping.
  • Stone Quality: Currently, MiaDonna’s website it is unclear whether they use type 1a, 1b, 2a or 2b.
  • Diamond Certification: Their diamonds are certified and graded by either IGI, GIA or EGL.
  • Pricing: As of late 2014, a 1 carat round cut diamond with VS1 clarity, H color, and Ideal cut on MiaDonna’s website was priced at $5,090. They do not offer a price match guarantee.

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