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A SIMPLE GUIDE TO CHOOSING A LAB GROWN ENGAGEMENT RING

*This is a guest post*

If you’re stumbling upon this article, chances are you’re considering or have decided to opt for a lab grown engagement ring. We understand that choosing an engagement ring can be a very tough decision and it’s difficult to establish where to start, especially if you’re considering an ethical alternative such as a lab diamond ring or moissanite.

For many the question may be “which ring will my partner say yes to?” and for many others it will be “what ring do I want on my finger for the rest of my life?”. Either way that decision is a very important one and that’s why I have Lily Arkwright here today, to help guide you through the process of choosing the perfect lab grown engagement ring.

Naturally mined diamonds have almost always been synonymous with engagement rings but this should not always be the case. Lab grown engagement rings have been increasing in popularity since people are becoming more aware of the sourcing of the products they are buying and are looking to make sensible purchase decisions. Buying a lab grown engagement ring is a great way to support sustainability and act upon an environmentally friendly action. Not just this though, you’ll also be buying a beautiful and same standard quality ring as a conventional diamond at an affordable price point.

Read on to find out how to choose the perfect ethical ring!

What are lab grown engagement rings?

Naturally mined diamonds develop over billions of years and the process occurs under the Earth’s crust when carbon dioxide is exposed to tremendous heat and then subjected to extreme pressure. Lab grown diamonds replicate this process through two different types of procedures called High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapour
Deposition (CVD). It is a scientific lab method that uses cutting-edge technology to quite literally ‘grow’ diamonds. As a result, lab grown diamonds are chemically, physically, and visually identical to those found beneath the Earth’s surface.

Another popular stone choice for lab grown engagement rings is the beautiful white gemstone called moissanite. If you’re still set on choosing a white stone but do not wish to break the bank, moissanite is a fantastic option for ethical engagement rings. Moissanite is not a diamond but should be considered a gemstone in itself with its own unique properties and makes for a great diamond alternative due to its familiar appearance. Moissanite is made up of the chemical silicon carbide and almost always grown in controlled laboratory conditions. This unique and sparkly gemstone has been super popular and loved by many in recent years and all for the right reasons!

Deciding between moissanite and lab diamonds is entirely a personal choice.

Choosing the perfect precious metal

With many different karat golds available, and beautiful platinum bands, it’s hard to know which is best for your engagement ring. However, when it comes to metal choice we don’t have a universal answer other than it’s entirely a personal choice and is usually best to opt for the jewellery metal choice your partner usually wears.

18k gold comes in a variety of different finishes which includes the timeless white gold that resembles a silver colour, classic yellow gold and a flirty rose gold. Gold karats refer to the amount of gold in a precious metal. With 24k gold being 100% pure gold, you very rarely see 24k gold jewellery simply because it’s so malleable and often doesn’t stand everyday use.

There is also, platinum 950 which is a light silver coloured metal, similar to the finish of 18k white gold. Platinum rings have a slightly different feel to gold rings, which tend to be more traditional. The silver colour can almost be described as white, as it’s amazingly light in colour due to the platinum being a pure metal.

Choosing the perfect ring setting

There is no right or wrong ring setting as this entirely depends on your centre stone, as well as your partner’s personal style. It is common for traditional engagement ring settings to have at least four prongs holding the stone in place in a single stone solitaire setting. However, you might consider opting 6 or 8 claws if the diamond is larger or has an intricate shape. There are also various alternative settings like a hidden halo, trilogy rings, multi-stone or a glamorous diamond halo.

Final Thoughts

There is only so much we can discuss in a simple guide so if you have more questions feel free to get in contact with the Lily Arkwright jewellery experts via hello@lilyarkwright.com to find out more about lab grown engagement rings.

Thank you for reading.


 

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