We’re going to go out on a limb and tell you something. There’s no reason to buy a diamond (or any stone) that was mined from the earth. Really. Advances in technology mean that jewelry-grade stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, can be grown in a lab. As artisans, it’s important to us that our work is ethical as well as beautiful, and that’s why we use only manmade stones in our custom designs. And because completely custom, exactly-what-you-want jewelry is what we create, we want you to choose the stone that’s right for you.
Diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings, and if you have your heart set on a diamond, we think you should get one! Lab grown diamonds are exactly that: Diamonds. They are created in a lab under immense heat and pressure, resulting in a rough diamond that is cut, polished and graded exactly the same as mined diamonds. You can select your diamond based on color, clarity, cut and carat weight (yes, the same 4C’s as mined diamonds). Man made diamonds cost slightly less than mined diamonds, but not much. We get all of our lab grown diamonds from our sister company, 12FIFTEEN Diamonds.
Our patented Nexus Diamond alternative is our most popular choice. It is a simulated stone that looks, acts and wears as a diamond does, but is chemically different. It is nearly as hard as a diamond (a 9.2 on the Mohs hardness scale, whereas diamonds are a 10). Nexus Diamonds are graded on the 4C’s as well, but with one difference—they’re all internally flawless clarity, completely colorless, and Ideal Cut. So, they’re perfect, every time. Many couples choose the Nexus Diamond for it’s beauty, quality and value, as they cost up to 80% less than mined diamonds. Loose Nexus Diamonds and hundreds of ring styles come from our sister company, Diamond Nexus.
Colored stones are becoming more and more popular in engagement ring designs. Our rubies, emeralds and sapphires are all lab made stones that are exactly the same as their mined equivalents. Because they’re created in controlled laboratory conditions, they all have the rich, deep color that is so sought after. We can also create custom designs using Nexus Color Stones, which are versions of our Nexus Diamond in hues such as canary, rose and champagne.
There is one instance when we will work with mined diamonds, and that is if you already have one. Perhaps you want to use an heirloom piece to create something new, or to recreate a treasured family piece.
When it comes to stone choice, there’s no wrong answer. All of the stones we use are high quality, ethical and environmentally friendly. And we think that purity makes them even more romantic.