perfect engagement ring

Did you know that over 7,000 weddings took place every day during 2022? That’s a lot of wedding invitations, cake-cutting ceremonies, bouquet tosses, and perhaps most importantly of all: ring exchanges.

While wedding rings themselves aren’t traditionally made of diamonds, many engagement rings are. From rings to earrings, pendants, and beyond, diamonds have been cherished since humans first discovered them many centuries ago!

Today, natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds are virtually indistinguishable from each other. What exactly is the difference between the two? In this handy guide, we’ll explore the difference between natural vs. lab-grown diamonds.

What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?

In December of 1954, a well-known electric company called General Electric branched out from its typical research involving electric products to creating synthetic diamonds.

Lab-grown diamonds are exactly as they sound: diamonds carefully grown under the watchful eye of lab scientists. Those first diamonds created in a lab in the mid-’50s were rudimentary compared to what we see today.

These types of diamonds are equally as stunning as natural diamonds. Unless you have the trained eye of an expert to help you, lab grown diamonds look and feel exactly like their natural counterparts. The main difference between the two is how they’re made.

The Making of a Lab Grown Diamond

To make these stunning gems that mimic ones from the earth, experts use two methods: chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and high-pressure high temperature (HPHT).

During the chemical vapor deposition process, a tiny slice of diamond gets placed into a high-temperature chamber among carbon-rich gas. During this process, over an extended period of a few weeks, the carbon gas ionizes and the resulting particles stick to the diamond slice. These particles will eventually crystalize and form a diamond.

High Pressure

Alternately, the high-pressure high temperature method is meant to mimic more closely the earth’s natural process for creating diamonds. During this method, a tiny piece of carbon gets placed inside a capsule within a larger apparatus.

The capsule in which the carbon resides gets exposed to extremely high temperatures and an extreme amount of pressure. This heat and pressure cause the carbon to break down, eventually crystalizing into a diamond.

Depending on the method used, the shape of the diamond crystals will vary due to the growth pattern created during the process.

Lab Grown Diamond Benefits

Apart from the fact that we can create beautiful diamonds by recreating the earth’s natural processes, there are additional benefits to purchasing a lab grown diamond. Lab-grown diamonds are:

  • Top quality
  • Sustainable
  • More affordable
  • Ethically sourced
  • Guaranteed origin to acquisition

Diamonds grown in a lab are equally as dazzling as a natural diamond and cause little harm to the environment. From buyer to supplier, lab grown diamonds are an affordable option for all.

The Making of a Natural Diamond

The journey of a diamond begins deep within the earth’s surface. Much like the processes described above, natural diamonds are a result of carbon deposits subjected to extreme temperature and pressure.

Simply put, natural diamonds are made from bonded carbon atoms. Diamonds can form in four distinct areas:

  • The earth’s mantle
  • Subduction zones
  • Asteroid impact sites
  • Meteorites in space

While the thought of diamonds floating around in space might be a fun one, these particular diamonds, known as nano-diamonds, are too small for use in jewelry making.

Types of Diamonds

The two most commonly known types of diamonds are natural and lab-grown. However, these can be further classified depending on certain elements. Certain stones can be classified under more than one diamond type such as type I and type II.

These types are further broken down as:

  • Type Ia
  • Type IIa
  • Type Ib
  • Type IIb

Diamonds form with certain anomalies that are invisible to the naked eye. These anomalies affect the color and appearance of a diamond. For example, a Ia type diamond typically ranges from no color to having a slightly yellow tint to it. This is because of the large clusters of nitrogen throughout.

Conversely, type IIb diamonds contain no nitrogen but can possess a bluish tint.

The Four Considerations

From natural to man-made, the average shopper tends to assess a diamond not by any technical terms but rather via four different categories: color, clarity, carat, and cut.

From brilliant yellow to blinding white, color is typically the first thing someone notices when looking at a diamond.


While color preference in diamonds is entirely personal, some “fancy colored” diamonds are found to be more rare and more valuable than others. In fact, according to the Gemological Institute of America, only 1 of every 10,000 diamonds is classified to have a fancy color.

Some diamonds do get a color-treated treatment. These type of diamonds are typically less expensive as the color gets added artificially.

There are a few processes or treatment methods used to change the color of a diamond. One of which includes employing a thin film coating of paint. Other techniques include irradiation and heat, high-pressure, high-temperature annealing, and low-pressure, high-temperature annealing.


Diamonds will naturally have certain flaws and imperfections. To that end, there are specific tiers for describing a diamond’s clarity:

  • Flawless
  • Internally flawless
  • Very, very slightly included
  • Very slightly included
  • Slightly included
  • Included

To the average shopper, these distinguishing names sound similar. The only way to truly tell a diamond’s clarity is to have it looked at by a skilled grader.


Even to the untrained shopper, people are generally familiar with the term carat.

While many diamonds are less than one carat, a high-carat diamond can still be valued at less than lower-carat diamonds depending on quality. To that end, carat does not always equal higher value, a carat is simply the weight of a diamond.


The cut of a diamond refers to its visible features such as symmetry and proportions. The process helps a diamond‘s natural features shine.

How a diamond gets cut is subject to a grading system as well.

The grading system looks as follows:

  • Excellent
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

Diamonds that have an excellent cut and a high rating of very good or excellent tend to sell for a higher premium.


An honorable mention in terms of what people shop for when looking at diamonds is the shape of a diamond. A diamond’s overall shape varies drastically from diamond to diamond. It is typically the first thing shoppers look at when looking to purchase a piece of jewelry.

Technically, diamonds can be cut into just about any shape. However, there are a few popular ones such as:

  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Emerald
  • Heart
  • Round

The more unusual shapes might include anything from baguettes to half moons. When shaping a diamond, the person who creates the shape will do so to maximize the diamond‘s carat and overall value.

Types of Stones

When shopping for a special piece, not everyone gravitates toward a natural diamond or a lab-grown one. There are many different types of stones available for crafting the perfect engagement ring or pair of earrings.

From lab-grown diamond hoops to natural emerald stud earrings, here’s a short and sweet list of alternatives to the classic diamond:

  • Citrine
  • Aquamarine
  • Ruby
  • Pearl
  • Opal
  • Emerald
  • Sapphire
  • Topaz

Any of these gemstones get classified similarly to diamonds as natural or lab grown. However, there are considerable differences in the properties of each stone.

The Best Diamonds

A diamond may be the strongest substance yet found on our earth. However, this is not what draws people to these glittering treasures. The value of a diamond, whether lab grown or natural, comes from its weight, purity, and overall clarity.

Some diamonds are found with more nitrogen impurities than others and some take billions of years to be formed beneath the earth.

Whether lab-grown or natural, the best diamonds are the ones that hold meaning for the wearer.

Want to Know More About Lab Grown Diamonds?

Our team at Finer Jewelry is here to help! Our designers have 30 years’ worth of experience sourcing, distributing, and designing custom jewelry with the best diamonds around for all your celebratory needs.

From natural to lab grown diamonds, we offer unique custom jewelry to help enhance all of life’s most treasured moments. Whether you’re ready to pop the question or simply want to gift a stunning piece to your loved one, look no further than Finer Jewelry to help you choose the perfect piece.

For private one-on-one appointments, contact us here today. We look forward to helping you design your dream jewelry piece!


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Harmony GreenHarmony Green
23:13 01 Apr 24
Shimon is absolutely amazing at what he does and such a pleasure to work with. We had a custom wedding band made to complement my center stone and the design is quite unique. My fiancé was very apprehensive and worried about not going with a classic wedding band but we both couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Going to be hard not to wear this for the next few months! 😅
Dylan KuchanDylan Kuchan
21:42 19 Mar 24
Shimon was absolutely amazing. He not only was professional and courteous, but was understanding of my questions and made my visits very easy. Would highly recommend his services at Finer Custom Jewelry.
Alana VAlana V
22:15 18 Mar 24
We had a wonderful experience creating a custom engagment ring with Shimon. Shimon took the time to truly show us our options and helped shape our vision throughout the process.Shimon did a phenomenal job finding the perfect unique stone including similar stone options so we felt confident in our choice. It was such a fun process exploring our options and designing the perfect ring. Shimon is truly a master of his craft!
Ena DuriezEna Duriez
19:48 18 Mar 24
I absolutely love their jewelry, they have beautiful pieces. Highly recommend 👍
Monica J HairMonica J Hair
19:50 15 Mar 24
I had a custom bracelet made by Shimon and his team. From start to finish the process couldn’t have been more seamless. Genuinely a pleasure to work with Finer Custom Jewelry
Steven TocciSteven Tocci
02:32 07 Mar 24
Just got a new watch and needed a link removed. I found this store on Google and decided to stop in and see if they could help. Shimon doesn’t typically do watches, but he didn’t hesitate to stop what he was doing to help me. He took the time out of his day to help me and wouldn’t accept any payment. You can tell he takes extreme pride in his work and he will do whatever it takes to help his customers. I will absolutely be coming back and using him in the future!
Pamela SpearsPamela Spears
21:21 12 Feb 24
Shimon was very helpful, grand place finer jewelry sales. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Will definitely be back to this location
John HuntJohn Hunt
17:59 23 Jan 24
Great experience! Shimon helped me get a salt & pepper engagement ring. He understood exactly what I was looking for and the finished product greatly exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!!
Sara TurnbullSara Turnbull
22:30 22 Jan 24
Shimon cleaned my wedding ring for me and made it look better than new. I couldn’t stop looking at it in the sun! I had forgotten its potential to shine like that. And Monica was a great help as well, they have an amazing and dedicated team 💍
01:24 05 Jan 24
My fiancé and I cannot say enough about Shimon and Finer Custom Jewelry. I had an heirloom ring from my mom, and two bands that I wanted to use to create a very specific ring, the ring of my dreams. After a lot of research, we found Shimon. Throughout the entire process, he was incredible. From our very first meeting where we went over my vision, to the final product. I feel so lucky to have found such a caring and talented jeweler. You can tell he takes such pride in his work, as he should because it is truly flawless. I would recommend Shimon to anyone I know. We are so thankful to have him to make our forever ring so incredibly special. It exceeded all our expectations and then some.
Laura VargasLaura Vargas
20:26 30 Dec 23
My fiance and I had a fantastic experience going through Finer Custom Jewelry for our wedding bands. Shimon and Monica both worked to create our dream rings within our budget. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for affordable, high quality, fast, and wonderful service.
Jacquie LymanJacquie Lyman
04:17 28 Dec 23
10/10 would recommend Finer Jewelery! I needed a repair on my wedding ring, and also wanted my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together. The service was incredible and the communication was as promised. Shimon is so kind and warm and friendly! My ring came back looking brand new!
Paige DimakosPaige Dimakos
23:15 04 Oct 23
Wonderful experience and customer service. Look forward to working with Shimon in the future.
Homa NikoHoma Niko
22:23 26 Sep 23
It was very nice meeting Shimon, he was very helpful on pricing my sister's ring. Very understanding and knowledgeable on jewelry. Thank you so much Shimon.
Kyle RootKyle Root
20:13 21 Sep 23
Shimon is a great guy super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming to him again for my jewelry needs.
Lauren Van GyselLauren Van Gysel
18:18 18 Sep 23
Shimone was SO helpful and accommodating when I was selling jewelry! 10/10 experience and will be back!! :)
Roman MendezRoman Mendez
22:55 06 Sep 23
Great place. Shimon really helped me get a great offer on my diamond bracelet
Matthew RamirezMatthew Ramirez
18:25 01 Sep 23
Shimone was a pleasure to work with. He was both reasonable and fair when it came to selling a ring that I had been sitting on for a while. I would highly recommend Finer Custom Jewelry if you’re looking to sell any pieces. Shimone will treat you well.
denise drakedenise drake
22:23 29 Aug 23
Great experience working with Shimon. He had expert ideas about how to manage some antique jewelry and was super and helping us find the right rings!
Pure Air Service AZPure Air Service AZ
18:36 29 Aug 23
Thank you Shimon for your patience with me.I called finer custom jewelry to find a diamond ring to Propose my girlfriend and Shimon was really helpful and profesional.Really recommend.She said yessssss 😊
17:17 29 Aug 23
This place is absolutely amazing. The Jeweler Shimon did a wonderful job when pricing and inspecting the jewelry I brought in for sale. Extremely knowledgeable and very personable. recommend everyone comes here!!
Shelby KarrelsShelby Karrels
23:14 21 Aug 23
My experience with Finer Curation Jewelry was nothing short of phenomenal. Buying, selling, and creating custom jewelry can be a stressful and pressuring experience. However, from the moment I walked into Finer Custom Jewelry, I felt like a valued client. Shimon was patient, knowledgeable, and made the process so much easier than I had expected. If you are looking for a jeweler you can trust, you will find them here!
Sarah KanitschSarah Kanitsch
18:35 15 Aug 23
Amazing service! Helped immediately with the ring I had. Wonderful guy!!
Shane CsiszarShane Csiszar
23:49 07 Aug 23
Shimon was a pleasure to work with! Made the process very easy and enjoyable. We picked a beautiful emerald diamond, and I could not be happier with the quality of his work! I highly recommend Finer Jewelry!
Lauryn ScusselLauryn Scussel
03:27 20 Jul 23
Thanks to Shimon I was able to give my mom her dream Mother’s ring. It was done quickly and efficiently with great communication and a stunning product. A great company for your custom jewelry needs!!
Ryan BerryRyan Berry
17:19 11 Jul 23
Shimon was great to work with. We made a custom ring exactly how I drew it and my fianceé loved it. Will definitely come back for my ring!
Lisa HilchieLisa Hilchie
20:37 09 Jul 23
Shimon was very kind and professional. He responded quickly to my initial email, worked with my schedule to make an appointment, and took the time to answer any questions I had. I'm very happy with my decision to go to him.
Eli Garcia (ELI)Eli Garcia (ELI)
18:32 26 Jun 23
Ring came out perfect my Fiancé loved it, it fit perfect, I’d highly recommend this jeweler, also Shimon was very communicative and gave updates on the ring every chance he had, couldn’t have had a better experience.
Michael NedlerMichael Nedler
00:17 19 Jun 23
I had a big wedding anniversary coming and wanted to do something special for my wife. A friend suggested Finer so I contacted them. What a wonderful experience...Shimon led me through the process of picking an amazing diamonds as well as the perfect ring. My wife couldn't have been happier and I felt like a hero. I feel like a got an incredible ring for the money and will be back for the next occasion!
Arianna DohertyArianna Doherty
16:51 14 Jun 23
I needed to get two rings appraised and the process was easy and convenient. Shimon was able to meet with me the same week and got me the written appraisals within 3 days. I did not need to leave the items with him as some other jewelers require. I'm very pleased with the ease of working with Shimon.
Kayla ThurberKayla Thurber
02:32 16 Mar 23
I would give Shimon at Finer Custom Jewelry 10 stars if I could! He created an entirely custom ring for my fiancé just based on one Google image photo that she provided me. Before working with Shimon, I assumed I would not be able to afford a custom ring, but I was able to choose everything for the ring and stay perfectly within my budget. It was a very personal experience to create this ring and I felt heard by Shimon the entire time. (He even texted me to congratulate me on my engagement!) And he produced the most wonderful, amazing ring that will last for a lifetime! One final note: as a woman proposing to another woman, I was nervous to be judged when purchasing a non-traditional engagement ring. Shimon made me feel SO comfortable and validated. I could not recommend his services enough.
Daniel GoldbergDaniel Goldberg
00:55 03 Mar 23
My entire experience with Shimon was incredible start to finish. I came in with just an idea of what I wanted for an engagement ring. He took the time to explain the different options, settings and styles that would match my idea. Needless to say, the ring turned out beautifully and she loved it. Most importantly, Shimon was honest and fair. We will definitely be going back for all of our future needs.
Sarah RisiSarah Risi
18:47 14 Feb 23
Shimon helped me elevate my engagement diamond to a beautiful channel set band with my birthstone sapphires. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of his work!
Kyle BelskiKyle Belski
23:50 07 Feb 23
Shimon is the man! He took the time to help us design my fiancé’s ring just the way she wanted it. She now gets compliments on her ring on a daily basis. Shimon also got us a high quality diamond at a more than fair price. I recommend Finer Jewelry for all of your jewelry needs!
Aalia FuellerAalia Fueller
19:49 07 Feb 23
I’ve been working with Shimon for a year. I had all my mother’s diamonds reset. He helped me recreate a ring setting that joined my mom and dads diamonds so I have them with me at all times. He repaired many pieces and restrung my mom’s pearls. He’s a true professional and an amazing person. He and his wife have created an awesome business.If you want to design your own piece or buy one, Finer Jewelry is the place to go!
Lena GonzalezLena Gonzalez
17:10 25 Jun 22
Thank you to Shimon for this amazing diamond ring!! If you’re struggling looking for a jeweler in Arizona, you have to choose Finer Jewelry! He was very attentive to what I wanted and made me feel listened to throughout the entire process. He was truly a pleasure to work with, I could not recommend him enough!
Dania KassabDania Kassab
18:43 09 Jun 22
I’ve been looking for a yellow diamond ring for a while now and I’m so glad I foundation Finer Jewelry!!! Shimon showed me a variety of diamonds and made sure I was in love with the specific stone and shade of the diamond. Shimon made sure to educate me on my purchase which I really appreciated because I honestly didn’t know much about diamonds before meeting with him. I could not be more obsessed with this ring, so thank you so much Shimon for helping me find my dream ring!!!
Ashley BoldAshley Bold
07:24 29 Jan 22
If you are looking for a jeweler in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further. As we began shopping for an engagement ring we went to a number of different jewelers in the area but no one offered the same level of customer service as Shimon at Finer Jewelry! He was so helpful and caring throughout the entire process of designing my dream ring. I get so many compliments on my ring and it’s all thanks to Finer Jewelry!!
22:48 24 Dec 21
I was gifted diamonds from my mother and both grandmother’s wedding rings and I wanted to make my own wedding ring with them. I was able to schedule an appointment the following day and began working on the ring design. They were so thorough in making sure the fit and design was just right by making 3D imaging and wax molds for you to see before the ring is actually made. The whole process took about a month from start to finish and you can’t beat the price! I’m beyond happy with what they made for me. It’s truly something special.
18:36 14 Dec 21
After sharing our diamond CCC wish list with Shimon we sat back and waited. Shimon took us seriously and carefully watched the exchanges for "our stone". He found us a nearly flawless diamond that presented 30% larger than its weight! We then asked Shimon to craft a setting that required specially cut supplemental diamonds. Shimon's relationships with diamond cutters and his goldsmith made it possible for him to deliver our dream setting with our own "hope" diamond! Shimon is personable, very fun to work with and completely transparent. He and his stones are priceless!
Deanna HuntDeanna Hunt
17:35 04 Nov 21
Amazing experience. My favorite diamond jeweler in Scottsdale. A custom experience, fair prices, honest, top quality. What more can I say!
Candace HagermanCandace Hagerman
00:03 08 Sep 21
Shimon did an amazing job understanding what I wanted in my ring. After picking out my main stone he found two that perfectly coordinated. It turned out so much more than I hoped. Will definitely recommend and return.
Robbie BurtonRobbie Burton
23:20 03 Aug 21
I found the staff to be more than happy to assist in the design and creation of a true family heirloom. The process of collaboration with this jeweler was such a joy. Me and my family will treasure this for a lifetime. Thank you so much. A truly happy customer.