Whether you’re looking to upgrade your engagement ring, adding to a stack or investing in a right hand ring, a piece of diamond jewelry is something you want to be classic enough to last a lifetime, but still feel fresh. We spoke with Brandon Cook — Marketing Director at Clean Origin — about the diamond trends to know about. Plus, more about lab-grown diamonds and what their innovative, industry-leading, company has to offer.
Although the popularity of white gold rings continues, in the past few years, women are looking for ways to make their rings even more unique. A colored band has been a recent, growing trend. “We’ve seen yellow gold come back a bit, but the newest trend is rose gold,” says Cook.
Whether you’re interested in the look of a vintage ring or you’re hoping to update a ring from your past, the look of an heirloom-styled ring is back on-trend. “Many women are opting for new rings that simply replicate the look of a ring from the eighteen or nineteen hundreds. But, others are putting a modern twist on their heirloom rings by adding a lab-grown diamond to a special piece that has been passed down in the family,” says Cook.
There’s three big reasons that women are opting for lab-grown: the environment, their morals and the cost. “Mining for diamonds not only destroys our earth and our oceans but it uses a staggering amount of water and energy, and releases unnecessary amounts of carbon (source). Mining is also an extremely dangerous profession with little regulation or regard for the workers. On top of all that, lab-grown diamonds cut down the supply chain and can be anywhere from 20-30% less expensive,” explains Cook.
These diamonds are also just as stunningly gorgeous as mined diamonds. Chemically, they’re the exact same. Not to mention, the only physical way to tell the difference between the two is a microscopic “lg” inscription on man-made diamonds. The benefits are endless and you’ll feel good about your purchase.
Halos Settings for Engagement Rings
Halo settings are extremely popular because they make a center stone look much larger than it actually is. So, if you don’t quite have the budget for a huge center stone, adding a halo setting can help to increase the appearance of the diamond.
Engagement ring sets are just the beginning. A huge trend in jewelry right now is the ring stack. Whether you’re adding to your ring finger or starting a stack on your right hand, women everywhere are looking for stackable rings. “Since the ring stacking trend has started, more and more women are thinking about how their engagement ring will fit into a stack,” says Cook. “Our bridal sets are the perfect option for a soon-to-be bride that wants to get a jump start on her stack!” Clean Origin also offers many eternity bands that are perfect for a fun and sparkly ring stack. Throw in a fun color like rose or yellow gold to really mix things up!
Thanks for all this interesting trend information! Can you share a bit more about why lab grown diamonds are something people should be considering?
As mentioned above, lab grown diamonds are better for the environment, they’re the only way to have a 100% ethically sourced diamond, and they’re more competitively priced. As the generation hoping to make some big changes, Millennials especially are looking to these diamonds as the future.
Can you tell the difference in how they look? And how much more affordable are they?
Lab-grown diamonds are indistinguishable, even to the most discerning eye. They are chemically, physically and optically the same as mined diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin. Lab-created diamonds still include the same flaws and inclusions that are present in mined diamonds — though a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that lab-grown diamonds are flawless. They are graded in the same labs and with the exact same criteria.
What else can people expect when buying a piece of jewelry from you? What is the process like?
Clean Origin is dedicated to our customers. Our white glove customer service is unmatched. Instead of salespeople, anyone you’ll talk to from our customer service team has at least 5 years experience in the diamond industry. They’re there to educate you and help you find the best choice for you, not for them. This often includes finding a stone of a greater value or more reasonable price for your budget. We also offer a 100-day return policy, free resizing, and a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty so that all of our customers feel secure in their purchase.
Besides engagement rings, what else can shoppers look for at your online store?
Although engagement rings are our bread and butter, we also offer:
- Bridal sets
- Wedding bands
- Stackable rings
- Stud earrings
- Hoop earrings
It’s also important to note that individuals can purchase loose diamonds or just a setting.
Diamond jewelry is an investment in your style, so you’ll want to consider yours carefully—both in terms of design and origin. For more information about Clean Origin and their beautiful pieces featuring high quality lab-grown diamonds, go to CleanOrigin.com.
This post is sponsored by Clean Origin.