For the last 2+ years the majority of our engagement rings sales have been lab grown diamond engagement rings as opposed to natural diamonds. This shift reflects a broader, global change in attitudes towards synthetic diamonds, but it seems particularly pronounced in Houston. In this post, we delve into the reasons behind this trend, exploring what makes lab grown diamonds an increasingly popular choice for couples in Space City.

Here at Diamond Exchange Houston we offer both natural and lab-grown diamonds. When we schedule our customers for engagement ring shopping appointments they typically want to compare both options initially. However, once the see the comparisons and the pricing difference the majority of our customers go with lab. If you are in the market to shop for diamonds and/or engagement rings and would like to visit the best place for engagement rings in Houston simply fill out our contact form or give us a call today to get scheduled for an appointment.
guy proposing with a lab diamond engagement ring in downtown Houston

Understanding Lab Grown Diamonds:

  • Definition and Creation Process:  Lab grown diamonds, also known as synthetic or man-made diamonds, are real diamonds that are actually grown in machines. These diamonds are created using advanced technological processes that mimic the natural diamond formation conditions, resulting in stones that are chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds.
  • Comparison with Natural Diamonds: When it comes to quality and appearance, lab grown diamonds are impossible to tell the difference from their natural counterparts. One red flag with to us is that lab grown diamonds are so nice that it would lead us to further inspection. Here at Diamond Exchange Houston we have state-of-the-art tools that allow us to tell the difference. The diamonds offer the same sparkle, durability, and beauty but come are actually made with a machine versus being formed inside the earth’s surface million of years ago.

The Appeal of Lab Grown Diamonds in Houston:

  • Affordability: One of the most compelling reasons for their popularity in Houston is they are a lot less expensive. Lab grown diamonds typically cost at least 50% less than natural diamonds, allowing couples to either save a lot of money or opt for larger, higher-quality stones within the same budget.  Here at Diamond Exchange Houston we feel that the price is the #1 factor as to why people choose to go the lab grown route.  When we show customers a 3-carat natural and 3-carat lab grown diamond side-by-side and 1 is $3,500 and the other is $30,000 and they look exactly the same then the choice is going to be quite obvious.  The majority of our customers choose lab grown diamonds.
  • Eco-Friendly Choice: The eco-conscious mindset of many Houstonians plays a significant role in this trend. Lab grown diamonds require significantly less land disruption and water usage compared to traditional diamond mining, making them a more sustainable choice.
  • Ethical Considerations: The ethical sourcing of diamonds is a concern for many. Lab grown diamonds offer a conflict-free alternative, assuring buyers of their harmless background, which is increasingly important to socially conscious couples.

lab grown diamond engagement ring styles

Why Houston Couples Prefer Lab Grown Diamonds:

  • Local Trends and Preferences: Houston’s diverse, cosmopolitan population is known for its progressive choices and openness to innovative ideas, which extends to engagement ring selections.  Here at Diamond Exchange we offer all types of options and we often show customers both natural and lab grown diamonds.
  • Personal Stories and Testimonials: “We chose a lab grown diamond because we wanted a big, gorgeous look without breaking the bank as a young couple” shares Sarah, a recent customer at Diamond Exchange Houston. Such testimonies are common among couples who visit our store.  When customers schedule an appointment with our jewelry store they often mention that they want to compare both options.  However, once we show them the different options the majority of our customers are choosing the lab grown diamond engagement ring for pricing reasons.
  • Expert Opinions Local jewelers and industry experts often recommend lab grown diamonds for their exceptional value and positive environmental impact. As one of Houston’s leading jewelers, we at Diamond Exchange Houston have witnessed this growing preference firsthand.  Even as diamond experts we often recommend that lab grown option.

Choosing the Right Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring:

  • Factors to Consider When selecting a lab grown diamond, consider the 4Cs – cut, clarity, color, and carat. Fortunately, due to their affordability, you might find you can select a stone of higher quality and larger carat size and still stay within your budget.
  • Customization Options The versatility of lab grown diamonds opens up a world of customization. Couples can design a unique, personalized ring that tells their individual love story.  Here at Diamond Exchange Houston we have created 100’s of custom engagement rings for our customers using the lab grown option.
  • Where to Find Them in Houston: Diamond Exchange Houston offers an extensive selection of lab grown diamond engagement rings. We have sold 100’s of lab grown diamond rings in the past several years. We enjoy showing our customers different diamonds and making them their dream rings! Our experts will guide you through the selection process, ensuring you find the perfect ring for your special moment. We have stock in-store that is ready to go and we really enjoy creating 100% original and custom jewelry designs.

Explore All Your Options Today:

Lab grown diamonds have been a very fast and emerging option for our customers here at Diamond Exchange Houston.  They have been the most popular choice for our customers who are shopping for engagement rings in Houston.  When customers visit our jewelry store they often want to compare both natural vs. lab grown.  We gladly show them, then when it comes time to look at the prices they will often choose the lab grown option.  On top of our engagement ring selection, Diamond Exchange Houston also offers lab grown diamond earrings, necklaces, and tennis bracelets.  We invite you to contact us today to come and look at all the diamond jewelry that you want.  The easiest way to shop with us is to schedule an appointment and give us a an idea of what you are in the market for.  In turn, we will present you with the best of the best options that we have available.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is more popular- lab grown or natural diamond engagement rings in Houston?

Lab grown diamond engagement rings have been a lot more popular for the last 2 years here at Diamond Exchange Houston. We would estimate that approximately 80% of our sales have been rings where the main diamond was lab grown.

What is the main advantage of using a lab grown diamond in an engagement ring?

There are several advantages of using a lab grown diamond as the main stone in your engagement ring.  In our opinion, the main advantage is that you will be able to get a lot bigger and higher quality diamond for a fraction of the price. For example: a 5-carat high-quality natural diamond might be over $75,000 and if you choose a diamond with similar qualities that is lab-grown you can get the diamond for under $10,000.

What types of lab grown diamond engagement rings are offered at Diamond Exchange Houston?

Diamond Exchange Houston is definitely considered one of the best places in Houston to buy a lab grown diamond engagement ring.  We have helped 100's of customers over the last several years obtain their dream ring that was used in a marriage proposal.  Here are just some of the different lab grown diamond rings that we offer:
  • Halo Engagement Rings
  • GIA Certified Engagement Rings
  • Custom Engagement Rings
  • Affordable Engagement Rings
  • 3 Stone Engagement Rings
  • Every Diamond Shape Solitaire Engagement Rings
  • Wholesale Engagement Rings
  • ...and much, much more

Contact Diamond Exchange Houston Today:

Visit us at Diamond Exchange Houston to experience our collection of lab grown diamond engagement rings. Our team is ready to assist you in finding a ring that aligns with your values, style, and budget. Contact us today for a consultation or to learn more about our offerings. Simply fill out our contact form to get started or call us today at 281-623-1105.

If you are in the market for an engagement ring and would like to compare natural diamonds vs. lab grown diamonds then reach our to Diamond Exchange Houston today. We have a showroom in the Montose area and we would be happy to show you some diamond and engagement ring options.

Diamond Exchange Houston
4306 Yoakum Blvd #305 A
Houston, TX 77006

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