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Modern Science Makes Rings More Affordable

Feb. 17 2014
Modern Science has created an option for a more Affordable Engagement Ring that might not break the bank the way a traditional diamond could.

I am a firm believer in ‘you pay for what you get’ and so I don’t mind paying a higher price for something I believe to be of better quality. However, after our top-of-the-line, extremely expensive coffee maker stopped working after the second brewing, I began to see L’s point of view that perhaps labels and high prices don’t necessarily predict quality.

This is also why I let her do the shopping, although I really resent that ‘value brand’ toilet paper she insists on buying because it is ‘better value for money’!

However, when it comes to choosing a ring my wish to go all out on it financially comes from the heart. I want to give her the best and whatever her heart desires, but I am quickly discovering that I might be misguided in believing that my only option is a premium diamond that will make my check book weep. So I decided to take a more scientific approach and investigate how science might literally aid me in the pursuit of an affordable engagement ring.

A Costly Affair

It is common knowledge that the engagement, wedding and marriage industry is booming and consequently the costs are rising. The ring could just be the tip of the iceberg. In 2011, 12% of couples spent over £5000 on their engagement ring. That’s a hefty chunk of pocket change! It would certainly be wise to research affordable engagement rings before going into debt right before you walk down the aisle.

Bank of England / Threadneedle St. by georgerexta [at] gmail [dot] com, used under a Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Going into debt even before your wedding might not be a good start of your marriage.

Fortunately I have discovered that bespoke engagement rings are actually one of the most efficient ways of obtaining an affordable engagement ring and our designers told me that, as I suspected, modern science can come to the rescue.

Initially their suggestion of using a synthetic ruby or a diamond look-a-like did not sit well with me and I was a little disappointed. However, modern science has come a long way from the days of Rhinestones and poor quality Cubic Zirconia. That classic diamond look is now created with dazzling and sparkling Diamond Simulants. This is not your average faux-diamond by any means. Affordable engagement rings, featuring a simulant, look just as amazing as any diamond that you might find on a celebrity’s finger.

A simulant is a coated crystal that almost perfectly recreates the optical and physical attributes of a natural diamond.

Diamonds out of the Lab

The process of creating a Diamond Simulant sounds like an epic chemistry adventure with a splash of fairy-dust thrown in for good measure. Only scientific testing can prove the difference between a simulant and an earth-mined diamond. The miracle begins with heat of nearly 4000 degrees bringing a proprietary cocktail of elements to a molten state called a ‘matrix’.

CRISTAL by Theaphotos, used under a Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Diamond simulants can give your engagement ring an equal sparkle as diamonds.

Crystals are encouraged to form as the ‘matrix’ is carefully cooled. The cooled concoction becomes known as a ‘Boule’ and at this point the extraction process gets really technical. The ‘Boule’ is literally whacked with a huge hammer to break it into pieces and reveals the treasures inside.

After being cut and graded, in the same process used on natural diamonds, the simulant then has a special coating applied. This is where a Diamond Simulant gains it’s superiority over other elements such as Moissanite or CZ.

The coating seals the surface and reduces the stone’s porosity. It increases its hardness and makes it more scratch resistant. The ring will be more durable and will literally last forever. Most importantly, the coating adds the prized and distinctive diamond characteristics of brilliance and dispersion to the simulant for spectacular sparkle and shine.

There are also many other benefits of choosing a man-made decoration for your loved one’s hand: surely a lab-created gem is preferable to one that may have mined and created under extremely questionable and ethically deplorable conditions. It is also heartening to know that ring that represents your love and future union is 100% environmentally clean.

These scientifically magnificent rings are out there and our Favourite Designers can work their magic to create an affordable engagement ring that has just as much stunning elegance as any natural diamond. It seems to be the perfect situation of being able to ‘have your cake and eat it too’!


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