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Posted: January 06, 2021
Lab-created diamonds are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to earth-mined diamonds. Lab diamonds are man-made diamonds that consist of carbon atoms arranged in a diamond crystal structure with the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as natural diamonds. In other words, lab diamond rings appear visually identical to natural diamond rings—even jewelry experts find it difficult to distinguish between lab-created diamonds and natural diamonds with the naked eye.
Lab diamonds are not only sought after for their sparkle and brilliance, but they also make a sustainable choice and do not harm the Earth's surface. Lab-created diamonds are also typically more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable clarity, cut, and carat size.
If you're thinking about tying the knot, here are five of our most popular lab-created diamond engagement rings.
Our timeless three-stone round cut Wedding Set is sure to sweep your fiancé off their feet. With beautiful criss-cross ribbons, stunning open windows that reflect the sparkle of the three center stones, and two brilliant rows of gemstones cascading down the bands, this platinum wedding ring set is the perfect complement to your fiancé's classic and effortless style.
Posted: December 17, 2020
When you're surrounded by sadness and negativity—like that surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak—it can be hard for even the most optimistic to stay strong. It's true that we need to take the virus seriously—it's capable of causing severe illness, death, and significant changes to the way we live and work. It's easy to stay focused on these negative thoughts, especially when they seem to be the center of every local and national news story.
But pessimistic thinking under high pressure can be counterproductive. Obviously, there are things you need to know about the pandemic to keep yourself and those around you safe, but you don't need to drown yourself in negative thoughts and news stories. Instead, here are five good things to think about to help you move forward with determination and hope.
Families are spending quality time together.
With our busy schedules, it can be difficult for families to find time to connect. Before the pandemic, it was normal to eat lunch alone in front of your laptop instead of sitting together to eat as a family, and we turned to technology for social connection. But with school and office closures and throughout the United States, many families are getting the opportunity to spend quality time together.
Deepening our family connections can help us counter social distancing from our school and work communities. Instead of being alone together, we're together together.
Posted: December 09, 2020
Purchasing the perfect engagement ring can be exciting as you try to find the gemstone that best signifies your true love for your significant other. With so many rings and ring sets available, the experience can become overwhelming at times as you explore options such as natural diamonds, cubic zirconia, synthetic diamonds, or other stones entirely.
Are you searching for a beautiful diamond engagement ring but feel dissuaded by the higher price tag of a large carat diamond at a big-box store? Find out some sneaky ways you can make your engagement ring look larger while still showcasing its beauty.
Instead of focusing on carats, look at the cut of the diamond.
Many diamond buyers tend to focus on the carat of diamonds, but there are other ways to give off the illusion that a diamond is bigger. The way a diamond is cut can either create sparkle and flair, or it can be a poorly done cut and the diamond will look duller than it should and be less durable. A well-cut diamond with clarity and a solid crystal structure will look gorgeous and catch the light, giving off an air of a larger-sized diamond to the naked eye.
Choose a less traditionally shaped diamond.
More often than not, you will see round diamonds set into rings. While these are of course beautiful, the diamond prices for round diamonds
Posted: December 03, 2020
Choosing an engagement ring is a huge decision because likely, you will wear that piece for a long time—and you want one that will be timeless and classic so that it always matches the current fashion trends.
Some of those brilliant styles include solitaire diamonds, pavé wedding bands, and others available at Agape Diamonds. With white gold, yellow gold, and platinum band options, you can pick a ring that is worthy of your true love. We use only the best lab-created diamonds so that you will get the beauty of a luxury ring without the high diamond prices associated with mined diamonds. They're durable, shine with brilliance, and look just as crystal-clear as their natural counterparts without impurities. They're created in a special diamond foundry to get that stunning look, just like a natural diamond counterpart. You'll want to add one to your wish list.
Learn more about just some of the simple diamond engagement ring designs that we have available that you will not find at just any jeweler, local store, or retailers.
Asscher Cut Cathedral Ring with Accents
The Asscher Cut Cathedral engagement ring boasts a four-prong setting with a square-cut diamond. Choose a synthetic diamond from 1 to 3 carats in size for the main stone and then watch it sparkle along with the ac
Posted: November 20, 2020
While it’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has derailed plans right and left, being forced to stay at home, has definitely brought out the creativity in some of us, even if it feels like there is not much romance going on while you sit around in your pajamas, binge-watching shows on Netflix.
If you were planning the perfect proposal with the perfect engagement ring before COVID-19 shut down the world, there is good news: you can still create a romantic proposal at home. Check out some ways you can propose during the pandemic with a beautiful diamond engagement ring, whether you choose to use a natural diamond or synthetic diamonds.
The good part is that, in general terms, a lab-grown diamond are pretty much the same as a natural diamond. If you're worried about the ethics of diamond mining or if the phrase "blood diamond" or "conflict diamond" makes you rethink the ethical choice, look at a few jewelry guides to see what lab-created diamonds are all about. In today's diamond market, recent years have shown diamond growth in the lab-created diamonds niche. If you want the perfect ring, you need to find a jeweler with years of experience working with these types of diamonds. It can also help you with future purchases.
Lab diamonds are great because the only difference between those and a mined diamond is the crafting process. It's impossible for the naked eye to tell the difference and every facet of the polish, brilliance, and sparkle are the same. Whether it's a pear or emerald cut, it takes a trained gemologist to distinguish a lab diamond from its counterpart.
If you do choose lab diamonds, retailers such as Agape Diamonds sell their diamond engagement rings and beautiful jewelry o
Posted: November 17, 2020
The Ethical Choice
In today's world and especially in the United States, we strive to be as conscious as possible about the things we buy. From the food we put into our bodies the cars we drive, many of us research and make adjustments depending on the ethical, economic, and environmental impact our choices will have.
It only makes sense that, eventually, this conscious way of making decisions would affect our fashion choices—and eventually how we choose our jewelry.
It's no secret that mined natural diamonds have a huge negative impact, both environmentally and ethically. For every single carat of natural diamond mined, nearly three tons of mineral waste is created. That's a lot of waste for such a small gemstone, and all that damage to the Earth's surface likely isn't worth it. And because children are considered "cheap labor", they are often employed in diamond mines for low wages in dangerous, and sometimes deadly, conditions. This lack of safety measures should make you pause. Most of the world's mined diamonds cannot even be used in the jewelry industry, and are often sold for industrial use in items like drill bits.
Clearly, mining diamonds has a massive negative impact with very little reward. But what can we, as diamond jewelry consumers, do about this?
One alternative to a natural diamond is getting jewelry with cubic zirconia. However, cubic zirconia is easily distinguishable from real diamonds to the naked eye, and is more likely to break, scratch, or lose clarity over time. While this is certainly a cheaper and more ethical alternative, it is not the only option when it comes to diamond alternatives.
Posted: November 10, 2020
As humans, we have been giving each other gifts practically since the beginning of time. Whether you're on the receiving end of a wonderful gift, or you get to see the joy of your loved one opening your gift, gifting is a symbolic way to communicate how you feel for each other.
During the course of your relationship, the types of gifts you might get your girlfriend, fiance, and eventually, your wife will vary depending on their desires and your relationship.
But there is one kind of gift that most women agree on—diamond jewelry.
If you're not quite ready to take the jump and purchase a diamond engagement ring or a wedding ring set, there are so many other choices that will add a little sparkle into her life, and sometimes a simple necklace is just the thing you need to show how much you care.
When you're buying jewelry for your girlfriend, there are many important factors to take into account. We've made a list of tips and tricks to help you pick out the perfect diamond necklace for the special woman in your life.
1. Check her jewelry box.
Posted: November 04, 2020
Every single piece of diamond jewelry made by Agape Diamonds is manufactured with the highest quality materials and finished by artisan jewelers, ensuring that their customers get nothing short of the fine jewelry they deserve. And because Agape sells its jewelry straight to the customer without having to go through a jeweler, customers pay two to three times less than at other jewelry stores.
However, sometimes even a wholesale diamond industry purchase is out of reach for customers, and instead of purchasing a stunning diamond engagement ring, they choose to opt for something more affordable like cubic zirconia, which is significantly different in clarity and quality to the naked eye when compared with a natural diamond or a lab diamond. Needless to say, high-quality items from the jewelry industry don't always make the final wish list.
But choosing a cheaper and less durable gemstone isn't a customer's only option. Sometimes, you can still get the best diamond for your buck. If you want to make a perfect choice as well as the ethical choice, consider some of the natural, synthetic, and lab-created diamond fashion rings created by Agape Diamonds if you're looking for the perfect engagement ring
Posted: October 23, 2020
Do you have a special occasion coming up and want to get the special lady in your life something that sparkles? Maybe you're looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring for when you pop the question, or maybe you want to get her some diamond jewelry just because.
Nothing says "I love you" quite like fine jewelry. However, buying the right piece can make you feel like you're under extreme pressure.
And regardless of the occasion, we've put together the perfect gift guide for all of the ladies in your life in case you don't have access to their wish list.
Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring
Whether you're looking for a classic, natural diamond, lab-created engagement ringsa lab-grown made diamond, or a dazzling synthetic diamond ring, Agape Diamonds is the place to go if you want a quality engagement ring at a price that you can afford. You'll want to pick the right diamond and inclusions so you know you're making the best decision. Once you give us this necessary information, we can help you pick the perfect ring for your needs.
Picking the Right Diamond
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Posted: October 14, 2020
The process of choosing a diamond engagement ring is an exciting time for every couple. But with so many diamond shapes, cuts, and ring settings to choose from, finding the perfect engagement ring can feel daunting. If you're not sure where to start, here's how shopping for a diamond ring based on your personality can help you find your perfect match.
Step 1: Set your budget.
Before you start jewelry shopping, set a price range. If this is your first time shopping for a diamond engagement ring, a diamond ring might seem like a significant investment. Set aside some time to have an honest conversation with your future spouse about your budget to decide how much you're willing to spend.
If you're shopping for an engagement ring on a budget, consider working with a wholesale jeweler. By cutting out the middlemen, wholesale jewelers like Agape Diamonds offer promotional discounts and special offer sales lower than popular fine jewelry designer collections like Ada Diamonds, De Beers, Helzberg Diamonds, Diamond Nexus, and James Allen. To find more about promotions, reach out to a customer service support team member.
Step 2: Research the 4Cs.
Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are the four main factors you'll need to take into account before purchasing your diamond ring. Researching the 4Cs can help you create your wish list diamond engagement ring, so if you haven't done your homework yet, here's a quick review: