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Has anyone bought lab grown emeralds from Chatham?

jorgeuc

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My girlfriend loves the idea of an emerald engagement ring. We know that emeralds are usually too soft and brittle for engagement rings. As a possible solution, we've considered getting a lab grown emerald from Chatham. Chatham lab-grown emeralds have a lifetime warranty against a "chip or break under ordinary circumstances." I was wondering if anyone can attest to how nice Chatham emeralds look in person, and how they stand up over time.

 

seaurchin

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I haven't bought any lab emeralds but my understanding is they are the same makeup as mined emeralds. Therefore, I don't think they'd be any more durable, except perhaps that with less inclusions, they'd have less stress points for easiest breakage.

Also, just my opinion but I wouldn't expect all that much from their guarantee without verifying it through reviews or etc. because what constitutes "ordinary circumstances" is subjective. Maybe someone who knows more will come along.

Another idea is, for less worry, to just pick a mined or lab sapphire for the e-ring, whether in blue, pink, yellow or etc. and save the emerald for another time. There are so many gorgeous gems out there. Good luck!

 
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jorgeuc

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Thanks for responding so quickly. Yes, the part about "ordinary circumstances" definitely raises red flags. I started this thread in the hopes that someone will come along and write about how great Chatham customer service is to deal with. Also, even if the warranty covers breakage, it would still be a bummer for the gem to quickly get scratched up and hazy.

Green is her color. We both love the idea of a green stone, but we aren't fully committed.

Green sapphire and YAG are also on our radar. I've looked at many Australian green sapphires and Montana sapphires, and they don't that quite reproduce that vibrant saturated green of an emerald. They are still beautiful however.

 

seaurchin

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Yeah, I don't think sapphires get to quite that level of green like emeralds do. Maybe a green tourmaline would, not sure.

I've heard Chatham is expensive. I've had lab stones cut by Finewater Gems before and have been really pleased (a light and a dark pink lab sapphire). He does precision cut, not sure if Chatham is. There are a couple of other names heard quite a bit around here for that, for ex. Jeff White Gems, and Stag and Finch. You might want to check them out, too.

There are also some lab emeralds for sale secondhand right now on Loupetroop by businesses or individual sellers:

The last one is by PinkandBlueBling, a member here and I believe she also has a YAG and another lab emerald up for sale second hand. If you go to Loupetroop and click on her user name there, you'll see.

BTW, I don't have any affiliation with any of the folks above, just passing along what I know. :)

 

seaurchin

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I'm thinking if you got it for less in the first place, then maybe not such a tragedy if it did eventually need to be replaced. Also, just being careful would probably go a long way too, like remembering to remove the ring before doing any cleaning or gardening or etc.

 

jorgeuc

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I didn't know about loupetroop. It seems like a great resource for gifts. It's also interesting seeing these synthetic gems in more realistic lighting.

Maybe we're ok with the idea of getting a relatively affordable emerald that would have to be replaced at some point, but maybe that's not what I want in an engagement ring. This isn't the only opportunity to get her a nice piece of emerald jewelry.

Oh well. Like you said, there's so much beautiful stuff out there. I'm sure we'll find something great. Once again, thank you for advice.

 

Dandi

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What about a tsavorite or demantoid garnet? They can be tricky to find, but are often quite vibrant green.

 

LilAlex

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Chatham lab-grown emeralds have a lifetime warranty against a "chip or break under ordinary circumstances."

Pretty sure that the definition of extraordinary circumstances will be any that cause a Chatham emerald to break or chip :cool2:.

It's still a fragile stone -- just less so based upon fewer fissures. But even clean aqua is not super-durable.

 
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