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Lab Grown Means More Than Cheap Diamond Rings

by Lucy Coleman
Last updated on August 21, 2023

So you are searching for cheap diamond rings. Let’s discuss.

Exchanging diamond rings with a partner for marriage is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. Nowadays, proposing with a stunning engagement ring is still a symbol of everlasting love and devotion.

It’s understandable why many people are searching for more affordable options for engagement rings and wedding bands.

Don’t settle for a cheap diamond or ring. Instead, shop for lab grown diamonds for beautiful jewelry at reasonable prices. You can be sure to find the perfect ring that is beautiful and long-lasting in Clean Origin’s selection of fine jewelry.

How Much Do Diamond Engagement Rings Cost?

The average price of an engagement ring is about $3,000-$4,000. You pay for the diamond (and the setting) and the ring itself. Rings will be more expensive if they have multiple gems or rare stones like flawless diamonds.

When shopping for engagement rings, you also want to think about the wedding band. Your spouse may wear the engagement ring and wedding band as a set, so ensure it’s a match.

Wedding bands are another cost to factor into the price of wedding rings.

Where to Find the Most Affordable Engagement Rings

One of the best options to find affordable engagement rings that aren’t tacky is lab grown diamonds online. The price of a lab grown diamond is significantly less than a mined diamond.

Here at Clean Origin, we sell lab grown diamonds and also craft fine jewelry so you can purchase engagement rings online or in-store from one place.

Even if you’re on a budget, you don’t have to settle for something that feels “cheap” when shopping for your engagement ring.

Clean Origin has a wide selection of lab grown diamonds and fine jewelry that are high quality and have outstanding value.

What are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab Grown Diamonds

The Gemological Institute of America endorses lab grown diamonds as real diamonds that are physically and chemically identical to mined diamonds.

Modern labs grow real diamonds using high temperature and pressure to make jewelry.

Like a mined diamond, a lab created diamond isn’t always flawless. It is still a real diamond that can develop small imperfections during the formation process.

Jewelry experts and customers judge the quality of lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds in the same way. They both use grading systems made by certified diamond grading laboratories to evaluate the cut, color, and clarity of a diamond.

Choose Lab Grown Diamonds

Shopping for lab created diamonds is the perfect way to find an engagement ring at a great price. A lab grown diamond makes a stunning engagement ring that will last a lifetime.


Round diamonds are the most common shape, but many more are available.

You can purchase lab grown diamonds in an emerald shape, princess cut, pear shape, marquise, cushion cut, and oval shape.


The setting of the diamond in an engagement ring creates the overall personality of the ring. It determines if the ring is contemporary, traditional, vintage, or elegant.

Common metals for engagement rings include white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, sterling silver, and platinum. You can shop for loose diamonds and then put them in a prong or a halo setting.


The most common engagement ring style is the solitaire ring which highlights a single diamond on a simple band.

Other popular styles feature diamonds around the band. Three stone rings, channel set rings, and eternity rings are unique and perfect for your special someone who loves to show off their unique style. The band can also feature elegant details like a modern split shank or twisted band for a vintage style.

Diamond Alternatives

Another way to save money on an engagement ring is to choose diamond alternatives for the ring.

Moissanite, cubic zirconia and white sapphire are gems similar to diamonds but generally less expensive. If you shop right, you can find a gem that looks exactly like a diamond made out of these materials.

Each of these diamond alternatives has its pros and cons, but it is another option to consider to save money on an engagement ring.

Other Lab Created Gemstones

Entwined Sapphire Halo Ring
Entwined Sapphire Halo Ring

Diamond engagement rings aren’t the only option for proposing to your special someone. Many people opt for rings with other gemstones like ruby or sapphire.

Your perfect ring may have a mix of gemstones like Clean Origin’s line of sapphire engagement rings. The Entwined Sapphire Halo Ring features a center stone surrounded by lab created sapphire.

Lab created gemstones of all kinds have more affordable prices and are great for making your wedding rings unique.

How to Find A Quality Diamond Engagement Ring

Shopping for the perfect diamond can be stressful, but if you have all the facts ready, you can feel confident knowing exactly what to look for. There won’t be a need to settle for cheap diamond rings.

Familiarize Yourself With the 4 C’s

The 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) are the basic categories that diamonds are evaluated on. They also determine the prices of diamond jewelry. You don’t have to be a jewelry expert to judge diamond quality, but it helps to understand the basics so you can get the best value for your purchase.

Here are simple introductions to each of these categories, but we encourage you to check out this article on the 4 C’s for more in-depth information.

Carat Weight

This refers to the physical weight of a diamond measured in carats. You’ll want to decide on a good carat weight range to look for. This relates to the size of the diamond.


The cut is how well the jeweler cuts the stone so that it reflects the most light in a visually appealing way. Don’t sacrifice on diamond-cut because it directly determines how brilliant the gem will look.


A truly colorless diamond is rare and sought after for its beautiful appearance. Sometimes, a diamond will have a yellow hue which makes it look less bright. This is a property of that specific diamond itself.

Complementing a diamond that has a slight tint with a metal that brings out the shine of the diamond can make color disparities hardly noticeable.


When a diamond forms, it will have imperfections called inclusions. Many of these aren’t noticeable to the naked eye but still analyzed by diamond experts. An internally flawless diamond has no inclusions or blemishes, while a slightly included diamond may have noticeable flaws.

Affordable Ring Options

Sylvie Solitaire Ring
Sylvie Solitaire Ring

Buying an engagement ring is an investment in your relationship and future, but you can still find affordable engagement rings that fit within your budget.

Lab grown diamonds are 20%-50% less expensive than traditionally mined diamonds and have the same amazing looks and quality. That’s why more and more people are choosing lab grown diamonds to adorn their jewelry.

You can also shop for affordable engagement rings by narrowing your search to classic and simple styles with fewer stones.

The Sylvie Solitaire ring by Clean Origin has a delicate design that is great for everyday wear. It comes in classic white gold or yellow gold bands. This ring is timeless and has long-lasting value.

Buying Engagement Rings Online

Searching for an engagement ring online is a great way to make sure you get the best deal and find the perfect engagement ring that is special and unique.

Online shopping for engagement rings lets you compare styles and metal options to fit your style. When you’re ready to purchase, you can buy a diamond or diamond engagement ring online from the comfort of your home.

Shipping and Return Policies

Clean Origin has free shipping and returns policies that make purchasing a diamond simple and worry-free. You can select a diamond engagement ring online and have it shipped to your home.

If the ring doesn’t work for some reason, you can return it free or get complimentary resizing. These offers mean you won’t have any surprise fees or extra costs and can get everything done in one place.

Recommendations for Engagement Rings

You can shop for high-quality engagement rings at great prices online at Clean Origin. If you’re still unsure about the perfect diamond, check out these engagement rings for inspiration on style and see Clean Origin’s line of rings.

Antique Halo Ring
Antique Halo Ring

This Antique Halo Ring is a beautiful halo ring with a sophisticated design that will show off the beauty of your partner. It comes in traditional metals, including rose gold and platinum, for a vintage look.

Mayfair Ring
Mayfair Ring

The Mayfair Ring has diamonds that adorn the shoulders of the band and features a beautiful center stone. You can customize the shape of the center diamond as well.

Feel Good About Your Engagement Ring

Besides affordability and quality, there are other factors to consider when purchasing an engagement ring.

Ethical Jewelry

Traditional diamond mining can have severe consequences on the environment and bring up ethical concerns regarding the people who mine the gemstones. That’s why it matters where your diamond ring came from and if the brand only sells responsibly sourced products.

All of Clean Origin’s diamonds are lab grown and do not contribute to negative environmental impacts or raise ethical concerns. You can be sure that you are investing in ethical jewelry that does not harm the Earth when shopping for man made diamonds and jewelry.

Finding the perfect engagement ring isn’t about buying the most expensive diamond or the price you paid. It’s about the love and care you put into the ring, which makes any diamond valuable.

Our diamond store is committed to providing the highest quality ethical jewelry that celebrates your relationship. We believe that symbols of love in a relationship matter greatly, and we are honored to be a part of the special moments you have.