This is the most frequent question I get recently and it is understandable. Everyone wants to make sure that their fine jewelry is a true investment for their future. I completely empathize with my clients when they ask this question. They want an remarkable ring but budget constraints can create challenges. Recently I have been educating myself on the differences between the two and really leaning into learning how diamond mining companies have updated their practices to create a much more equitable, safe and sustainable path for everyone involved in the diamond mining process.
The short answer: Invest in natural diamonds if you can. With more people purchasing lab-grown diamonds, the value of a natural diamond will probably hold more value over time. Just like fine art, the original is always more valuable than the copy.