Why Lab-Created Diamonds Are the Hottest Jewelry Gift of 2022

Nexus Diamond Earrings

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Jewelry is a holiday gift that continues to shine for years to come. But diamond earrings can easily cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, nowadays there is an alternative that the average person cannot distinguish from the real deal: lab-created diamonds.

Find out why Diamond Nexus lab-created round diamond earrings are one of our 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts of 2022 to come.

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Diamond Nexus round earrings .66 cts, $504 (was $720)

Kendra Scott Alex, gold-tone stainless steel and diamond dial watch, $328

Montblanc Star Legacy Watch in Stainless Steel and Alligator Strap (43mm), $3,235

Why Diamond Nexus Round Post Earrings Are A Highly Sought After Gift Of 2022

More affordable round earrings from Diamond Nexus are CBS Essentials tested and loved. These best-selling Essentials are just as stunning in real life. Hear what critics have to say:

“The sparkle and quality of these earrings completely blew my wife away on our anniversary,” says Charles C.. “The diamonds are beautiful!”

“Shipping was fast and the packaging was very sophisticated,” said an anonymous reviewer.

“The tension backs are very secure, which is always a concern,” reviewer Danielle B. said.

Because these diamonds are created in a lab, they are sure to be conflict free. For these reasons and more, these 4.5-star rated earrings are our pick for the most wanted jewelry gift of 2022. (And if that’s not her style, we’ve got plenty of other picks from jewelry to follow.)

Diamond Nexus Round Cut Stud Earrings

Round earrings

diamond link

With these classic diamond alternative earrings from Diamond Nexus, you have a choice of precious metal type, center stone cut, and certification status. The diamonds in this piece are lab created, but indistinguishable from a perfect diamond. The earrings have a low profile, so they never look droopy.

Diamond Nexus round earrings .66 cts, $504 (was $720)

More jewelry for women

Want more options? So check out these women’s jewelry pieces that also make a great gift.

Aurate Opal Diamond Halo Ring

Aurate Halo Diamond Opal Ring


Choose from 14k and 18k yellow gold, white gold or rose gold to this beautiful opal ring with a diamond halo from the high jewelry brand Aurate, founded by women. The company only uses diamonds from certified conflict-free sources.

Aurate Halo Diamond Opal Ring, $800

Kendra Scott Alex diamond and gold-tone stainless steel dial watch

Kendra Scott Alex Diamond and Gold Tone Stainless Steel Dial Watch

Kendra Scott

by Kendra Scott first watch collection is here including this stunner with diamond dials. It has an ivory mother-of-pearl face and is crafted from gold-tone stainless steel. Kendra Scott respects the Kimberley Process.

(Companies that respect the Kimberley Process aim to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain.)

Kendra Scott Alex, gold-tone stainless steel and diamond dial watch, $328

Mejuri pavé diamond huggie hoops

Huggie Diamond Pavé Mejuri Hoop Earrings


She’s gonna wear out so much those diamond hugs that go with everything. They are made of recycled solid 14k gold or white gold and one cut diamonds, non-confrontational and socially responsible.

Mejuri Pavé Diamond Huggie Hoops, $250

Concierge ring train station bracelet set with diamonds

Station bracelet set with diamonds

Concierge Ring

This delicate bracelet is available in 14k yellow, white and rose gold, as well as in two sizes. It features five round diamonds. Ring Concierge diamonds are Kimberley Process compliant.

Ring Concierge station bracelet set with diamonds, $358

Brilliant Earth Allegra Diamond Hoop Earrings

Allegra Diamond Hoop Earrings

shiny earth

These hoop earrings combine baguette-cut diamonds and round diamonds. Find them in recycled 14-karat white and yellow gold. Brilliant Earth claims to go beyond Kimberley Process standards to find conflict-free diamonds.

Brilliant Earth Diamond Allegra Hoops, $525

Gucci G-Timeless wristwatch

Gucci G-Timeless wristwatch


This classic Swiss-made ladies’ watch is anything but boring. The bee and the emblems on this gold PVD coated stainless steel Gucci watch offer a special touch.

Gucci G-Timeless wristwatch (36mm), $1,650

Men’s jewelry to gift this holiday season

Also get a special piece for the man in your life.

Montblanc Star Legacy watch in stainless steel and alligator strap

Montblanc Star Legacy watch in stainless steel and alligator strap

Saks Fifth Avenue

This classic and casual men’s watch Has an alligator strap and luminescent 18k rose gold Roman numerals, indexes and hands. It has a domed sapphire crystal dial, as well as a blue seconds hand which adds a special touch.

Montblanc Star Legacy Watch in Stainless Steel and Alligator Strap (43mm), $3,235

MVMT Legacy Slim Watch in Black Panther



This relatively affordable, MVMT black on black men’s watch never clashes with your look. It has a quality leather strap and its case is ion-plated stainless steel.

MVMT Legacy Slim in Panther Black (42mm), $118

Customizable pearl necklace: $66

Pearl necklace

Fraser Sterling

As seen around Justin Bieber’s neck, Frasier Sterling’s custom beaded princess necklace can be individualized with any name or word, up to nine characters. The pearls are synthetic; 4k gold plated zinc charms measure 1.3 x 1.3 cm.

Customizable pearl necklace, $66

10k Solid Gold Miami Cuban Link Chain (4mm): $1,831

Miami Cuban Link

Frost NYC

If you are looking for a legit, solid gold Miami Cuban link chain, famed hip-hop jeweler Frost NYC has a ton of options. Prices start at $1,923 for a 4mm wide, 20-inch chain in 10k gold.

Miami Cuban link chain in 10k solid gold (4mm), $1,923 (was $2,749)

100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts: Best Christmas Gifts

It may seem early to start shopping Christmas gifts and Hanukkah, but believe us, it is not. Last year’s holiday season was riddled with supply chain issues, and CBS News anticipates more of the same in 2022. In addition, there is inflation – unfortunately prices can increase even more before December.

So it’s time to shop for holiday gifts now. Choose a good hiding place and check CBS Essentials’ 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts of 2022. We’ve based our top 100 gift picks on our own bestsellers, owner reviews, and our own extensive research into the hottest gifts of 2022, like this I am Groot Legoa toy guinea pig giving birth and that purple turtle poo.

Stay tuned to the CBS Essentials 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts series for our picks of the hottest gifts to give in 2022. Our list includes some of the Apple’s latest productsthe best toys of 2022, game-changing kitchen appliances (such as this air fryer) and more.

Sarah C. Figueiredo