Why Choose Lab Grown Diamonds?
As we become more aware of the ethical and environmental impact of all that we consume, it becomes clear that we need to be more conscious in our consumption. This has implications for all aspects of our lives, from basics such as the food we eat and the clothes we wear to more luxury items, such as jewellery.
Precious jewellery is often bought for a special occasion - a birthday, anniversary or to mark a life milestone. As such, it's even more important that we think carefully about how the jewellery is produced - it's impact on the planet, the amount of energy consumed in its mining, processing or transport, to the working conditions for the workers in the supply chain.
Using lab grown diamonds is a clear winner for many reasons. Sourced from an award-winning leader in the field of lab grown diamonds, these diamonds offer you the opportunity to own top quality diamonds at a much more reasonable price than mined diamonds (or to aqcuire a piece with a larger and better quality diamond for the same price as a lower grade mined diamond). You might wonder if lab-grown diamonds are somehow not quite as special, or real, as mined diamonds. According to Thierry Silber, an expert in this field, 'a laboratory grown diamond is a diamond. There is no difference between a diamond occurring naturally and a laboratory grown diamond except ‘origin’. The most respected diamond grading laboratories the Gemological Institute of America, HRD and the International Gemological Institute provide diamond grading reports certifying that laboratory grown diamonds are exactly the same as natural occurring diamond except that one is created by science.'
You might ask whether the carbon footprint of producing lab grown diamonds might negate the gains made by not digging the gemstones out of the ground. After all, the manufacturing of diamonds uses energy. For this reason, I source all my lab-grown diamonds from a company that are certified CO2 neutral.
Sometimes, it really is possible to have your cake and eat it!