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Lab Grown Diamonds: What to Know


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Lab Grown Diamonds: What to Know

Diamonds are girl's best friend - but only if they're sustainably grown, right? Right!

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Lab grown diamonds are man made and signify a hugely positive shift in the jewellery industry, because simply put, labgrown diamonds are much more sustainable and ethical than mined diamonds.

     

Lab grown diamonds, or synthetic diamonds (ignore the negative connotation of synthetic) are made the same way as mined diamonds are, but instead, the process is done in a lab. The crystal lattice structure is the same, the same methods and procedures are used to create them – the only difference of significance is the fact that mined diamonds are over 3.3 million years old. Some might think this makes mined diamonds more special, more romantic. But the dark side of this ‘romance’ is a less than attractive negative underbelly of a lack of regulations, unethical practices, and huge amounts of wastage of soil and water.

Our Earth’s soil is in bad condition. It’s not as rich as it used to be, and diamond mining, which can contribute to soil erosion, is hardly contributing positively to this. Soil erosion can cause deforestation and other agricultural problems, harming wildlife, too. Still think mined diamonds are romantic and special?

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Lab grown diamonds have less impurities. Unlike ‘blood diamonds’, which are mined diamonds where the origin is unclear, coming from conflicted regions and harder to trace back to the beginning (making it harder to ensure everyone involved in the mining process is being treated fairly and paid well), lab grown diamonds have a trackable history, from its origin to its acquisition. Lab grown diamonds are also cheaper, available for a fraction of the cost of coloured mined diamonds. This does not make them ‘less than’ – just because something is expensive, it doesnt make it better, right, or any more sustainable or ethical. Need more convincing? Mining diamonds uses collossal amounts of fossil fuels, whereas lab grown diamonds cause little to no environmental damage. They benefit the buyer, the supplier, the manufacterer, and most importantly, the earth.

If you’re convinced and want to start making the switch immediately, let us introduce you to the most amazing brands creating lab grown diamonds. We think the pictures speak for themselves – they’re just as beautiful as mined diamonds and remember, are so much more sustainable.

Where to Buy Lab Grown Diamonds: The Best Brands & Collections

Lark & Berry

Here’s a prime example of a beautiful brand selling beautiful jewellery. And look! No mined diamonds! Lark & Berry understand that diamonds that are ‘dirtily mined’ have an immensly negative impact on the environment. The brand uses cultured diamonds (lab grown) so that they get to say to their customers that they are proudly conflict-free. Read more about their decision to use lab grown diamonds here. Larkandberry.co.uk

Shahla Karimi X Diamond Foundry

Their bridal capsule collection ‘Deco’, inspired by the jewellery of the roaring 20s, is handmade in NYC using recycled gold and silver from the Diamond Foundry, the world’s first certified carbon neutral diamond producer. Diamond Foundry create lab grown diamonds using innovative proprietary solar technology and are utilising renewable energy in the process. Shahlakarimi.com

     

Atelier Swarovski X Pénelope Cruz

Atelier Swarovski have partnered with Pénelope Cruz to create a capsule collection of stunning lab grown diamonds. The campaign, shot by fashion photographers Mert & Marcus, shines a light on how beautiful conscious luxury can be. If you, like us, are all about not sacrificing style in the name of sustainability, add a piece from the collection to your wish list, available to buy exclusively at Harvey Nichols, and make a conscious decision to support the sustainable and ethical practice of creating lab grown diamonds. Atelier Swarovski X Pénelope Cruz at Harvey Nichols

Taylor & Hart

Besoke jewellers Taylor & Hart have a unique offering, in which customers can design their own wedding ring. First you choose the metal (platinum, yellow gold, rose gold or white gold), then the style (solitaire, pavé, halo or trilogy), and the stone shape (round, oval, pear, marquise, heart, hexagonal, cushion, princess, emerald, asscher, or radiant). The best part? They can assemble any ring using lab grown diamonds, it’s just up to you to pick it. Taylorandhart.com

Courbet

Courbet create beautiful lab grown diamonds from their apartment in France. Plus, all the gold they use is 100% recyclable. Courbet explain on their website that ‘in July 2018, the Federal Trade Commission issued a new guideline stating that a diamond is a diamond, irrespective of whether it was produced in a laboratory or in the ground’. So, if anyone tries to give you the old (and incorrect) “a lab grown diamond isn’t real” – there you go! Proof. Courbet.com

     

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