“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” right? I wasn’t sure about that until lab-grown diamonds caught my eye. I had to know more, and once I discovered lab-grown diamond company Clean Origin, I found the answers, here’s why Lab-Grown Diamonds are an Ethical Choice in the Diamond Industry.
The concept of diamonds-especially for engagement rings, was first marketed in 1947 by South African mining company De Beers. With the slogan, “Diamonds are forever”, the idea of diamonds has become a symbol of love, commitment, and even ‘a girl’s best friend’ in pop culture. It’s also evolved into an intergenerational rite of passage: diamonds are to be kept forever and handed down within the family.
Lab-Grown Diamonds: a Disruptor in the Diamond Industry
Valued at 17 billion dollars, the diamond industry has a stronghold in North America and in burgeoning markets like China. However, there is a new diamond source in town: according to The Economist, lab-grown diamonds are “the biggest disruptor the diamond industry had faced,” holding a 2% market share, and growing by 15% each year.
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What is the attraction to a diamond created in a lab, rather than mined from natural resources?
Simply put, they’re eco-friendly, ethically sourced, and 20-30% less expensive than mined diamonds! The environmental benefits to choosing lab-grown caught my eye first: not only are the carbon emissions of a lab-grown diamond only 4.8% of a mined diamond, they also require less than half as much energy for production. Further, the mineral waste per carat of diamond in the lab is only 1 pound, compared to 5798 pounds for a mined diamond.
The human impact of the traditional diamond industry is also less sparkly: in fact, diamond related conflicts, child labour, corruption and significant environmental damage are still happening. According to an ethical diamond guide by Time Magazine, although a certification system for diamond mining exists, there are not many ways to guarantee a mined diamond isn’t tainted- even if you do find out its country of origin.
Are lab-grown diamonds real?
Absolutely! Although they originate in a lab and not in a mine, lab-grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds. How is this possible?
Clean Origin, a lab-grown diamond company with three generations of experience in the diamond industry, explains that lab-created diamonds are put through a scientific process which achieves the same quality as mined diamonds. There are two different processes they can undergo: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).
The two processes use a combination of heat and pressure to form a diamond. Incredibly high pressure combined with high temperatures (800 degrees Celsius for CVD diamonds and 1500 degrees Celsius for an HPHT diamond) allows pure carbon to form around a starter seed. After it is exposed to carbon-rich gases, ionization adheres the pure carbon to the diamond seed, and it slowly crystallizes into being a girl’s best friend. One common misconception is that lab grown diamonds are completely perfect. However, they are graded the same exact way as mined diamonds: using the 4 C’s. Meaning, they vary in color, imperfections, and flaws.
With this new, ethical, eco-friendly and more affordable diamond out there, would you buy it?
Pardon the pun, but lab-grown diamonds are on the “cutting edge” of environmental and social practices that makes a luxury market even more attractive. For me, a more ethical, eco-friendly and affordable option will always be my first choice- how about you?
That’s a look at how Lab-Grown Diamonds: An Ethical Choice in the Diamond Industry. This post is generously sponsored by Clean Origin. I only work with brands I love and can stand behind.