It should come as no surprise that scientists and members of the diamond industry have finally found a way to bring consumers diamonds that are not found in the earth. Starting just over a decade ago, the public began being exposed to the detrimental effects that the diamond industry has on our environment, and the men and women in the mining industry. This extremely dark side of diamonds was disclosed with the film ‘Blood Diamond’ featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Many people, however, still don’t understand the level of impact mining for diamonds has created. As a result, scientists have found a way to create diamonds in a lab and many jewelers are working hard to spread the word about lab-created diamonds and their benefits.
Better For The Environment
In recent years, there’s been a growing popularity in environmental studies and efforts to help normalize sustainable practices. From stainless steel water bottles to electric cars, it seems like every industry is doing its part to help our earth. But the individuals behind the production of mined diamond have done a great job of keeping their bad environmental behavior out of the public eye. From dangerous mines overseas to disturbing and destroying marine life in the sea, extracting diamonds might not be done right in front of our eyes, but it’s just as detrimental and just as important.
“In total, air emissions on a single carat of a mined diamond are 1.5 billion times higher than those of a lab-grown one.”
Better For The People
There’s no doubt that diamond mining is an extremely dangerous profession. Not only from the nature of the physical work, but because of the human rights violations, child labor and inhumane treatment of workers that the industry often sees. On top of all that? Mined diamonds are often used as illegal currency in places throughout Africa that fund war and conflict-related activity. With no alternative to turn to, these individuals are often stuck working in a dangerous industry that could care less about their safety or well-being.
“All in all, mined diamonds result in 1 injury for every 1,000 workers annually. Lab-grown diamonds result in zero.”
Better For Your Pocket
Supporting companies with positive environmental and ethical practices is amazing, and everyone should have access to alternatives that give them this option. But one other result of these diamond alternatives is a decrease in cost. Due to a shorter supply chain — and keeping these diamonds out of the hands of greedy politicians — lab-created diamonds are priced much more competitively…up to 20-30% less expensive to be exact. So this brings your budget for a 2 carat diamond up to the same budget for a 2.5 carat diamond.
“Giving individuals the diamond they’ve always dreamed of, at a price they never dreamt possible.”
Just as we’ve seen with other products throughout history, science has provided us an improved way to have gorgeous diamonds. There is no longer a need to hurt our environment, or the people living in it, to have diamonds. The benefits of man made diamonds are obvious and the disadvantages of mined diamonds are glaring. Choose to be on the right side of history.