What are lab grown diamonds?
Lab diamonds are quickly gaining popularity, and for good reason. They consist of carbon atoms structures that display the exact same chemical and optical characteristics of a natural diamond. This means that while lab diamonds have been created in a lab, their composition perfectly mirrors natural diamonds. Lab diamonds are typically much more affordable than natural diamonds, making them an excellent choice for couples look for a more economical option.
Are lab diamonds more ethical?
As they are not mined, lab diamonds are often seen as more sustainable than natural diamonds. However, the reality is not always so straightforward. While mined diamonds have a reputation for exploiting workers, creating violent and unsafe working conditions, and negatively impacting the environment due to soil erosion and deforestation, not all mines use poor practices. In fact, there are entire communities and countries that depend on the mining industry. Now, more than ever, we have access to small scale mines, women-led mines, gold and gemstone mines that provide training, education and jobs for people whose livelihood depends on it. At the same time, growing diamonds in a laboratory uses chemicals, gasses, technology and machinery that can still have a negative impact on the planet.
If ethical is what you are after, it’s important to make sure you know what you are looking for. We always make sure to source sustainable diamonds, whether you want a lab or natural diamond. If you’re looking for a more affordable option and ethical is what you are after, we work exclusively with WD Diamonds Lab Grown Diamonds, the only accredited sustainable provider of lab diamonds in Australia.
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