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The Future of Diamonds - Lab-Grown or Mined?
May 18, 2020

Presenting diamond jewellery to a loved one is one of the purest ways to express commitment and eternal love, hence the saying, "Diamonds are eternal". Diamond engagement rings have been a tradition throughout history that has stood the test of time. There is, however, an urgent need to change the way and type of diamonds we buy, and that is where laboratory-grown diamonds come into play. When compared with mined diamonds, they are superior in every way.

Firstly, before proceeding any further, let's establish that Lab-created diamonds are 100% real and authentic diamonds. Unlike conventional diamonds, which are formed inside the earth, lab-grown diamonds are grown in labs from carefully arranged small diamonds called seeds which are placed in a carbon saturated chamber. With advanced technology, the seeds are subjected to very high pressures and temperatures, which mimic the natural process of diamond formation, but at an exponentially faster rate. The chemical composition and physical properties of synthetic diamonds are thus identical to those of natural diamonds, and they cannot be distinguished from each other even by professionals.

To summarize, man-made diamonds produced in labs are real diamonds and definitely NOT cubic zirconia or any other diamond knockoff. Despite looking similar to diamonds, imitations are fundamentally different from the real thing. They are not as durable and long-lasting as real diamonds and will not fool anyone who inspects them closely.

We can now discuss the many advantages that lab-grown diamonds offer over conventionally mined ones, especially for the environment, customers, and, most importantly, human lives.

The earth is already negatively affected by diamonds even before light falls on them because diamonds must first be taken out of the ground through mining. There is no escaping the fact that diamond mining will always have a heavy environmental impact, regardless of how carefully it is done. Besides soil erosion and deforestation, diamond mining is responsible for displacing local communities and causing humanitarian crises. Furthermore, rivers and streams are exploited in order to sustain mining operations, resulting in their eventual destruction. Historically, diamond miners have rerouted rivers and built dams to expose riverbeds for mining, resulting in catastrophic effects on the local fish and wildlife population that entire communities depend on for survival. The mining of diamonds can, in extreme cases, eliminate entire ecosystems, with most failing to recover completely even long after the diamonds have been mined. Apart from that, most diamonds are mined in Africa under warlord control, where child exploitation and slavery are common practices, earning them the moniker "Blood Diamonds".

Lab-grown diamonds, as their name implies, are grown under the supervision of scientists and engineers in highly regulated labs and therefore do not pose any concerns as they are both child labour and environmentally friendly. In contrast to mined diamonds, which are often contaminated by impurities in the environment during their formation, diamonds that are created in a laboratory with strictly controlled processes naturally result in brighter and whiter diamonds with almost no defects. In fact, lab-grown diamonds even sparkle more than mined diamonds since they are generally cut to get perfect cuts since there is more rough material to work with. Because mined diamonds come in random shapes and sizes, they are cut to achieve the best weight to reduce wastage and maximize profit. Aside from this, coloured diamonds manufactured in laboratories are much more vibrant and uniform than their mined counterparts, which is achieved through the careful and precise dosing of trace chemicals.

You would think that creating such superior quality diamonds without all the environmental and human costs would have sky-high prices for the consumer, wouldn't you? In reality, however, lab-grown diamond jewellery can save you up to 70% over a similar mined diamond jewellery. Therefore, an individual with the same budget can easily buy a larger diamond with a more elaborate design and intricate metalwork. This will ultimately result in a family heirloom that can be passed down generations without losing its sentimental and physical value.