If a diamond lasts forever, then so does its impact on our earth. But what if we told you a more environmentally-friendly, affordable, and 100% real diamond exists? We’re talking about lab-grown diamonds, of course, and they should be the star of the show on your engagement ring.
According to lab-grown diamond retailer Clean Origin, the first man-made gem was developed in the 1950s. Now, more couples are choosing this sustainable stone as the centerpiece on their engagement rings or other diamond jewelry. And yes, lab-created diamonds are entirely real, with the same composition, brilliance, radiance, and mesmerizing beauty as that of a natural diamond.
“They are eco-friendly, ethically sourced, and competitively priced,” shares Kristin Crawford, VP of Merchandising and Product Development. So if you are looking for sustainable fine jewelry, as in “jewelry made with minimal impact on the environment and the people involved with making it at every step in the supply chain,” then lab-grown diamond pieces are truly your best option.
Have we convinced you yet? Ahead, learn all about lab-grown diamonds from industry leader Clean Origin, including why you should choose a lab-grown diamond ring to commemorate your engagement.
How Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Made
As evidenced by the name, a lab-grown diamond is created in a laboratory. And its origin is the only detail that differentiates a lab-grown diamond from a mined one. “A lab-created diamond is ‘grown’ inside a lab using cutting-edge technology that replicates the natural diamond growing process,” explains Crawford. “The result is a man-made diamond that is chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown beneath the Earth’s surface. Lab-grown diamonds are made of carbon, the same as mined natural diamonds.”
Why You Should Choose Lab-Grown Diamonds
Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Competitively Priced
Lab-grown diamonds offer all of the sparkle and value of natural diamonds, but with a lower price tag. Per Clean Origin, lab-grown diamonds can cost 20 to 30% less than mined diamonds. This is because of the shorter supply chain—it usually takes between six to 10 weeks to create a lab-grown diamond.
Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Better for the Environment
The environmental impact of a lab-grown diamond is a fraction of that of a mined diamond, and the proof is in the numbers. According to Crawford, mining a one carat diamond disturbs nearly 100 square feet of land and produces almost 6,000 pounds of mineral waste. Conversely, creating a one carat diamond in a lab only disturbs 0.07 square feet of land and mineral waste is just one pound.
Crawford adds, “A mined diamond consumes more than 126 gallons of water per carat. Lab-grown diamonds, on the other hand, consume just 18 gallons. Additionally, lab-created diamonds use less energy.”
Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Conflict Free
Not only is natural diamond mining harmful to our environment, but it also involves a series of unethical practices during the mining, cutting, grading, and distribution processes. Opting for a lab-created stone is the only way to ensure the diamond on your finger is entirely ethical. That’s because zero immoral methods are used during the creation process of man-made stones. Plus, with Clean Origin, you’re assuring that your jewelry is unequivocally conflict free.
Where to Purchase Lab-Grown Diamonds
When shopping for a diamond—man made or mined—you should only consider certified stones that have been graded on unique characteristics like cut, clarity, color, and carat. Clean Origin uses trusted independent entities like the GIA and IGI to verify, grade, and certify its gemstones. “Each Clean Origin lab-created diamond center stone that you buy is independently verified and graded for quality using the same scientific standards applied to mined diamonds,” the jeweler explains. “A fully certified, independent diamond grading laboratory evaluates quality by using the stone’s unique attributes. The laboratory then issues a formal report, grading each attribute in detail.”
Clean Origin’s diamond offerings are not limited to engagement rings either. From wedding bands to diamond pendants, tennis bracelets to stud earrings, the retailer has an impressive collection of lab-created diamond jewelry for all of life’s occasions. And if white diamonds aren’t your style, the online jeweler even offers fancy-colored stones, too.
And if you are looking to create a custom engagement ring, fortunately, Clean Origin has you covered. Simply choose your ideal diamond shape, cut, and carat weight, then select a setting and metal. Free shipping, free resizing, and a 100-day no questions asked return policy are all added bonuses.
Ready to find the lab-grown diamond jewelry of your dreams? Whether you’re purchasing a ring for your partner, gift for a friend, or piece just for you, click here to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Clean Origin diamond specialist.