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ARE LAB DIAMONDS AN ETHICAL CHOICE?

We’re living in a time where our Starbucks orders include non-dairy options, plant-based diets are becoming a lifestyle, and metal straws are being carried around in our purses. Why? Because we care! The ideas and practices of ethical lifestyle changes are spreading wide among the nation because we care about the world and what’s happening to it. Our lifestyles are vastly improved by the ethical, sustainable options recently made available to us, for not just areas of food and health, but fashion and jewelry.

Since When Have Diamonds Been a Bad Thing?

HauteCarat is proud to create and carry ethical, conflict-free options to a generation of people who want to feel as good as they look. And why shouldn’t you? Because you never knew your jewelry or diamonds had ethical options?

Wait...if there’s conflict-free diamonds, does that mean there’s such a thing as a conflict diamond?

Ding, ding, ding! With conflict-free diamonds comes conflict diamonds, otherwise known as blood diamonds, which can be defined by online source CNN as “illegally traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas, particularly in central and western Africa, according to the World Diamond Council, which represents the commercial diamond trade.”

Woah! Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but apparently not the world’s or environment’s!

A conflict-free diamond company titled Clean Origin shares a bit more useful backstory, stating that back in 2000, states in South Africa agreed upon a process that would stop the trade of conflict diamonds. In efforts to bring peace in war-torn areas involved in this trade and push out those still participating in illegitimate practices, the Kimberley Process was originated by over 70 countries, including the United Nations, the World Diamond Council, and the European Union. Thus, the rise (and encouragement) of conflict-free diamonds.

Mined Diamonds Equal More Dilemmas (For the Earth)

Apart from some illegitimate origins, mined diamonds include several processes that negatively affect the environment, involving not only the process of mining, but the well-being of miners who do the dirty work (no pun intended!)

Listen...it’s 2020, girl. We’re learn somethin’ new here every day! And here’s an important item on the agenda: how lab-grown diamonds are an ethical option for you.

Let’s continue by talking more facts.

Mined diamonds affect the planet on a much larger scale than lab-grown diamonds, for several options wonderfully listed by an online source named Ecocult, a sustainable fashion and travel blog for conscious women. We’ve summarized some down below:

  • A mined diamond requires an average of 126 gallons of water to produce; lab-grown diamond requires about 18.

  • For every mined diamond, there is an average of 97 square feet of land disturbed. Only 0.07 square feet of land is disturbed for a lab-grown diamond

  • When it comes to human rights and safety: mined diamonds result in 1 injury for every 1,000 workers annually, while lab-grown diamonds result in zero.

  • Mined diamonds emit more than 125 pounds of carbon and 30 pounds of sulphur oxide for every single carat; lab grown diamonds emit 6 pounds of carbon and no sulphur oxide at all.

Mined diamonds affect the planet on a much larger scale than lab-grown diamonds, for several options wonderfully listed by an online source named Ecocult, a sustainable fashion and travel blog for conscious women. We’ve summarized some down below:

These facts listed on Ecocult derived from a study done by Frost and Sullivan, a global research and consulting organization, who’ve done a comprehensive study analyzing the diamond industry. You’re welcome to read and learn more about how mined diamonds can affect the environment in ways you might’ve not realized, opposed to lab-grown diamonds.

The transparency of lab-grown diamonds is much clearer than the clouded whereabouts of where a mined diamond truly comes from, and who/what is being harmed in the process.

Who says we can’t play by our own rules? We’ve shaken up the industry with our one-of-a-kind, fully transparent jewelry pieces. Clean diamonds and clean origins make for a clean conscious. Because we want to look great while feeling great.

Modernizing Times

Look great, feel great, change great? Creation of diamonds in a laboratory began as early as the 50’s! Always a source of controversy, the lab-grown diamond industry has been on the rise ever since with its unique creation process.

Although the creation of diamonds began with a large press intended to maintain enormous amounts of pressure in a small area, (to learn more about the history of lab diamonds, feel free to click here) times change and technologies change with it.

Choosing an ethical option, in this day and age, also means being open to advanced technologies that might’ve not existed in the 50’s. As consumers of this new decade, we’re more intellectually open and willing to understand new and exciting technologies that transform the way we live, including the fashion we choose to wear. We not only get the opportunity to help maintain the well-being of our environment, we have a much easier time when making conscious decisions due to the fact that technologies are so advanced, such as creating diamonds in a laboratory, and more importantly, easily accessible to us. Count us in!

An Epic & Ethical Choice

Apart from that tiny, awesome thing called ‘helping save the environment’, lab-grown diamonds have numerous qualities that make them an epic, ethical choice. Like the five C’s of diamonds, HauteCarat has our own version of five. We’re happy to list them for you down below:

Reason #1: The Real Deal

Lab-grown diamonds are 100% real diamonds, made from 100% carbon. They just differ from mined diamonds by their creation; in a laboratory, through controlled, intensive processes.

Reason #2: Budget Friendly

Due to the highly skilled and trained professionals working in a controlled lab environment, we are able to accelerate the million-year process of diamond creation into a few short months. Why is this good news to you? Because you don’t need to spend copious amounts of money to get your dream bling! You can score a bigger cut stone that falls beautifully into your budget, because of the ability to produce such stones within reasonable amounts of time.

Reason #3: Born in the USA

Each one of our diamonds is grown in dual manufacturing facilities located in Beverly Hills and Chicago. No detail is overlooked, thanks to our highly trained and skilled craftsmen, with over 20 years of industry experience! There is no harm or risk to children in war-torn countries, no safety risks for miners in dangerous environments, no corruption of monopolies. Each one of our HauteCarat jewelry pieces is expertly crafted, with the utmost attention to detail, by experts who care. You can truly feel good about wearing a stunning piece of jewelry that harmed absolutely no one in the process! Handmade and homemade, baby.

Reason #4: IGI Certified

The International Gemological Institute ensures that each one of our lab-grown diamonds are graded under high scrutiny by certified gemologists. Once your diamond is in the clear, it’s given a detailed appraisal report so you can feel confident that you’re getting the real deal.

Reason #5: HC Cuts the BS

A part of why diamonds seem so impossibly luxurious is due to the outrageous markups and marketing by traditional jewelry brands. Did you know some brands mark-up products between eight to ten times the amount it costs to produce? Wham, Bam, No Thank You Ma’am! HauteCarat is proud to make your diamond dreams come true, by cutting out the middle-market-man and selling our jewelry at a fair price. Because we believe no diamond and no level of luxury is impossible to obtain.

Too Good To Be True?

Now, we can’t come to an educated, reasonable conclusion without being aware of counter arguments made against the ethics of lab-grown diamonds, right ladies? It’s important to note that, according to an article written by CGTN America, questions regarding the energy sourcing of such laboratories that produce lab-grown diamonds have risen. If laboratories are speeding up a natural process in such intensive ways, aren’t vast amounts of energy required?

A contrasting viewpoint might demonstrate how these facilities really can be an ethical option, despite the former critique.

According to a CGTN interview with Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, “The core issue here is that lab-grown diamonds have far more flexibility in terms of selecting their energy source in comparison with mined diamonds.”

“You could conceivably situate a lab grown facility in an area where there is an abundance of renewable energy,” said Ali. “With mined diamonds, you are much more constrained where you situate the mines… lab-grown diamonds clearly have less of a land disturbance impact.”

Phew! Despite critique, lab-grown diamonds can source renewable energy in order to produce a stunning result. Better yet, there’s more control of where such laboratories can be created and/or placed in order to use renewable energy. Unlike mined diamonds, which have zero flexibility in where they are created naturally, thus required to be mined from.

And there you have it!

Despite all of our efforts to eat better, to make more conscious decisions to not harm the environment by reducing plastic use or lessening animal product intake, we were never introduced to this idea that even the jewelry we accessorize with can leave us feeling consciously and ethically more fulfilled...until now!

It’s no secret why lab-grown diamonds are truly the best ethical options when weighing out the pros and cons of both mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds. We care deeply about the drama-free creation of our diamonds and jewelry that can create everlasting looks and memories for you.

References

Armstrong, Paul. “What are conflict diamonds?” CNN, December 5 2011. (Available Online)

“Conflict Free Diamonds.” Clean Origin, 2020. (Available Online)

Davidson, Abigail. “Why Buying Lab Grown Diamonds Is the ONLY Way to Ensure Ethical Sourcing.” Ecocult, March 11, 2019. (Available Online)

“Ethical and sustainable? Lab-grown diamonds differentiate themselves in jewelry market.” CGTN America, Last modified June 10, 2019. (Available Online)

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