The ideal diamond is an accessory that lasts forever, a perfect cut that fits our preferences and builds our self-esteem.
Out of habit, people tend to second guess lab-created diamonds. It is understandable; we have a knee-jerk reaction to think that natural is better.
Here is the truth: lab-grown diamonds are an ethically sound choice over their natural counterparts.
The Mining Industry’s Dark Past
The mining industry’s shady practices are a long list of ethical, moral, and environmental sins. Movies like Blood Diamond unearth its exploitative and downright dangerous labor practices. Mined diamonds expose our planet to deforestation, harming wildlife, eroding land, and polluting water sources.
Those unethical practices only scratch the surface. Most of the exploited workers in diamond mines are children and people whose human rights are neglected for profits. Mining communities take the brunt of the damage as they suffer from dangerous, unclean conditions.
At some point, we have to ask ourselves the big question. Is a natural diamond really more valuable than the toll on human lives?
On the other hand, jobs created in the laboratory are less ruthless, put food on workers’ tables, and come from careers filled with passion (or fairness at the very least). Zero child labor is involved, and local communities do not have to suffer from the negative environmental impacts.
The Word “Synthetic” is Misleading
Lab-grown diamonds are structurally identical to mined diamonds. Both materials come from crystallized carbon, able to pass a realness test for longevity and hardness. Even a professionally trained eye cannot spot the difference.
How is that possible? How are scientists able to recreate the hardest material on earth? Your suspicion is understandable. Everything has a catch, right? The answer lies in centuries-worth of chemistry and some of the world’s brightest minds.
Through a process in a lab, smaller diamonds are grown into bigger diamonds. Scientists heat their mixture to extreme temperatures under extreme pressure (similar to our planet’s natural process). Hydrogen and carbon combine to create lab-grown diamonds.
Then, they are professionally cut, polished, graded, and ready to be displayed. At this point, lab-grown diamonds are identical to those formed in the earth.
The truly admirable thing about manufactured gems is the science. The human mind is capable of amazing discoveries. Being able to recreate an earthly process shows the beauty of human ingenuity.
Diamonds That Give You Peace of Mind and Are Easy on the Wallet
Another brilliant perk to lab-grown diamonds is their cost. You spend 20-40% less on the same product. That allows you to wear a larger diamond with just as much sparkle while going easy on your wallet. You may choose a more elaborate setting or add accessories like a beautiful tennis bracelet with the money you save.
Sometimes, we are inclined to believe that cheaper means less quality. For lab-created diamonds, that is simply not true! The cost savings come from the smaller supply chain. It takes less time to complete, no labor exploitation, and they are made in a lab.
If you are shopping for a large gem to feature on say a 3-carat diamond ring, quality is critical. Bigger diamonds show more flaws, so you want to go for an excellent cut grade. Surfaces with lower grades tend to be abrasive with a lack of shine and have apparent defects. A lab-made diamond is a great way to cut costs without cutting your priorities.
While neither method is perfect, it seems clear that the scientific method is more ethical than the exploitative one. When you factor in that there is no structural difference between synthetic and mined diamonds, the choice is easy.
A diamond’s strength represents everlasting love, and you do not have to compromise durability or quality. Trust in science. Your unique, lab-grown diamond jewelry is a work of art.