At the beginning of 2019, I made a New Year’s Eve commitment to extend my intention of living sustainably towards transforming my shopping habits. As someone who used to have a career in the fashion industry, this is still a challenge. This year I’ve stopped buying anything with polyester, unless it was made from recycled plastic, and started to investigate the materials and manufacturing of other products that caught my interest, such as jewelry.
I was familiar with lab-created diamonds but mistakenly thought they were fake diamonds like cubic zirconias. With my 30th birthday quickly approaching I wanted to commemorate the milestone birthday with a gemstone and couldn’t resist the idea of diamonds. I learned that laboratory-grown diamonds have come along way since their lackluster beginning and that many on the market are very high-quality.
Improved technology has made the man-made gems just as brilliant as mined diamonds. In fact, they’re nearly identical chemically, physically, and optically. The origins of the diamonds are the only difference according to the Gemological Institute of America. Synthetic diamonds are an eco-friendly alternative to natural diamonds and are the only way to wear the gem if your consumerism is centered around ethics.
Lab-grown diamonds are better for the environment as they don’t require mining which destroys land, uses an abundance of water (480 liters of water for one carat), or thousands of pounds of mineral waste. The emissions to make diamonds in a lab are almost non-existent in comparison, and many labs are using clean energy to lower the impact of the 0.028 grams of carbon emissions released per carat.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the horrors of how the blood diamond trade treats mineworkers and communities that are overpowered by diamond warlords who operate child labor and are responsible for immense environmental destruction. 1 out of every 1,000 diamond miners suffers injuries while cultivating natural diamonds. When considering both the environmental and social impact of natural diamonds, it’s only logical that the conflict-free diamonds that don’t violence are lab-made.
When choosing lab-created diamonds there’s no sacrificing on cut, clarity, color, or carat. You only benefit from the purchase by making a planet and people-friendly choice. Lab-made diamonds are also easier on your wallet as they usually cost 20-30% less than mined diamonds.
100% lab-made diamonds are the only way to purchase guilt-free diamonds that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Some of the finest eco-friendly diamonds on the market are made by Clean Origin who, as they say, are making ‘better diamonds for a better world.’ The family-owned business was founded in 2017 by Alexander Weindling, a third-generation jeweler.
Each Clean Origin diamond is one-of-a-kind. Every Clean Origin diamond is entirely unique and has certification from the International Gemological Institute, one of the top diamond grading laboratories and comes with a grading certificate. It’s also possible to order loose lab-made diamonds without the setting. All Clean Origin diamonds have complimentary shipping in the States and are lovingly displayed in lavish cherry wood boxes.
There’s no need to wait for your wedding day to own beautiful lab-created diamonds. After all, diamonds are meant to represent a life-long commitment and who better to swear your love to than yourself. 2019 is all about self-care and self-love and you deserve to reward yourself with something sparkly and sustainable. I want to wear jewelry I can be proud of that won’t compromise my ethical compass.
I had my eyes on the pink 5.01 carat Clean Origin lab-grown solitaire diamond set in 14kt rose gold which was recently worn by Camila Mendes at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards. The Gemological Institute of America said it was the most remarkable lab-made diamonds it has ever tested. With a price tag of $175,000, it will come as no shock that this was just slightly out of my budget.
Alas, I selected a pair of ready-to-shop Clean Origin basket set diamond stud earrings that align with my morals. The classic earrings are 14kt gold with a total weight of 3/4CT and J+ color is absolutely flawless and makes me feel very sophisticated as I enter a new decade.
“It’s really important in life to be on the right side of history,” says Weindling. I couldn’t agree more and will cherish my clear conscious Clean Origin diamonds for a lifetime.
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