Cruelty Free and Earth Friendly Diamonds

Cruelty Free and Earth Friendly Diamonds

Lab Grown Diamonds are Cruelty Free

In the past natural Diamonds led to some horrific conflicts, civil wars, and human rights abuses besides funding violence specially in Africa as whoever controlled the mines held power over the people of that region. The illegal diamond trade was used by war lords and rebels to buy weapons to challenge the governments of the region. Already seven African countries hav endured brutal civil conflicts fuelled by diamonds: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Human rights abuses in diamond mines range from child labour, bonded, and forced labour to ill treatment, violence and sexual assaults. One of the saddest abuses was the use of children below the age of 18 as child soldiers in these African countries in an attempt to gain control of the Diamond mines.

The ‘Kimberly Process’ was established in 2003 to curb these unspeakable crimes. While the ‘Kimberly Process’ has succeeded in curbing much of the violence it has been struggling with its own limitations. Jeweler’s and Retailer’s that offer ‘conflict free diamonds’ or ‘diamonds that have adhered to Kimberly Process’ are limiting themselves to conflict diamonds that finance rebel movements against democratically elected governments. They omit a significant number of diamonds that are tainted by human right abuses and violence purported on the people who work in these mines as well the extreme poverty and exploitation of the mine workers. While most of the natural diamonds are conflict-free one can never be 100% sure as it is impossible to track every diamond from the mine to a jeweler. By consciously buying a lab grown diamond one is enjoying the beauty of a diamond without ever worrying about inadvertently supporting any of these heinous
acts.

DID YOU KNOW?

African Soldier

At least 10,000 children below the age of 18 served as soldiers, assisting both government and rebel forces in the 11 year war in Sierra Leone centered around the control of the countries Diamond Mines.

Girl with amputated arm in a camp for war amputees in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Image shot 2000. Exact date unknown.

Amputations are rampant as a method of torture and mutilation among countries fighting for control of diamond mines. A particularly horrific practice was the act of asking a victim whether they would like to wear short sleeves or long sleeves for the rest of their lives. Called “short sleeved” , meaning amputation of the arm at the shoulder and “long sleeved amputations” meaning , amputation of the hand at the wrist, victims were asked to chose before the heinous act was committed

Lab Grown Diamonds are Earth Friendly

Unlike a few other Lab-grown diamond jewelers we do not prefer to call these diamonds ‘Eco-friendly’ or ‘Sustainable’. These terminologies are often fuzzy and cannot be substantiated or proven. The Laboratories that make these diamonds do consume a lot of energy and the jury is still out on whether more energy is used by natural diamond mines or by these laboratories. However,
one fact that cannot be ignored is that by digging huge holes in the surface of the earth leads to widespread deforestation and damages the fragile ecosystem adversely affecting wildlife and the surrounding water supply. Diamond mines leave the earth scarred with massive craters some so big that they can swallow a city within their limits. These mines leave the earth’s surface and subsurface dug up, scraped, penetrated, contaminated, perforated, sunken and barren. It is an accepted fact that natural diamond miners need to move 250 tons of earth to get just one carat of a polished diamond. Lab Grown diamonds do not displace wildlife, plants, or humans in their production. They do not fund human rights abuses or violence. They do not contaminate adjoining water tables. We, therefore, prefer to call these diamonds ’Earth Friendly’.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Natural diamond miners need to move 250 tons of earth and disturb 100 square feet of land to get just one carat of polished diamond.
  • Diamond mining has been linked to pollution of water sources used by local people due to acid mine drainage. The pollution in rivers due to acid drainage by diamond mines has increased by 36% between 1956 and 2003.
  • The size of un-rehabilitated, destructed land left behind in South Africa due to Diamond Mining is approximately 2,000 football fields.
Mirny diamond mine. Russian Diamond Mine. Yakutia

Non Jewelry Application of Lab Grown Diamonds

Besides being used as a decorative jewel a Diamond has a number of other uses. A diamond is the hardest known naturally occurring material and this property making diamonds the ideal material for machine and cutting tools in a variety of industries.

Diamonds have high thermal conductivity, but negligible electrical conductivity. This combination is invaluable for electronics where the diamond is used as a heat sink for high-power laser diodes, laser arrays, and high-power transistors.

Diamond has potential uses as a semiconductor, and they have high carrier mobility, which is
favored for high-frequency operation. Diamonds are radiation hard and used as radiation detection devices.

These are just a few of the other uses of a Diamond. Lab Grown Diamonds are an ideal replacement to mined Diamonds in these industrial uses due to their identical chemical composition

DID YOU KNOW?

Diamonds were first grown in labs way back in the 1950’s. However, the resulting diamonds were too small and used only for industrial production.

Lab Grown Diamonds make Luxury Affordable

A lab-grown diamond is significantly cheaper than a similar quality natural diamond. The supply chain of a lab-grown diamond is much leaner leading to massive savings from the multiple markups, a fact that ails mined diamonds.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Although we are not sure how long it takes to make natural diamonds, growing diamonds in a lab is a relatively fast process and one carat of diamonds can be grown in three to four weeks
  • Nearly 70% of millennials are considering buying a lab grown alternative.
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