Lab-grown diamonds are a wonderful alternative to mined stones! They are affordable, aren't mined, and you can get a much higher quality stone for your budget than you would with a mined stone.
In 2015 the world’s largest diamond mining companies, including De Beers, Alrosa and Rio Tinto, started the Diamond Producers Association because the lab-growing industry has taken away business from their monopolies on the diamond supply and presented serious competition. De Beers themselves have even started their own lab-growing enterprise to compete, branded as "Lightbox" in an effort to control the market further.
The Diamond Producers Association has put out lots of different icky marketing campaigns that push slogans like "Real is rare. Real is a diamond." and "only natural diamonds" in an effort to market mined diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds and earth-grown diamonds are chemically identical so the choice really comes down to you. And there are pros and cons to either choice. We are very aware of the possibility of financial mobility that comes to small mining communities when they are able to continue mining. And we are consistently doing more research on how we can work with artisanal miners directly to support these family businesses. One big worry with lab-grown stones is the amount of energy they take to produce. If a lab-grown stone is produced using fossil fuels it's not exactly the most environmentally friendly choice.
We are constantly striving to provide you with the highest quality, most ethical, and most environmentally friendly options when buying a ring and we are so excited to announce that we have found a lab-grown diamond supplier that is the first certified carbon-neutral lab-grown diamond producer in the world. Diamond Foundry's stones are sustainably grown in America in a foundry completely powered by hydropower.
You can pick out your very own sustainable lab-grown diamond now from our eco collection! Check it out here!