People change and evolve throughout a marriage, and your current wedding ring may not reflect the person you’ve become. It might even be time to revamp your ring. Perhaps a bigger diamond, a new shape, or a whole new setting!
One way to do so without breaking the bank or compromising your principles is to consider a lab created diamond. Let’s face it, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but buying one can be an ethically fraught minefield.
So what is a lab created diamond? Is it the same as a “real diamond?” you might wonder.
The short answer is yes! Lab diamonds are, as the name suggests, grown in a lab rather than mined from the Earth. Also known as lab grown or man-made diamonds, these diamonds are the real deal. They are chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown beneath the Earth’s surface. In fact, even gemmologists can’t tell the difference without high tech equipment.
Here are some compelling reasons to consider man made diamonds.
Four reasons to consider lab created diamonds for your ring upgrade
Did you know that mined diamonds result in one injury for every 1,000 workers annually, while lab-grown diamonds result in zero. If you are looking for a conflict-free diamond, where you can be 100% sure that it was created without funding conflict or causing violence to communities and families in far-flung places, then you need to consider lab grown diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are a great protest against so-called “blood diamonds.”
Lab grown diamonds are up to 40% less expensive than mined stones. What a great reason to update an engagement or wedding ring! Traditionally mined diamonds not only carry the whiff of conflict, but they must also travel through miles of supply chains before they arrive on your finger raising the cost significantly. Lab grown diamonds face none of the barriers of mined diamonds so you can save money or put savings towards a higher quality diamond or setting.
Not so fun fact: For every carat of diamond mined, nearly 100 square feet of land is disturbed and almost 6,000 pounds of mineral waste is created. It takes less energy and fewer resources to grow a diamond inside a lab than it does to dig it up from the ground. As a result, lab created diamonds are significantly less detrimental to the environment. Couples today can purchase a diamond that is 100%, chemically and physically identical to a mined diamond, but without the negative impacts on the environment. Amazing!
Diamonds that are lab grown don’t have to travel the distances and jump through the legal hoops of mined diamonds. This means getting the exact shape, cut, carat, clarity, and colour you want is at your fingertips. Think round, emerald, pear, heart, radiant, princess, asscher, oval, cushion or marquise. Will it be modern, classic or personal? The engagement ring style options are endless!
Just one question remains? Which will it be?
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).