Synthetic diamonds are the eco-friendly option for gemstones
Consumers have been making “natural”, “green”, and “organic” choices when it comes to shopping for years. Sometimes these choices are made simply based on a marketing angle from the distributor that may not actually be true about the product. Whether it’s to choose an electric vehicle over a gasoline one or something as simple as using a reusable shopping bag instead of getting all your items in plastic bags, we make decisions today to lead to better tomorrows.
For some reason, when it comes to diamond engagement rings, anniversary, and wedding rings, a lot of people put their good conscience to the side and account for the conflict and blood diamonds which are still sadly sold on the market today.
Diamonds are still a status symbol for many, and even though some of the hands that have been used to pluck these precious gemstones from the ground are the same hands that will never one day be able to wear a ring themselves because amputations are a common form of punishment and torture within the war-torn countries that are at the center of bloody fights for control of those profitable diamond mines.
Truth About Blood Diamonds Comes to Light
Global Witness is the first organization that truly brought to light the horrors that were occurring for decades in countries home to diamond mines. Activists demanded the diamond industry be brought under greater scrutiny and mandated the cessation of human rights abuses. More than a decade later, a lot of “clean-up” has been done in the industry, but it remains riddled with woes and human rights abuses still exist.
Greed and love of money exploits the diamond industry
Diamonds sell for high prices. People living where the diamonds come from remain dirt poor. Their land is home to all the wealth, yet they remain poor. Africans do not want Americans to buy those diamonds as they bring them nothing but misfortune, not blessings.
It’s 2020 and technology has been around for decades to grow authentic diamonds in the laboratory setting. Diamonds are grown in the lab-setting under purely ethical standards and processes. More so, because carbon is the substance that is actually turned into the diamond during the process, organic samples, such as hair or cremated ashes can actually be turned into authentic diamonds.
Science leads the way to more perfect diamonds
Not only do these types of diamonds come from an ethical source, they are also more perfect with fewer imperfections. Diamonds grown from either one of these methods start with the extraction of a pure carbon sample from either the hair or cremated ashes that’s been sent in. Following that initial step, the steps look a bit different for the two different diamond creation methods broke down for you below:
- High-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT): in this method, the pure carbon sample is combined with a diamond-growing foundation. Together, they are placed inside of an HPHT machine which creates an environment that mimics the natural conditions found deep within the earth’s mantle that are responsible for the creation of diamonds from carbon samples in nature. When exposed to these temperatures in excess of 2000o C and pressures in excess of 60,000 atmospheres, the sample grows into the crystalline structure of a diamond in the tetrahedral pattern. The sample of ashes remains inside of the machine for a period of six to 12 weeks approximately as it grows into the diamond in the correct size and color of the client’s specification. Heart in Diamond uses an HPHT machine, and you can read more about the process here.
- Chemical vapor deposition (CVD): in this method of diamond manufacturing, the pure carbon is sliced into a very small “seed” which is then placed into the chamber of a CVD machine. Inside, the sample is exposed to high temperatures around 800O C. Then, a mixture of gas which is rich in carbon (typically this is a methane and hydrogen mix) is also placed inside the chamber and reacts. The result is that carbon atoms deposit onto the diamond seed and form in the same tetrahedron pattern that comprises all diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds derived from either method come out more flawless than their mined counterparts. Science gives us the advantage to completely control the environment and create diamonds that are identical in terms of physical, chemical, and optical properties to diamonds which have been plucked from the ground. As a result, diamonds grown in the laboratory setting have fewer cracks, inclusions, scratches, and other imperfections.
Yes, you are hearing this correctly. Ethical diamonds grown from something very personal to you, such as a sample of hair or cremation ashes, are more perfect than mined diamonds and cost on average 30 percent less. Most important is the word “ethical”. You can buy a lab-grown diamond in 100 percent good conscious knowing that you are not contributing to the blood diamond industry that has struck the world with tragedy.
This post was sponsored by Heart in Diamond.