Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Turning Down the Demand of Real Diamonds?
You have never thought of having or wearing diamonds is not possible. Have you ever wondered how your engagement ring will be like (if you are still not engaged)? Or are you thinking to purchase a pair of ear studs as a self-gift on your 21st birthday?
Well, whether it is an engagement ring or a pair of earrings, you are likely to think about diamonds to adorn your jewellery pieces. Undoubtedly, diamonds are considered the zenith of the jewellery world. Of course, there are pearls and other coloured gemstones to make a jewellery item stand out. But very few things can compete with the sparkle of diamonds.
However, you all must be aware that how diamonds are retrieved from under the Earth’s surface. The majority of diamonds available to date were formed within the Earth’s crust more than 3 billion years ago under intense pressure and heat. The extraction process involves several steps and needs intense labour before the stone comes into our hands. Despite this, diamond miners globally earn lesser than their efforts they bestow each day.
Now, the interesting fact is that natural diamonds today has stiff competition from lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are an affordable and alternative option to expensive natural diamonds. So are lab-grown diamonds turning down the demand for natural diamonds? Let’s find out the truth below.
Delving into the Truth of Diamond Industry
Lab-grown diamonds are created in a controlled environment by humans. However, you cannot spot any apparent differences between a lab-made diamond and the natural one aesthetically and physically. It does not require back-breaking labour or the massive time to make a diamond in laboratories. And more significantly, lab-grown diamonds are a lot more economical.
Well, the cultured diamond world is having plenty of misconceptions. In an interview with the founder of the jewellery company Lark & Berry based in London, Laura Chavez said that many people opt for cultured diamonds as soon as they are apprehending all the advantages.
Scientists create cultured diamonds in labs using heat and pressure. They replicate the entire way by which diamonds form under Earth’s crust. Even after the diamonds are formed, scientists in labs execute the techniques by which uncut diamonds are cut and polished to render a shape that is found in diamond jewellery.
Laura Chavez prefers the ‘cultured diamonds’ term as they are like cultured pearls that are grown to be used in jewellery. People once have imagined sourcing 100% natural diamonds without digging up massive holes, displacing land and wildlife, and without increasing land, air or water pollution. While the world has advanced technologically, all imaginations have become a reality today. No longer will you need to put a person’s life at risk to extract diamonds from under the Earth’s surface. According to Laura Chavez, the sooner people globally accept and support this change, the better our Earth and its inhabitants will be.
Making of ‘Cultured Diamonds’
Today, diamonds are even grown with 100% renewable energy. Gradually, the top laboratories are turning to be carbon neutral in manufacturing their stones. And this sustainability level is undeniably superior, keeping in mind our planet’s well-being. Just imagine the authentic way to extract diamonds.
You have to explore new land and dig holes using polluting equipment, thereby doing permanent damages to the place. More significantly, miners put their life at risks to extract a diamond.
Laura Chavez was always fond of diamond jewellery. But she never purchased anything with diamonds because the stone’s mining process bothered her significantly. Lark & Berry was the first cultured diamonds’ brand that featured itself at Met Gala. Many celebrities also wore them on the red carpet at Oscars, AMFAR and more.
The company even earned the title ‘Great British Brands of 2020’. According to Chavez, people can discern that cultured diamonds are also diamonds, and they are pretty the same as those mined. The brand’s customers are happy with cultured diamonds, and engagement ring sales increased 1,000%. More and more customers are opting for lab-grown diamonds, who are realising that these stones do not cost the Earth or them more.
However, the fact is that cultured diamonds producers face resistance from the mined diamond industry. It is not surprising as they would indeed want to keep selling the gems they have been extracting from Earth’s crust. But people recognise the undeniable benefits of cultured diamonds over the mined ones. Eventually, popular mining companies have today begun making their own diamonds to sell to customers.