A sustainable diamond is a diamond alternative that is eco-friendly and conflict-free. It can be made by using lab-grown diamonds or by using other diamond alternatives (e.g., tombak, moissanite, cubic zirconia), and it can also be grown from natural resources such as clay and coal (as in the case of synthetic diamonds).
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they may not be your best friend if you care about the environment and human rights. The diamond trade is far from being a pure business. The industry contributes to the suffering of many people and animals. Fortunately, there are other options available to you—sustainable diamonds! These products are eco-friendly and conflict-free alternatives to mined diamonds that you can use instead of regular diamonds on special occasions or just any day at all.
What is a Sustainable Diamond?
Sustainable diamonds are eco-friendly and conflict-free. They're also real, natural, lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are grown in a controlled environment by placing a diamond seed into an oven and growing it over time. The result is a manmade stone that looks exactly like the real thing but doesn't require mining or harming animals or people to get it.
Other alternatives include:
Tombak—tombak is mined from Indonesia and Africa; while this is less damaging to the Earth than mining for other types of stones, tombak can still have environmental impacts such as soil erosion when mining takes place near rivers or lakes (it's best if you know where your tombak comes from).
Moissanite—Moissanites are lab grown more recently than tombaks and often come with certificates stating that they were never mined for commercial use; however, some people may still prefer traditional diamonds because these two types are chemically different (moissanites tend not to show up on infrared detectors)
Conflict Diamonds And Lab-Grown Diamonds
Conflicts diamonds (also called "blood diamonds") are mined under terrible conditions in developing countries. The diamond mines often involve child labor and forced labor, which means the people working there have no choice but to do so under horrible circumstances.
The lab-grown diamond is grown in a laboratory, not mined in the earth—and there's no conflict involved when you buy one. Lab-grown diamonds aren't even technically considered gemstones; they're actually synthetic crystals made from carbon atoms that form in a vacuum at high temperatures and pressure.
In addition to being conflict-free, lab-grown diamonds are also eco-friendly: because they don't require mining or digging up natural deposits of carbon, they emit fewer greenhouse gases than traditional gemstones do during their production process (which can take as long as three years).
Lab-grown diamonds are exactly what they sound like: diamonds that grow in a lab. They’re not as rare as natural diamonds and they don’t require the same amount of resources, making them a more environmentally friendly option than their mined counterparts. However, they do look identical to mined diamonds and have many of the same qualities as far as durability goes.
Natural diamonds were once thought to be the only option for an engagement ring or wedding band—until lab-grown ones came along!
Lab-grown diamonds look exactly like natural ones and can even be used in place of them if you can afford it (though you might want to check with your partner first before doing so). The process by which these stones are created is essentially quite simple: carbon atoms are placed under high pressure and temperature until they form into diamond crystals. Then, those crystals are melted down into small pellets that go straight into jewelry settings to create beautiful pieces just like any other gemstone would appear when mounted in metal settings such as gold or platinum!
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