Diamonds have long held their position as one of the world’s most precious gemstones. They have long been the go-to stone for wedding bands, engagement rings, and high-quality jewellery and commodities.
Consumers and jewellery shoppers are becoming more and more interested – no, demanding about knowing the origins of their products, and the production of ethical diamonds is on the rise.
What are ethically sourced diamonds?
What are conflict-free diamonds?
With any highly sought after and valuable resource, acts of violence and terrorism aren’t far away. So when we talk about conflict-free diamonds, these are diamonds that are mined in an area which is free from any kind of ‘blood issues’ caused through terrorism or terror-related crimes.
The good news? It is pretty much impossible to buy or trade these kinds of diamonds due to the very strict protocols and practices in place within the diamond industry.
How can you ensure diamonds are being ethically sourced?
Most jewellers, including us here at Windfall, have taken preventative measures to ensure that their diamonds are ethically sourced, valued and delivered by working with reputable suppliers.
At Windfall, we take sustainability seriously, which is why we work with ethically sourced diamonds, as well as lab created alternatives, heirloom, antique and recycled diamonds, to ensure that there is something for everyone.
If you’ve got your heart set on a diamond but want to ensure it’s an ethical choice or don’t have the budget for one, here’s some diamond alternatives to seek out.
Recycled diamonds are a popular sustainable choice for engagement rings. These are diamonds that are previously owned and have been reintroduced to the diamond industry’s supply chain.
The best part? They have zero environmental and social impact, but it’s always best to check with a reputable vendor before purchase. We can source these for you or if you have an heirloom jewellery piece passed down from your family that features a diamond you’d like to re-use, we can do that and recreate a new heirloom piece.
Not to be confused with Moissanite, lab created diamonds are actually real diamonds that are both chemically and optically the same as diamonds created by mother nature. In fact, many gemologists have real trouble distinguishing between the two. Their only real difference is how they are born: lab-created diamonds are grown in a controlled lab environment over a series of week, rather than naturally forming over millions of years in the Earth’s crust. Both share a hardness rating of 10 on the Mohs scale, and both are graded based on the 4 c’s: colour, clarity, cut and carat.
Lab grown diamonds are less expensive than their natural diamond siblings despite being equivalent in colour, cut, clarity and carat size. However, they are still considered a premium valuable stone and are therefore much closer to diamond prices than moissanite, which are only a fraction of the cost.
Why choose lab-created diamonds?
You may consider natural diamonds because let’s face it, they’re beautiful. Plus, having a little piece of mother nature to call your own – all while knowing that the stunning rock was created all by the wonders poured into mother nature herself –is rather enchanting. Some people also prefer the natural energy within these diamonds, which cannot be found in lab-created diamonds.
Finally, lab grown diamonds aren’t far off the price of naturals in many instances, so you may just decide, why not the real natural deal?
Buying the diamond that feels right for you
At the end of the day, ‘diamonds are forever’, so it’s important to choose and buy the diamond that feels right for you and your partner. Ethical, conflict-free, lab grown, antique or recycled – there are so many options out there.
We recognise growing consumer consciousness around large scale diamond mining and are proud to offer an alternative as part of our range.
You may consider lab grown diamonds if you would prefer them for ethical reasons. Even though we of course only use conflict-free and ethically sourced diamonds, some clients do not want to contribute money towards the mining industry as a whole.
If you’re after a lab or natural white diamond, we can do this in any of our styles or a complete custom design for you. Contact us for more information or come in for a consultation and we can get the ball rolling on sourcing your desired stone.