5 Ethically and Environmentally Friendly Lab Diamonds
If you’re looking for ethically sourced, environmentally friendly diamonds, lab diamonds London Manchester are the perfect solution. They’re chemically and physically identical to mined diamonds and come with a significantly lower price tag.
Lab diamonds are grown in two ways – HPHT and CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition). In both methods a “seed” of carbon is placed in a chamber filled with various gases or carbon materials, heated to high temperatures and then grew into a diamond.
Clean Origin is a lab diamond jewelry store that was founded in 2017 and is backed by a team of diamond industry veterans. They focus on providing high-quality, ethically-sourced diamonds that are conflict free.
The company also offers a 100-day return policy, the most generous we have seen among online diamond retailers. Their friendly and helpful customer service is unlike anything you may have experienced with a physical jeweler.
You can shop their selection of loose diamonds or add them to one of their ring settings, which include solitaire, vintage, halo, classic, three-stone, and pave. Prices start at $525 for a simple solitaire.
They offer a number of discounts for government, military, nurses, responders, and students. There’s also an option to get a 6-12-18-24 month financing plan with Affirm. This is especially useful if you’re on a tight budget.
Vrai is a leading Man made diamonds Perth company that distills diamonds from carbon atomized in a plasma reactor and grows them into jewelry-grade gems. Backed by large investors, this digital-first direct-to-consumer brand is expanding its footprint both online and in bricks and mortar showrooms.
VRAI created lab-grown diamonds are chemically identical to mined diamonds, and their optical, physical and chemical properties are identical as well. They are also a more sustainable choice in an industry historically dominated by mined diamonds.
While a VRAI created lab-grown diamond costs more than a mined diamond, it is worth the extra price as part of what makes it an ethical and sustainable choice over mined diamonds. The cost of a lab-grown diamond is based on the price of the diamond plus a fee to cover its manufacturing and logistics.
The average cost of a 1 carat lab-grown diamond (excluding all other “Cs”) is $2,000. However, the price will vary greatly depending on cut, color, and clarity.
Lark & Berry
Located on George Street, just north of Hatton Garden, Lark & Berry is the UK’s first shop to sell lab-grown diamonds exclusively. Founded in 2018 by Laura Chavez, Lark & Berry aims to create good quality jewellery at an affordable price that is ethical and environmentally friendly.
The brand designs timeless, yet cool collections that are inspired by nature and the art of the world around us. As a sustainability-driven pioneer since its launch in 2018, Lark & Berry never uses mined diamonds instead it cultures all its gemstones to ensure the earth remains untouched and unharmed.
The brand is fast becoming a go-to brand for the most exquisite statement-making, ethical pieces of jewellery on a more realistic budget. Their range is a great choice for anyone looking for a stunning diamond ring without breaking the bank, and they offer an on-demand design service to help you find the perfect match.
When Kimai’s founders Jessica Warch and Sidney Chesham moved to London, they were keen to start a business that was ethically sourced. They decided to use lab diamonds in their designs and now sell them globally, including at Selfridges and Browns in London.
The diamonds are identical to mined ones physically, chemically and optically – they just happen to be grown instead of formed billions of years ago. The process can take one to four weeks and costs just a third of that of mined diamonds.
Launched in November 2018, the company has a team of 20 and opened its first store this year on affluent Chiltern Street, which is neighbours to Andre Balazs’ luxury hotel and Casely-Hayford.
The Kimai app is a time tracking app that records work hours and prints out a summary of your activities on demand. It’s free and open source and a great tool for companies that want to track work hours and generate reports.