- 4 years ago
I noticed there is a lot of misconceptions about lab diamonds. I don’t believe alot of people are educated about the subject and are clearly misinformed. This post is to provide that missing education and bring to light some perhaps thoughts of consideration – heads up its a bit of a angry (but educational) vent/rage.
WHAT IS A DIAMOND: a diamond is a particular chemical structure/lattice that originated from a single carbon atom. It is formed under centuries of immense heat and pressure in the earth under millions of tonnes of soil. In its natural state, it looks like a milky stone, and after it has been cut it looks like what you would see in a store. It is the worlds hardest substance, a measure of this is the mohs scale ranging from 1 (soft) to 10 (extremely hard) – diamonds are a 10.
NATURAL DIAMONDS involves large scale infrastructures to build the mines, removal of millions of tonnes of earth. Most people claim that their diamonds are “ethically” sourced, exactly what does this mean? Does it mean you didn’t buy it from an underdeveloped country where human rights are abused? (ie Africa or India) does it mean it didn’t require the removal of millions of tonnes of earth and used “clean energy” to create it? The process of mining a natural diamond has a huge environmental footprint, it requires tonnes of soil, carbon dioxide, and water. Even if working conditions are OK for the worker, it is still a determent to the environment.
LAB DIAMONDS, similar to natural diamonds start with a carbon atom, and are made under intense heat and pressure. The process is exactly the same but done in a lab, with minimal carbon footprint and results in exactly the same chemical structure and properties as a natural diamonds. The only difference is the physical process, but the chemical process is the same. No one died making this diamond, it didn’t require tonnes of carbon, water and soil, it was simply made with a guy in a lab coat.
MOSSIANTE is also made out of carbon but from a meteriorite. Because this substance is not naturally occurring in nature (it came from space) it needs to be made in a lab. Although it is made from carbon like a diamond, it is not the same chemical structure. Hence it is not a diamond. It has a 9.5/10 on hardness scale, a higher refractive index (more sparkle) and is more ethical and affordable than a natural diamond.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA does not have the same chemical structure as a diamond and is not made out of carbon. It is very affordable but tends to get cloudy overtime but hey, why not upgrade it every year if it’s that affordable.
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT BUY A NATURALLY MINED DIAMOND:
1. It is NOT ethical – again even if working conditions are OK for the worker, it is not environmentally friendly. So unless you don’t believe in global warming, you should not buy it
2. Its expensive. Too expensive. Do you really want to start off your marriage that way? With divorce rates nearly 50%, why would you buy such an expensive purchase? That money could go towards your mortgage, your children, your children’s future education or even your sanity – ie taking a break off work. I often wondered why marriages break down and I believe it’s because we start off on the wrong foot. We buy something out of our budget, buying into peer pressure and marketing, buying something that caused so much harm to the environment. If you believe in karma, then why start off with something that has bad karma attached to it? If we can’t afford something then Why can’t we just be authentic to ourselves and not overspend?
3. BUT IT’S RESELL VALUE IS BETTER – why would you buy something so expensive with the thought and intention of selling it in the near future? Are you already unhappy with your purchase that your already thinking of exchanging it? Here’s a thought, the resell value is high because there is a demand for it. But people like me don’t want your diamond, so what happens if people decide they don’t want to pay for your diamond because it’s unethical?
4. BUT IT’S A FAMILY HEIRLOOM – I thought you were just thinking about reselling it?
5. Because a marriage is not about a diamond. It’s not about a rock, a ring, a big wedding, or a big party. It’s not about social status, or proving to the world you love each other. It’s about us. It starts and ends with us. It’s about everlasting love and commitment and you don’t need a diamond to validate your relationship.
If you are going to purchase a natural diamond irrespective of my above points then please reconsider. Your actions have an impact on this world, and your marriage should not start off buying something that is out of your budget, causes harm to the environment and infringes on human rights. Be thoughtful in your decisions, and don’t buy into marketing and sales tactics. Do your research and understand that a marriage is about love, so wouldnt you want your purchase decisions to reflect that?