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Diamonds have been popular for centuries, but more recently buyers have started to seriously question the impact they have. Natural diamonds have to be mined and this severely damages the local eco-system and often exploits child labour in the process. The good news is that investing in ethical and eco-friendly diamond rings and other jewellery has grown in popularity. The market has opened up to offer consumers jewellery produced in a less detrimental fashion. Read our short guide to find out more.

What is an Ethical Diamond?

The usual activity of mining for diamonds is a process that can aid the destruction of rivers, natural ecosystems and because it uses explosives, leave large holes in the land.

In contrast, ethical jewellery is when you are able to source their origin and a jeweller can ensure the diamonds and gems have been exported in a conflict-free way. This means producers have to adhere to the positive practice of using synthetic diamonds, fair-trade materials, and providing fair wages and working hours.

What is a Cultured Diamond?

The best way to avoid purchasing unethical diamonds is to choose lab-created diamonds, often called 'cultured,', 'synthetic', or 'man-made' diamonds. These are ‘grown’ inside a laboratory by reproducing natural diamond sourcing with cutting edge technology. This type of eco-diamond is created through sustainable and responsible methods so that the impact on the earth is as minimal as possible. Lab diamonds are almost identical to natural diamonds in terms of physical, chemical and optical qualities but are created in weeks rather than millions of years.

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