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My girlfriend and I are going to get engaged and we’re all in doubts what to choose a natural diamond or a grown one. From the one hand  a natural diamond  is a great symbol and and a cult thing and a lab-created one is something artificial, something like fast food something from an incubator.

But from the other hand it’s safer, we’re eco-friendly, we recycle rubbish, prefer organic fair-trade products and so on. And diamond mining is not a very eco-friendly industry. More over, we can hardly be absolutely sure that the diamond from our rings won't not connected with blood and children labour.


So, what do you tnink about this?  May be there is some brand which can 100% guarantee noble origin of their diamonds free of blood and eco-friendly? There is too much info on the internet and at the same time very little.

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Your doubrs are sponsored by artificial diamons ads, which undermine the reputation of a natural diamond.  :ph34r:


I thought so too, and all my friends frightened me with blood diamonds, pollution and so on.

But one day I found the article and it made me change my mind  :lol:

Read it!) http://www.rough-polished.com/en/analytics/104673.html

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FWIW, energy requirements for producing a synthetic diamond and for mining a natural one are (or were, last time I read about it) fairly close - which is one of the reasons why prices of gem synthetics haven't gone much below prices of mined stones. Diamond mining also tends not to employ chemicals or highly polluting processes for separation/extraction/refining (unlike for example precious metal mining) - though of course the environmental impact of digging out a 2 km depth x 150 m diameter kimberlite pipe is not zero.


On the child and/or exploitative labour, two points:


1. You can buy Canadian diamonds - which do not come with any of the uncertainty one may associate to an African or Russian diamond (though they also come with a premium price!). Australian stones are also largely exempt from "exploitation" or "blood" taints, though as far as I know they aren't marketed directly, except for Argyle mine pink or red diamonds, but then you are looking at very expensive stones.


2. I am not sure that by not buying stones produced in developing countries you are actually helping those developing countries (and I mean everyone there, not just the owners of the mines).


(3. Despite everything that can be said about its shortcomings, the Kimberley process has actually been quite effective at preventing rough from battle zones in Africa from entering the commercial stream).


If you are really keen on "ecological features", there is nothing that imposes the use of a diamond for an engagement, and there are vendors out there that make claims about their use of "recycled" precious metals - or even use of much cheaper and common (and possibly greener) materials like stainless steel or wood in their jewelry.

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Just out of curiosity, how do you know that that factory in China is free from child labor?  It probably is, as is the mine in Canada, Australia, and even Botswana, but how do you KNOW with the 100% certainty that you're asking for?


The advertisers for the growers have set a standard that is both ridiculous and that their clients themselves can't meet.  Making things in a factory doesn't make them socially responsible,  It doesn't make them environmentally responsible.  There are problems with factories in both areas and with nearly every factory built product, as I'm sure you know.  If anything, the fact that the factories are moving from places like the US to places that are difficult to monitor like Indonesia, Russia and China is a bad sign on these issues, not a good one.  

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Please read this

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A nature diamond is a Masterpiece of Nature, which is rarely formed long long before the dinosaurs walking on earth...It tells a story of billions years existence . A lab grown diamond is just a soulles man made stone some weeks before. Even the buyers try to convince you those are "green". Those synthetic stones definitely have :wall: zero resale value!

You would have a look at this usefull link on the price of lab grown diamonds

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@VDK - please read this: http://www.diamondreview.com/misc/forumrules and specifically, the final sentence of rule #3.

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What does your girlfriend think? Does she want a ring with an original diamond or an artificial one?
My girlfriend is also environmentally friendly and I support her in this, but when I gave her an engagement ring with a real diamond, she didn't tell me anything and was very happy with the ring.
I understand it is easier to relate to this topic. And who wouldn't like engagement and engagement rings like

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With even more respect... but are you connected to either Tiffany or the other store?

If you are a genuine consumer, I think the community here would be delighted to hear about your experience at either place, posted in the appropriate forum, in your own thread and not as a response to a 4 year-old thread that the OP has not been following since October 2016. Posting links like this runs the risk of not being taken seriously, or even moderated.

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