Lab Grown Diamonds

How the Environmental Impact of Mined Diamonds Leads to the Popularity of Lab-Grown Diamonds

Diamonds are the world’s oldest treasure, having formed over 3.3 billion years ago, 200km below the Earth’s surface. They have a strong cultural and social meaning. They are a sign of wealth and long lasting love. But the dark side is reckless diamond mining has taken a heavy toll on the planet earth. Irresponsible diamond mining has caused soil erosion, led to deforestation, and forced local populations to relocate.

Lab-Grown Diamonds

The type of mining employed can have a significant impact on the economic viability of the mine, and can ultimately determine if a diamond deposit can be developed or not.

There are four major types of diamond mining:

  • Open pit and underground mining
  • Coastal and inland alluvial mining
  • Marine mining
  • Informal diamond digging

The Environmental Impact of Diamond Mining

The diamond mining industry is not very sustainable when it comes to the environment. The most common and productive type of diamond mining, pipe mining, is a type of open-pit mining. It involves similar techniques and environmental stresses as other types of open pit mining, in which large amounts of rock and materials, called overburden, are removed to allow access to the diamonds. The noise of the explosives used to construct the mine and from pit operations combined with trucks bringing supplies and materials to and from the mine site would negatively impact wildlife behavior. Habitat for migratory birds will also be affected.

This is what is happening in some South African mines and it is a direct and unsustainable impact on the environment.

Why Opting for Lab-Grown Diamond is the Best Alternative

While mining diamonds requires diesel and dynamite, growing diamonds requires carbon and electricity. Because carbon is abundant and electricity can be sourced from renewable sources, lab-grown diamonds are sustainable and eco-friendly. The arrival of lab made diamonds has rocked the jewelry world to its core. These gems aren’t simulants or synthetic substitutes. Lab-created diamonds are optically, chemically, and physically identical to their Earth-mined counterparts. Because they actually consist of carbon atoms structures, lab grown diamonds display the same chemical and optical characteristics of a natural diamond crystal produced by the geological processes of Mother Nature.

The only thing that makes a lab-created diamond different from a natural diamond is its origin. A lab-created diamond is “grown” inside a lab using cutting-edge technology without severely polluting the environment.

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