Wearing Ethics: The Social Responsibility of Choosing Lab-Grown Diamond Jewellery

In this article experts at Itara Jewellery have shared why it is a social responsibility to choose lab grown diamonds over natural diamonds.

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Published On: Sep, 16, 2023 | 02:26 PM
Wearing Ethics: The Social Responsibility of Choosing Lab-Grown Diamond Jewellery

The diamond industry has long been synonymous with opulence and glamour. Yet, beneath this shimmering facade, a darker reality prevailed—diamond trade and mining often funded conflicts, crimes, and harmed the environment. In the early 2000s, this pressing issue gained global attention, prompting the United Nations to launch the ‘Kimberley Process Certification Scheme’ (KPCS) in 2003. Its goal was to eradicate conflict diamonds from the diamond supply chain. Over time, the KPCS achieved remarkable success, reducing conflict-trade from 15% in 2003 to less than 1% today, thanks to the participation of 85 countries worldwide. However, the KPCS has faced criticism for not adapting to evolving challenges.

Today, ‘conflict diamonds’ extend beyond rebel groups to encompass state entities involved in civil and human rights abuses. Furthermore, it doesn’t address issues like fair pay, child labour, poor working conditions, and safety regulations, leading some to question its effectiveness as a comprehensive solution.

To address these gaps, private initiatives such as the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Development Initiative emerged. They focus on ethical mining, emphasising the well-being of workers and communities while championing transparency. In this context, lab-grown diamonds shine as a sustainable and ethical alternative to mined diamonds. Created in controlled laboratory environments that mimic natural diamond formation, they possess identical chemical and physical properties, indistinguishable to the naked eye. The crucial difference lies in their production process, free from environmental harm and unethical labour practices.

Lab-grown diamonds epitomise environmental sustainability. Unlike traditional diamond mining, which involves extensive earth removal, substantial water and energy consumption, and habitat destruction, lab-grown diamonds are created with minimal environmental impact. They use minimal energy and water, leaving no environmental harm or pollution. Beyond their exquisite beauty, lab-grown diamonds symbolise a commitment to ethical consumerism and a more responsible jewellery industry. By choosing lab-grown diamonds, consumers embrace a sustainable and ethical future while addressing the ethical and environmental concerns associated with traditional diamond mining.

At Itara Jewellery, we take immense pride in our lab-grown diamonds and our customers who join us on this journey. Lab-grown diamonds represent more than just adornment; they signify a path toward responsible consumerism and a brighter, more ethical future for the jewellery industry and our planet.

Written By: Itara Jewellery

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