9 Facts About Man Made Diamonds (via MiaDonna)Are you planning on getting engaged this holiday season? We all know mined diamonds are ridiculously overpriced and often come at a great expense to the environment and humanity. The exciting news is you now have an ethical and affordable choice. As a leader and pioneer of the man-made diamond industry, MiaDonna works closely with the world’s biggest and most respected diamond growers, cutters and engineers to bring you exceptional quality man made diamonds created in a modern-day lab environment. Also known as lab-grown diamonds or lab-created diamonds, man-made diamonds are 100% real diamonds with exceptional fire, scintillation, and sparkle.MiaDonna’s man made diamonds are available in a variety of cuts, colors, clarities, and sizes perfect to fit anyone’s style. You can finally have ease of mind when it comes to shopping for beautiful and ethical diamond engagement rings knowing that your product is free of any human or environmental abuse. If you’re still not convinced, here are 9 must-read facts about man-made diamonds to help you make the ethical switch!
The Largest Grown-in-the-USA DiamondLast year, MiaDonna unveiled the largest laboratory-grown-in-the-USA diamond. The 6.28 carat grown diamond is a cushion cut, J-Color, VS2-Clarity and costs $52,000. An equivalent mined diamond costs about $100,000. When MiaDonna was founded in 2005 the technology to grow diamonds was still in its infancy, and they could only grow diamonds to about 0.25 carats and yellow in color. This 6.28 carat man-made diamond represents a true technological breakthrough.
Man-made diamonds are not simulants! Simulant is defined as a material or chemical created to imitate a natural product. Examples include moissanite and cubic zirconium (CZ). These products are created to imitate the beauty of diamonds, however, they have no carbon properties. Man-made diamonds are 100% crystallized carbon and are identical to earth-mined diamonds.
There is no difference between earth-mined and lab-grown diamonds.Lab-grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds in every way. According to the Gemological Institute of America, lab-grown diamonds are indistinguishable from earth-mined diamonds, even under a microscopeJust like ice from your freezer is as real as the ice from a glacier, MiaDonna’s grown diamonds are real diamonds. The only difference is their origin. Grown above the Earth, these man-made diamonds are more beautiful, ethical and affordable than anything you’ll find in nature.
The Purest Form of DiamondWith major technological advances over recent years, man-made diamonds are now being grown superior to anything we will ever get out of the Earth. According to MiaDonna CEO, Anna-Mieke Anderson, every MiaDonna lab-grown diamond is Type IIa, meaning they are the purest form of diamond available. As such, they are harder and more brilliant than a traditional Type Ia diamond. Only 2% of earth-mined diamonds will ever reach this level of perfection.
Guaranteed Conflict-FreeEvery man-made diamond from MiaDonna is guaranteed conflict-free and sourced from first-world countries where they are grown, treated and cut in controlled modern-day laboratories.The mining industry has a long history of worker’s and human rights violations and while there have been reforms, blood diamond conflicts between rebel groups still continue. Over the last decade, it is estimated that 60 million carats of blood diamonds have hit the international market and are now being purchased by unassuming consumers. Unfortunately, these consumers do not know the origin of the diamonds they are buying and if their diamond has a history of human rights abuses. Only one in 10 diamonds can be traced back to their origin and there is no scientific or technical way to tell where diamonds came from once they are cut. Unlike earth-mined diamonds, every single MiaDonna grown diamond has a traceable origin. They are truly the only eco-conscious, conflict-free and affordable option for consumers concerned about the origin of their diamond.
Man-made diamonds are eco-friendly. By choosing a grown diamond versus an earth-mined diamond, you’re reducing the harmful impact mining has on the environment and native communities. The diamond mining process involves carving out huge craters of land, which causes irreversible damage to fragile ecosystems and wild-habitats. Growing a diamonds has seven times less the environmental impact compared to mining diamonds.
Quality and Variety Man-made diamonds are graded the same way and at the same world-renowned labs that certify earth-mined diamonds. MiaDonna’s collection of lab-grown diamonds is available up to IF (internally flawless) in clarity, D in color, Excellent in cut, a whopping 10 carats in size, and cost up to 40% less than an equivalent mined option.
Man-made diamonds make a difference.
MiaDonna is on a mission to end human suffering and environmental destruction – the direct result of mining and the conflict diamond trade. Unlike earth-mined diamond industry executives who simply talk about ending the conflict diamond trade and aiding the victims of it, MiaDonna is actually taking action.Five percent of profits from every MiaDonna purchase is donated to the Greener Diamond Foundation, which funds projects to empower children orphaned and abandoned due to the unethical harvesting and trading of conflict diamonds.
Man-Made Diamonds, the Right Choice for the Ethical BrideWe believe that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethical values when it comes to shopping for the perfect engagement ring. It is important to know how your ring is sourced and the only true way to know that your diamond is conflict-free is by purchasing man-made diamonds, also known as lab-grown diamonds. MiaDonna, a leading sustainable bridal jewelry company based in Portland, Oregon, offers a striking selection of conflict-free diamonds that come free of any negative environmental or social impacts. If your knowledge of lab-grown diamonds is a bit fuzzy, not to worry, we’re here to break it down for you. What are they?They are 100% REAL diamonds. By replicating the Earth’s natural growing process in a controlled laboratory environment, MiaDonna is able to create pure carbon diamonds that are optically, physically and chemically identical to earth-mined diamonds. They are then graded by the same world leading gemological institutes that grade natural diamonds, making them the perfect choice for those who want to know the origin of their stone. How are they made?MiaDonna works closely with the world’s biggest and most respected diamond growers, cutters and engineers to bring you exceptional quality man made diamonds, created in a modern-day lab environment. The process starts by placing a diamond seed into a Chemical Vapor Deposition chamber. It is there where hydrogen and methane gases combine in a high temperature and low-pressure environment, thus allowing the carbon atoms within the gas to separate. These carbon atoms then rain onto a diamond substrate building layers of rough diamond crystal. Within six to ten weeks, a rough Type IIa diamond matures and is then cut, polished and graded.What impact do they have on the Earth?Man-made diamonds have a significantly minimal environmental impact compared to natural diamonds. The following infographic illustrates the effects each have on land excavation, carbon emissions and water usage.Why Choose MiaDonna?MiaDonna’s conflict-free diamonds are available in a variety of cuts, colors, clarities, and sizes perfect to fit anyone’s style. You can finally have ease of mind when it comes to shopping for beautiful and ethical diamond jewelry knowing that your product is free of any human or environmental abuse. MiaDonna’s lab-grown diamonds are also affordable costing up to 40% less than their earth-mined counterparts. By choosing MiaDonna, you are an ethical shopper and an advocate for diamond-mining communities. For every purchase made, MiaDonna funds agricultural projects in West African diamond-mining communities through their foundation, The Greener Diamond. What do they look like?Here are some of our favorite MiaDonna engagement rings set with man made diamonds! Click here to shop for your perfect, conflict-free ring!Drew Engagement RingStarting at $808Heroine Accented Wedding SetStarting at $2,386Cindy Accented Wedding SetStarting at $2,185Novu Engagement RingStarting at $1,046Tracie Solitaire Engagement RingStarting at $467For more amazing MiaDonna engagement ring inspiration and man-made diamond knowledge, visit MiaDonna’s website today!
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