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Natural vs Lab Grown - which is more sustainable with a more favourable carbon footprint?

The big debate in our sector is the Natural versus Lab Grown diamond issue and which is the more sustainable with the smaller carbon footprint.

On first look Lab Grown looks clean, manageable, better value, easy to control its provenance and so on. What's not immediately obvious is the enormous energy required to replicate what our planet does naturally, and that is, create diamond material naturally from the heat generated from the Earth's core.

Extracting these treasures from its natural state and then getting it to market is deemed too high a price to pay and that the Lab Grown option is better all round.  This is a false truth.

The livelihoods that the natural industry supports, impacts local communities far and wide; creating jobs, security and even education and health benefits that would otherwise not exist were it not for the diamond industry.  The huge energy drain needed to create one diamond synthetically, heating the diamond seed to 2,600°C (4,700°F) at pressures of more than 50,000 atmospheres, creates a huge carbon footprint.  The received wisdom says the following:

The estimated C02 emissions associated with laboratory grown diamonds are over three times greater than diamonds recovered by Diamond Producers Association members in 2016. While 160 kgs of C02 are emitted per polished carat of mined diamonds, it is small fry compared to the 511kgs of C02 for a lab-grown diamond.  So that's over 300% more C02 emmissions.

Don't just take our word for what's written here.  Please click here and hear what Dr Saleem Ali, a member of the UN Environment's International Resource Panel has to say on this topic (Dr Ali is also a Professor of Energy and the Environment at Delaware University's College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment).

Let's start the debate with the facts.  Please email your thoughts to us here.

Want to follow the latest engagement ring trends? Never fear HD is here to help…

According to PureWow, that purports to be the arbiter of trends and fashion over the water (a little to the west of us, from that small isle called America), the images shown in this article are an indication of the kind of rings that people 'in the know' are currently designing, buying and asking for, even as you read this. By sharing with you, hopefully it will help your business remain ahead of the pack?  Well, we certainly hope so!!!

If you want to emulate these creations, please call us and we will do what we can to make it happen for you...

To fluoresce or not to fluoresce, that is the question?

A large swathe of the (luxury?) jewellery industry has a negative view of fluorescence, when it comes to a diamond's specification.  It is true, that sometimes, fluorescence can cause a diamond to look milky or cloudy, but that's not always the case.  I know of at least one highly respected jewellery craftsman in London, who, when he spots faint fluorescence on a diamond's certificate, feel's that it adds to its allure and scintillation, and will lean towards recommending it to his clients, over a non fluorescent option.  

All diamond grading is subjective, its one diamond grader's opinion over another.  The same can also be said as to how fluorescence impacts a diamond's attractiveness.

 A recent piece spotted in Vogue magazine features Cora Sheibani's Glow range where fluorescence is seen as being an extremely desirable proposition.

The diamond pictured above is a 2.53ct D IF Marquise that shimmers under UV light, as it has strong blue florescence; which is why it is called the Disco Ring!  As you can see, it is surrounded by serpent scale-like Burmese "Jedi" spinels, so-called for their unique glow. It is perhaps no coincidence that they also glow a lightsaber-red.

If you're curious to see similar diamonds for a range you'd like to create for your business, then please get in touch.  We'd love to hear from you!

The Oscars have been and gone - but who won the diamond stakes?

We're featuring the best of the best of this year's diamond Oscars! Which pieces do you think deserve their gold statue: Gaga's magnificent 128.54ct yellow; or Helen Mirren's more understated but stunning white diamond necklace; or Laura Harrier's (Spider Man) more eclectic emerald, rubellite and diamond option?

Let us know.  Meanwhile enjoy the show...

De Beers strategy of selling lab grown, seems to be paying off…

The latest news from the Reuters news desk shows that De Beers' move to sell lab grown diamonds was a wise one.  The Chinese have been getting involved too, which has added to the market's complexity.  

Currently, with De Beers aiming to control matters, they've manage to keep lab grown prices low, steering them well away from the market of naturals.  So it seems the strategy was prescient, for now anyhow; controlling the prices and market of the synthetics, to protect the special nature and pricing structure of natural diamonds.  That's where De Beers have planted their mast and the flag is flying with a strong and stable wind.

To learn more about developments, you can read about it here.  We'll keep you in the picture as news develops further.  But for now, its all speed ahead!

How to get the most out of your retail employees…

If you're connected on LinkedIn you might have already seen this?  If you haven't its well worth a look, for inspiration on how to get the most from your sales team on the shop floor.  Please click here to find out more...