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Consumers today are considering the environmental impact each of their purchases have. This also includes their jewelry purchases, which is why lab grown, or “created” diamonds are more popular than ever.
Lab grown diamonds have the same mineral makeup as mined diamonds, but how does their impact on the environment differ? Read on to find out if lab grown diamonds are better for the environment.
Lab Grown Diamonds Use Less Water
Yes – mining requires water. In fact, it takes an average of 126 gallons of water to mine one carat. On the contrary, lab grown diamonds only require 18 gallons of water per carat. Furthermore, mines release wastewater and pollutants, contaminating the groundwater nearby.
Created Diamonds Require Less Energy
Mining requires explosives and heavy machinery to dig deep into the earth. This all requires a large quantity of non-renewable power. Mined diamonds require more than twice the amount of energy than lab-grown diamonds. Renewable energy can be used when creating diamonds. Overall, the energy consumption of a grown gem is much lower.
Air Emissions are Staggeringly Lower for Created Diamonds
A mined stone creates 125 pounds of carbon emissions per carat. In comparison, a lab grown diamond only creates about 6 pounds of carbon emissions.
A mined stone releases around 30 pounds of Sulphur oxide while created diamonds release none. All in all – mined diamonds release approximately 1.5 Billion time more emissions than the lab grown variety. You read that right – billion – with a ‘B.’
Land Usage for Lab Grown Diamonds is Much More Sustainable
Mining results in some pretty significant land consumption. Every carat of diamond mined requires approximately 100 square feet of land, compared to the .07 square feet of land used for their lab grown counterparts. Mined stones also result in almost 6,000 pounds of mineral waste created. Created diamonds create no mineral waste.
On top of that, when an area is done being mined, the land is often left behind as is. This disrupts the ecosystem of the area and results in it often becoming a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitos.
Lab Grown Diamonds are Safer for People
Mines can be very dangerous for the people working in them. They also pose a wide variety of health-risks for miners. Lab grown diamonds do not carry these risks.
From water usage to emissions, lab grown stones are the sustainable option. Combine this with the lower price tag, and the high-quality you can expect from a created diamond, these stones are a wonderful option for the eco-conscious jewelry customer.
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