John Platt, October 24, 2011
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but getting them out of the ground isn't too friendly to old Mother Earth.
Not only do diamonds help fund wars around the world, their production creates terrible environmental problems. Strip mining, dangerous chemicals, toxic runoff, exploitation of local workers... these are just a few of the hidden costs linked to most diamonds on the market today.
But there is a solution, one that will not only offer environmental benefits but also save you a fair amount of green: man-made, lab-grown diamonds.
Man-made diamonds are basically indistinguishable from "natural" diamonds, and in many cases are actually brighter, clearer and purer. Since they are made in a laboratory, where conditions are tightly controlled, there are no toxic chemicals released into the environment. Workers aren't exploited. Diamonds created here in the U.S. don't need to be shipped around the world to get to you, saving tons of carbon emissions. Little to no waste is created in the process.
Because of these many positive factors, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars by buying man-made diamonds, all while doing good for the environment.
One place to start looking is Diamond Nexus Labs, a pioneer in lab-grown diamonds. They offer a wide array of environmentally friendly jewelry, all of which is significantly cheaper than you'll find at your local retailer. You can find quite a few other companies making and selling lab-grown diamonds by using "man-made diamonds" in your favorite search engine.
By the way, lab-grown diamonds are also of great importance in non-jewelry, commercial applications, where they can be used in industrial tools, computer chips and other applications.
So skip the Macy's ad this holiday season (no offense to Macy's), and do a little searching for an eco-friendly diamond. Your beloved (no, not her, the Earth) will thank you for it.