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Lab-grown diamonds are laboratory made diamonds that were grown by scientists in a lab. Lab-grown diamonds are optically identical to those that are mined, they share the same chemical composition, both consisting of pure carbon in a cubic crystalline form. They have the same sparkle, clarity, and aesthetic of earth mined diamonds.
The difference between mined and Lab-grown Diamonds is where they are grown. Mined diamonds grow below the surface of the earth over millions of years, whereas Lab-grown Diamonds can be created in a lab over a period of a few weeks.
Not even an experts naked eye can see the difference between a Lab-grown Diamond and a mined diamond. Only a specific tool can determine the difference.
Exploring this possibility is important to us as it eliminates mining, social conflict, land devastation, cartel pricing, wildlife displacement and harm to local communities.
IMPACT gold is an alloy of 30% 14K Fairtrade gold and 70% 14K Recycled gold. The reasoning for IMPACT gold is its positive impact on the indigenous producer communities, both environmentally and socially.
What is Fairtrade gold?
Fairtrade works with small-scale gold mines that meet the Fairtrade Standard for Gold and Precious Metals, to respond to deeply entrenched problems in the mining sector. When a consumer chooses Fairtrade gold, it means the gold has been responsibly mined and that the miners have received a Fairtrade Minimum Price (of 95% LBMA) and Premium of $2000/kg, which assists social, environmental and economic development in the communities.
Recycled 925 sterling silver
Fairtrade Gold Sourcing Programme (GSP) means the final product does not carry the Fairtrade Mark, but the business is still sourcing Fairtrade gold. The gold is traceable from the mine and through the refining process, and verified through FLOCERT (an independent third party) audits, but may be mixed with non-Fairtrade gold before going into the final product.
All the recycled gold we use carries the SCS global service certification. This certificate ensures that the mined materials are traceable, environmentally focused and promote ethical labor conditions. SCS is a verification agent which focuses on quality, social responsibility, and stewardship to the earth.
Fairtrade is the first certification for sustainable gold, in effect since 2011, and has been working with small-scale gold mines to address the issues in the mining sector. The organization follows a core of three pillars in their actions: (1) People come first, (2) Planet is respected, (3) Profit is shared evenly.
SCS is a 3rd party verification agent which promotes transparency in green labelling for nearly 40 years. The social, environmental and sustainability claims of products are evaluated in terms of scientific rigor and integrity; focusing on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and quality.
SMETA is a social auditing methodology set out by the membership organization Sedex that provides one of the world’s leading online platforms for companies to manage and improve working conditions in global supply chains. SMETA makes it possible for companies to assess their workplace and suppliers to understand working conditions in their supply chain.
LBMA ensures the highest levels of leadership, integrity and transparency for the global precious metals industry by advancing standards and developing market solutions.
“My design philosophy is to constantly evolve, and the pieces I create must prove their rightful place in this madness.”
— Maria Black, Founder and Head of Design.
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