A Greener Diamond
Our lab-grown diamonds offer an ethical and environmentally friendly alternative to mined diamonds. While efforts in the past few decades have sought to restrict the supply "blood diamonds" (mined diamonds that fuel violence and war), the mined diamond trade is still marred by human rights abuses and environmental devastation. Despite reassuring claims from mined diamond dealers, so-called "conflict free diamonds" may still be tainted by worker exploitation and violence.
Presently, over one million diamond diggers in Africa live in extreme poverty on less than one dollar a day, and countless others continue to be exploited and abused. The few genuinely "conflict free" diamond mines that exist nonetheless endanger fragile ecosystems, cause environmental harm, and disrupt vulnerable communities. Lab-grown diamonds offer an ethical alternative to the injustices of the mined diamond trade.
OPAQUE SUPPLY CHAIN AND CONTINUING INJUSTICE
Determining the true origin of a mined diamond is often impossible due to the opacity of the diamond supply chain. This ubiquitous lack of transparency - coupled with the narrow focus of the Kimberley Process which does not thoroughly protect against human rights and labor abuses - results in ostensibly "conflict free" diamonds that, in fact, originate from mines that perpetuate worker exploitation, child labor, sexual violence, murder, and other human rights abuses.
Due to the narrow definition of "conflict diamonds" by the Kimberley Process, the Zimbabwean army's massacre of 200 miners in 2008 did not constitute a breach of the Kimberley Process protocol. Although thousands had been raped, murdered, and enslaved, the Kimberley Process nonetheless approved the export of Zimbabwe's diamonds and did not designate them as "conflict diamonds." Although the United States maintains sanctions on diamonds from Zimbabwe, the opaque diamond supply chain allows Zimbabwe diamonds to flow into the USA legally.