When it comes to making the choice between lab grown diamonds or mined diamonds, there are plenty of factors to consider, not the least of which is the energy accompanying the stones. While it’s obvious that lab created diamonds are a proverbially fresh start (since they have been created ethically in a lab), the same cannot be said for mined diamonds.
Whether you’re superstitious or not, you’ve no doubt heard of karma; there’s all sorts of negative karmic energy to watch out for if you’re considering purchasing a mined diamond, and the reasons why are self-evident.
The divorce rate has hovered around 50% for years, meaning that many diamonds end up re-infiltrating the market following a failed marriage. Diamond dealers play clever tricks to avoid the negative connotations of divorce diamonds, often sending them back to the lab in order to receive a new certificate which shows a recent date, but the inescapable truth is that these diamonds have borne witness to the demise of a marriage. Do you want the love of your life touting a secondhand diamond on her finger, or do you want to give her the promise of a fresh start with lab-created diamonds?
One of the biggest issues with natural diamonds is that (unlike man-made diamonds) there’s simply no way to know for sure where they came from. Although some mined diamonds will be offered with “origin certificates” these are little more than a marketing scam; the plain truth is that the nature of the industry makes diamonds almost impossible to trace.
The old saying goes, “diamonds are forever.” The dark side of that reality is that many mined diamonds have been circulating for years; although some stones will stay in a family, others are simply reintroduced into the market with a fresh certificate after the last wearer passes away. Understandably, many women aren’t comfortable donning a diamond that last sat on the finger of a now-departed person, but the veiled practices of the diamond industry make it difficult to know to whom a diamond belonged previously.
Though child labour laws are strict in many first-world countries, that’s not the case in most parts of the world where diamonds are mined. Specifically, child labour is frequently used to mine diamonds in Africa; unfortunately, this means that purchasing a natural diamond often contributes to the exploitation of children.
Diamonds are obviously very lucrative, and money trumps eco-consciousness in most cases. Mines destroy ecosystems, contaminate water supplies, lead to deforestation, and damage the environment in a number of other ways. The world suffers greatly for every mined diamond that enters the market; that brings with it a great deal of negativity.
It goes without saying that not one of these issues is a consideration with lab-created diamonds. Ethically made outside of conflict zones without any child labour and without damaging the natural environment, man-made diamonds are a clear choice for those who want to make an impact with their purchases. What’s more, since synthetic diamonds are such a new concept, it would be impossible to find one secondhand. The last thing you want when giving someone a ring is to have negative energy following you—avoid bad karma entirely and opt for a lab-created diamond, so you can have peace of mind that your new diamond will bring nothing but happiness.