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MiaDonna continues to be a leading source for alluring handcrafted gems that not only signify a beautiful season of life, but never fail to turn heads and spark conversation. The kicker? These fine diamonds aren’t mined from the earth’s crust. Rather, they’re saving communities (and the environment) by being artfully cultivated in a controlled lab. As lab-grown diamonds continue to gain in popularity for obvious reasons like their conflict-free process, we thought we’d share a few little-known facts that will have you a super fan in no time.
1 | They’re 100% real diamonds
Misconceptions have led some to believe that man made diamonds sit in the gray area of reality, but nothing could be further than the truth. These aren’t another imitation diamond, like cubic zirconia or moissanite. Each lab-grown diamond is entirely unique in its makeup, as it is created through a simulation of the Earth’s natural growing process. The only difference is the side of the ground it’s on! Furthermore, these pure carbon diamonds are graded by GIA labs according to the 4 C’s. Just look at this striking engagement ring for starters.
2 | They’re indistinguishable from earth-mined diamonds (in every facet)
Lab-grown diamonds look real, well, because they are. Experts in the field even have a tough time telling them apart from mined diamonds, thanks to the indistinguishable chemical, optical and physical qualities. I mean… look at the Empress beauty set in an intricate pave split shank, for example. It doesn’t get more authentic than this!
3 | Lab-grown diamonds are packed with value
Not that engagement rings should be purchased with the intent to sell, it’s still worth knowing that lab-grown diamonds will hold resale value since they are graded according to cut, clarity, carat and color – contrary to what traditional jewelers might try to sell you on. Read more about it here!
4 | The quality is unmatched
It’s pretty rare to find a diamond graded with the purest form – Type IIA. Elizabeth Taylor sported a diamond of such merit, and in fact, only 2% of earth-mined diamonds meet this level of perfection! Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret. Every single lab-grown diamond from MiaDonna achieves this same grade reserved for only the most brilliant + valued diamonds.
5 | Lab-grown diamonds cost up to 40% less than earth-mined diamonds
Woah. Now that’s a number that talks. The seamless, eco-friendly process for creating these diamonds can be thanked for a lower price tag, and you may just want to start your research with this three-stone cushion cut engagement ring to see what we mean.
6 | Lab-grown diamonds are the answer for environmentally conscious couples
It’s no secret that traditional mining methods have a serious impact on the environment, and not in a way that would have Bill Nye singing their praises. By eliminating the part of the process where large portions of land mass are destroyed, lab-grown diamonds are a faultless choice for couples who want to be eco-friendly. These dazzling gems are saving the world one ecosystem at a time, and while they’re undeniably beautiful on their own, they’re even more captivating when set in an ornate twisted band as seen in the Stark Two Tone Engagement Ring.
7 | Lab-grown diamonds are totally conflict-free and foster peace for real communities
One of the reasons MiaDonna garners a shining spotlight here is because this is their why. MiaDonna was founded specifically to create “ethical and affordable fine diamond jewelry that would help free innocent children oppressed by the active conflict diamond mining industry.” While mining communities are often torn apart by violence and harsh labor laws, MiaDonna donates a portion of sales to their foundation, The Greener Diamond, which supports these very communities through education, mentorship, agriculture and urgent relief programs.
Simply put, lab-grown diamonds are history in the making and still one of the best-kept secrets in the search for engagement rings and fine jewelry. While the experimentation of man made diamonds has been around for the last 100 years, they’ve perfected the process in the last decade to create diamonds that are completely gem-quality. Can you say R-E-S-P-E-C-T? And since we have a reverence for choice, we love that you can choose from MiaDonna’s wealth of stylish pre-designed engagement rings or customize one from scratch if you like.
There is everlasting romance to behold in these gorgeous stones, but you’ll know it for sure when you try one on in person. Check out MiaDonna’s home try-on program here where you can sample your favorite engagement rings in person. The style may be the toughest choice you ever have to make, but the source sure isn’t!
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