Just as with our clothes, there are more opportunities than ever to be sustainable and environmentally friendly when it comes to buying jewellery.
Diamonds, thanks to their vast heritage and reputation as most-prized precious stones, will doubtless always be a girls’ best friend; the luxury jewellery market is booming and likely always will be. While leading jewellery houses such as Chopard, Tiffany & Co and Cartier promote responsible mining – using known sources, recycled materials and certified mines – outside of those recognisable houses there are questionable methods of production and links to conflict.
Many labels are now choosing to use laboratory-grown diamonds rather than their natural counterparts in an effort to have a more ethical and sustainable footprint. The process of creating a diamond in a lab is also more cost effective, meaning that the pieces can be retailed for less. Here are five of the best brands that use only manmade diamonds:
1. Lark & Berry
Lark & Berry is a luxury jewellery label that is leading the way when it comes to conscious diamonds. Launched last year by Laura Chavez, it is already a favourite of the Duchess of Sussex.
Lark & Berry creates high-quality yet sustainable pieces that cater to a variety of budgets. They use lab-grown diamonds that are 100 per cent traceable, so you know exactly where they came from and how they’re produced.
2. Taylor & Hart
Bespoke jeweller Taylor & Hart uses diamonds that have been grown inside a laboratory, but with the aim of having the same aesthetic as natural diamonds that have been mined. They are a particular favourite for those looking for beautiful engagement rings that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Another luxury jewellery brand that only uses the finest sustainable lab-grown diamonds is Courbet, who also ensures that all of the gold used in the jewellery is 100 per cent recyclable. From beautiful bracelets to custom-made creations, the label is one to know for luxury jewellery with a conscience.
4. Innocent Stone
Through the beauty of its pieces, Innocent Stone aims to emphasise that the only difference between lab-grown and mined diamonds is its origin (and the price-tag: lab-grown diamonds cost roughly 40 per cent less than their natural counterparts). The brand isn’t available in the UK yet, but they’re worth keeping in mind if you are ever visiting Paris.
Kimai is a brand from Antwerp in Belgium and is another sustainable brand to be championed by the Duchess of Sussex. The label makes great statement jewellery that has all been created with ethical, lab-grown diamonds.
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.