Sustainably Grown Diamonds Explained

We're so proud we can offer HPHT diamonds in our products, and we want you to know exactly why they're so special. 

HPHT stands for high pressure, high temperature. Carbon seeds are used from pre existing diamonds and put into a machine that re-creates the environment in which a natural diamond is formed (high pressure and high temperatures). Once the lab diamond is created, it goes through the same grading and certification process as natural diamonds - this is why you'll see on product pages we've listed clarity and colour ratings. 

Here's a list of what we think are the key reasons sustainable diamonds are the better choice: 

    1. The only difference between a lab grown diamond and a natural diamond are their point of origin. Lab grown diamonds are chemically, physically, and visually the exact same as diamonds that are mined from the Earth.

    2. Natural diamond mining has caused environmental devastation. Irresponsible mining causes severe damage to the land which is being used. This can lead to soil erosion, deforestation, and relocation of local communities due to lack of natural resources (amongst many other issues). 

    3. Lab diamonds are ethically sourced. Although brutal civil wars due to natural diamond mining have ended, the diamond industry is rife with unfair practices such as child labour, human rights violations, dangerous working conditions, and forced labour. We work with a diamond supplier who shows how safe and ethical the creation of our diamonds are, so we know they've come from a good place. 

    4. Lastly, sustainable diamonds are a more cost friendly option. This is due to a shorter supply chain, but leads to the price of the diamond being between 20%-30% less (specifically to the diamonds we use). So you can enjoy your conflict free diamond for a better price. 

If you have any further questions about lab grown diamonds please email us at hello@leoandlumi.com and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.