Diamonds have formed below the Earth’s crust for billions of years, but now they can be formed above ground, too.
When tiny seed crystals are exposed to high heat and high pressure under strict laboratory conditions, they grow up to be diamonds. These diamonds look the same, feel the same, and are made of the same stuff as their mined counterparts—the only difference is where they come from. Like ice grown in a freezer versus ice grown in the Arctic. Only MINE tends to use better quality ice than cubes from the freezer (no pun intended): FG color and VS clarity.
Importantly, lab grown diamonds are NOT simulants (unlike cubic zirconia, moissanite, or any of the other "lookalike" diamond products out there). They're chemically, optically and physically the same as their mined counterparts, which makes them just as real—and beautiful—as the stuff from below the Earth's crust. Not even the most experienced jeweler can tell them apart.
Then why lab grown over mined? For us at MINE, it has everything to do with origin. Because our diamonds are grown above ground, you can be sure that you’re not contributing to the social, environmental, or ethical impacts of mining. It takes over 200 tons of digging to find a 1 carat diamond, and entire ecosystems can be displaced or destroyed in the process.
So let’s forget mining. Here’s to diamonds made with you in mind.