Ethical Engagements: How To Find A Sustainable Diamond
A stunning diamond ring or necklace shouldn’t cost the earth – literally.
Diamonds have been a contended precious stone in the past for a number of reasons, with one of the major factors being conflict or “blood diamonds”. These diamonds have been used to finance conflicts and wars in many parts of the world, particularly in Africa, and have been known to have been mined in war zones. The trade in conflict diamonds has also been associated with human rights abuses, including forced labour, child labour, and violence.
However, at Argyle Jewellers, cannot only assure you that our diamonds are ethically mined from Australian and international sources, but we can help you search for a sustainable diamond – and in turn, ethical engagement rings – that is not only beautiful, but gentle on the earth too.
Our Guide To Ethical Engagement Rings & Diamonds
We’ve been in the business of diamonds for over 30 years, so we know how to find a diamond that’s true and hasn’t been mined with forced, unfair labour. Here is how you can ensure you have an ethical diamond in your ring…
Look For Certified Diamonds
One way to ensure that a diamond is sustainable is to look for certification from reputable organisations such as the Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA). These certifications ensure that the diamonds have been mined ethically and responsibly, without any involvement in conflict or human rights abuses.
Our diamonds come with a certificate of authenticity, letting you know from where your diamond was sourced.
Opt For Lab-Grown Diamonds
Another option for sustainable diamonds is to choose lab-grown diamonds for ethical engagement rings. These are made in a laboratory rather than mined from the earth. Lab-grown diamonds have a smaller environmental footprint and are often less expensive than mined diamonds, meaning that you can get a beautiful lab grown diamond with all of the brilliance of a diamond from the earth – without harming the earth.
Consider The Diamond’s Origin
If you’re looking for ethical engagement rings, it’s important to know where a ring’s diamond came from and how it was mined. Some countries, including Canada and Australia, have strict regulations on diamond mining and have a reputation for ethical practices. If possible, choose diamonds that are traceable back to the mine, rather than purchasing your rings from stores that offer diamonds from questionable sources.
Ask for Transparency
One of the best things you can do when looking for ethical engagement rings and diamonds is to simply ask! Ask your jeweller about their policies and practices regarding their diamond sourcing – a reputable jeweller will be able to provide you with information regarding the jewellery piece you’re after, including the diamond’s origin, mining conditions, and so on.
Support Trusted Brands
Once you find a brand that sources diamonds responsibly, continue to support them to ensure you are getting ethical diamonds and ethical engagement rings. Look for brands that are transparent about their sourcing and have a clear commitment to sustainability.
At Argyle Jewellers, we love our diamonds – which is why we will never sell you an inferior diamond or piece of jewellery. Learn more about mined diamonds vs lab grown diamonds, shop our range of diamond jewellery, or visit us in-store to see our beautiful range for yourself.