Everyone visualize about the big day where you propose to your life partner with a magnificent diamond engagement ring. But have you once thought about how diamonds are produced? As a result of people thinking of the impacts of mining a natural diamond, lab-grown diamonds are becoming more popular. For those who don’t know, lab-grown diamonds are also real diamonds, but they are made in a controlled environment in a lab. Unlike natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds have many ethical benefits. In this article, we are discussing the ethical benefits of lab-grown diamonds.
All Lab-Made Diamonds Are Conflict-Free Diamonds
In the 1990s, diamonds were traded by many African countries (Liberia, Ivory Coast, Congo, Angola, etc) to fund the rebel militias to conduct civil wars all over their countries. These civil wars created chaos and horrific crimes followed these wars. As these diamonds are used for funding wars and chaos, they are known as blood diamonds. The Kimberley Process is a coalition of 54 countries formed by the UN to stop the flow of blood diamonds into the international diamond market. But still, it is not a flaw-proof method to restrict conflict diamonds from coming into the market.
The only way to avoid a blood diamond is to purchase a lab-grown diamond. As they are made in labs, you can be 100% sure that they are conflict-free diamonds. You can find peace of mind by purchasing a lab-grown diamond. Another problem with natural diamonds is that many diamond mines use child laborers to do mining work and these children don’t even get paid.
Lab-Grown Diamonds Can Help To Stop Child Labor In Mines
As we mentioned earlier, children are used as laborers in many diamond mines, especially in some underdeveloped countries. They choose children as laborers to obtain cheap labor in the mining process. Moreover, child laborers are also used in cutting and polishing factories. A lot of children die due to the hazardous environment in mines and many have to live with disabilities from working in the mines. These children are also underpaid and forced to work grueling hours, all days a week. These children never get a chance to get an education or find a new job or lead a prosperous life.
Giving more popularity and acceptance to lab-grown diamonds can be a solution to stop mining from natural mines and hence lot of children may be freed from these horrible conditions.