Asha “diamonds” are not lab created diamonds, but are simulants. Learn the key differences between lab created diamonds and Asha simulant diamonds, and how to choose which is right for you!
The Olympic medals awarded at this year’s London Games are traceable in origin to two mines operated by mining giant Rio Tinto. As mining companies go, Rio Tinto is among the most socially and environmentally responsible. But at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi and Rio De Janeiro, we think it would be much more fitting and meaningful to make Olympic medals from recycled and fair trade sources.
The Sudanese government has been ruthlessly attacking villages in the Blue Nile state in southern Sudan, forcing more than 200,000 people from their homes. This humanitarian catastrophe demonstrates why the Kimberley Process, the international diamond certification scheme, is not up to the challenge of stopping resource-fueled conflicts.
Simulant diamonds and lab created diamonds are not the same. Read on to sort through the confusion and better understand what you are actually buying.
Recent technological advances have made it possible to create diamonds in laboratory settings that are virtually indistinguishable from natural, mined diamonds. Although this is a welcome advance, some lab-created diamonds may be entering the general diamond supply and being sold as natural diamonds.
However, our uniquely careful sourcing methods protect us against this problem and allow us to guarantee the natural origins of all our natural diamonds.
About six months ago, in a debate with Brilliant Earth, the organization representing the global diamond industry defended a narrow definition of “conflict diamond.” But the diamond industry recently reversed its position to agree with Brilliant Earth. The industry now supports an expanded conflict diamond” definition that accounts for all violence tied to diamond mining. We couldn’t be more thrilled.
Lab created diamonds are now available in colorless ranges and in a broader range of sizes than ever before.
In the annals of blood diamonds, few men have compiled a more horrific record than former Liberian President Charles Taylor. The warlord turned president used diamonds to instigate a bloody civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone that endured for 11 years. It is estimated that Taylor bears responsibility for the murder, rape, maiming, and mutilation of over 1.2 million people. So it was welcome news last week when an international criminal court convicted Taylor on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The historic verdict represents a victory for the international criminal justice system, a measure of [...]
Most people buy diamonds as an expression of love. But there’s frequently a side benefit to a diamond purchase: diamonds are an excellent store of monetary value. Because diamonds tend to hold or increase their value over time, many people think that diamonds are a good long-term financial investment. That premise seems to be the impetus behind a plan to create a new way to invest in diamonds – one that doesn’t involve ring shopping. A financial firm near New York City recently announced its intention to establish an exchange traded fund (ETF) – a passively indexed kind of [...]
We’re not very optimistic that the Kimberley Process (KP), the international diamond certification scheme, can still be turned around. When the KP decided last November to lift the partial ban on Zimbabwean diamonds, its credibility sagged to a new and embarrassing low point. It’s hard to believe, but diamonds from Zimbabwe tainted by torture, rape, slave labor, and political corruption now receive “conflict free” certification from the KP. At this point, is there any reason to be hopeful about the KP? Not really, but we do see one potential glimmer of hope. Every year, a different country among the [...]