For those looking for an alternative to a regular diamond in their engagement ring, a kunzite might peak your interest.
Kunzite is the pink to lilac colored variation of Spodumene. It was named by gemologist G. F. Kunz who first discovered it in 1902 in the mines of the Pala District in San Diego. Since then it’s also been found in Brazil, Australia, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Madagascar.
Kunzite is a beautiful crystal that encourages the energy of love, which is why it’s appropriately called the Stone of Love or the Stone of Emotion. It’s known to help its keeper understand and interact better with others. And to make it the perfect engagement ring, it brings love, peace and harmony to whoever wears it. What more could you ask for?
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Lab grown diamonds are considered authentic, and ecofriendly, with the same composition and structure of natural diamonds. Scientist grow these stone in 8 short weeks, where it takes the earth millions of years for veins of rough to surface.
While these stones are very close to natural diamonds in their characteristics and beauty, they are not the same as machines are able to distinguish which are natural and which are scientifically created.
As far as an investment; experts in the jewelry industry have doubts man made stones will go upward, because this is a new concept. Similar to electronics, they feel in time the prices will go down once they become mass produced.
Moreover, natural diamonds make a positive impact in other countries, specifically Africa’s continent. The diamond industry provides an honest livelihood, schools, medicine, and hospitals.
Examples include Botswana who has one of the better medical systems in Africa. The Botswana government has many times said that if not for their diamond industry, the medical system would collapse.
The Kimberly act was created by the United Nations General Assembly, to establish requirements in the industry that controls rough production and trade. This has helped minimize the sourcing of unethical diamonds and has provided ethically sourced diamonds, and reduced the flow of conflict diamonds down to 1%.
Lastly, the diamond industry cares deeply about sourcing ethical diamonds, and ending the crisis in Sierra Leone.