Moissanites, Cultured Diamonds & Recycled metals
Moissanite was first discovered in a meteor crater in Arizona in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan. More recently, very large naturally occurring moissanite crystals have been found in Israel, however the quality of this mined moissanite are not suitable for the purpose of jewelry. Today, the Moissanite you see on the market is grown in a laboratory making it a socially responsible and eco-friendly gemstone option. It is not a diamond, nor a fake diamond. It’s just a different, naturally occurring or lab-grown gemstone. And what a stone it is!
Chemically, moissanite is completely different from a diamond. While a diamond is entirely Carbon, a Moissanite is Silicon Carbide. Regardless of its chemical make-up, it looks very similar to a diamond. And best of all, a moissanite actually out-performs a diamond in terms of optics, and is still durable and scratch resistant enough to be worn every day and last a lifetime. On the topic of affordability, Moissanite costs substantially less than diamonds (earth mined or cultured). Moissanite affords the buyer an opportunity to scale the size of their gemstones to the visual scale they prefer on their hand without this decision being completely overshadowed by price. What a concept!
It is our mission to bring our clients several beautiful, affordable and ethical engagement ring options. We aren’t here to talk you in or out of anything, but rather present you with the facts and allow you to determine what fits your lifestyle, values and budget.
Have something else in mind? We also have ethically sourced diamonds, morganite, sapphires and other gemstones in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We love searching for unique and special gemstones! We can't wait to hear what you're dreaming up!
Cultured diamonds and traditional earth mined diamonds have the same physical, chemical and optical properties. They are the same material (carbon), and they act the same ways under the same conditions. Cultured diamonds are grown through the same crystallization process as mined diamonds. This process can be completed in as little as two weeks before skilled artisans complete their transformation with traditional diamond cutting techniques. This production process is socially responsible, it greatly reduces the negative environmental impact of traditional diamond mining, as well as making diamonds more affordable than ever!
An accessible, affordable and truly ethical diamond option is long overdo. Today, we can finally say confidently that science has caught up with nature! We are now able in a laboratory to scientifically grow a real diamond and the benefits are limitless!
Recycled gold & platinum
Gold and platinum are naturally renewable resources, as they can be repeatedly recycled without degenerating the quality. Choosing recycled gold and platinum decreases the global demand for mined gold as well as reducing the use of fossil fuels, deforestation and catastrophic health threats to the local mining communities. While recycled gold and platinum are not 100% free of pollution it is a far cleaner option, especially when partnering with a modern refinery who is committed to keeping emission to the absolute minimum.
Traditional gold mining can lead to polluted water ways with toxic waste containing metals, arsenic, cyanide, mercury and petroleum by-products threatening both biodiversity in the eco-system as well as the waterways for vulnerable nearby communities.
Many gold mines are operated by criminal cartels and corrupt governments, often in third-world countries, which can lead to abused children and forced labor in mining communities. Indeed mining as a whole is responsible for a multitude of human and environmental atrocities. These issues are complex with the need for action on many fronts. These issues have no simple resolutions.
Offering recycled metals is a step towards reducing the demand for mining, and therefore reducing the devastating affects of mining. This solution is an imperfect one, however it is a step towards a more mindful and responsible approach to consumption. We look forward to new developments in the area of gold-mining alternatives as we work together towards healthier communities and a recovering planet.