Why We Don’t Use Lab-Grown Diamonds at Jaume Labro

While lab-grown diamonds may be praised as a more “sustainable” option, the reality is more complex. Their production process is energy-intensive. Growing a diamond requires a seed — a piece of natural stone — and significant amounts of electricity, which does not always come from renewable sources. Additionally, the long-term environmental impact of lab-grown diamonds remains unclear, particularly with regard to potential waste disposal.

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Furthermore, the resale market for lab-grown diamonds is still in its infancy. Their relatively low production cost means they don’t hold their value as well as natural diamonds, diminishing their appeal as an investment piece. These are just a few reasons we prefer using real diamonds over lab-grown stones. But there’s more to it:

Our Passion for Natural Materials Extends Beyond Diamonds

We are masters in the ancient Japanese metalworking technique called Mokume Gane. This 400-year-old method allows us to create one-of-a-kind patterns in precious metals like platinum, gold, and silver. Much like a natural diamond, each Mokume Gane engagement ring is a testament to the enduring power of nature and human artistry, perfectly suited for a once-in-a-lifetime vow.

While lab-grown diamonds have emerged as a popular option in recent years, natural diamonds still hold a special significance for engagement rings. Here are a few more reasons why we at Jaume Labro remain committed to using real stones:

The Enduring Allure of the Natural

Natural diamonds need millions of years to form under extreme pressure and heat within the Earth. Each diamond has a unique character, with its own inclusions and internal brilliance. These inclusions, often microscopic, tell a story of the diamond’s journey, making it a one-of-a-kind treasure. On the other hand, lab-grown diamonds can be produced in a matter of weeks and replicated with exact precision. While this may hold some appeal, for many, the inherent individuality of a natural diamond is part of its magic.

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A Symbol Steeped in History

For centuries, natural diamonds have been a symbol of unwavering love, enduring commitment, and the promise of forever. They have adorned the hands of royalty, graced historical love stories, and become cherished heirlooms passed down through generations. The tradition of giving a diamond-encrusted engagement ring is deeply ingrained in many cultures, adding a layer of sentimentality and connection to the past. This rich history and traditions imbue natural diamonds with a weight of symbolism and legacy that lab-grown alternatives cannot replicate. When you choose an engagement ring with a natural diamond, you’re not just gifting a piece of jewelry but a palpable connection to a timeless tradition.

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We are personally visiting the mines where our precious stones are coming from.

Sustainable Sourcing: A Commitment Beyond the Diamond

We understand the environmental concerns surrounding mined diamonds. Part of the appeal of the lab-grown alternatives lies in the hope that using manufactured stones helps the communities escape corruption, war, and slave labor. However, the truth is that the mined diamond industry, when managed ethically, can empower communities in developing nations. By choosing ethically sourced diamonds, you contribute to positive social change. We use suppliers who share our sustainability and social responsibility values and ensure worker safety, fair wages, and sustainable practices, avoiding conflict diamonds. This ensures that the diamonds we use do not contribute to environmental degradation or abuses of human rights. Your ethically sourced diamond symbolizes love and commitment, reflected in the ring and how it was obtained.

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The Potential for Investment and Heirloom Value

Natural stones have a proven track record of holding their value over time, and diamonds are no exception. Some rare or exceptional diamonds’ value can even rise significantly over time. This makes them not just a symbol of love but also a potential investment that can be passed down through generations. Lab-grown diamonds are a relatively new product, costing a fraction of what you would pay for a real stone. While they may be initially cheaper, it’s also true that they don’t retain their value like a natural diamond.

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Our engagement rings are made with sustainably sourced natural diamonds using a 400-year old technique.

Supporting Artisanal Craftsmanship: Where Nature Meets Art

If you choose a natural diamond engagement ring from Jaume Labro, you’re not just acquiring a diamond but a piece of art. Our skilled jewelers use time-honored techniques like Mokume Gane to create unique and breathtaking rings that showcase the inherent beauty of both the diamond and the precious metals that surround it. These are not mass-produced pieces but rather works of art crafted with passion and expertise.

We can help you choose or create a diamond engagement ring that will embody the love and connection you share with your partner.

Real Connection Deserves the Real Thing

At Jaume Labro, we understand that choosing an engagement ring is a momentous occasion. It’s a tangible expression of your love, a symbol that will be cherished forever. We believe this exceptional piece of jewelry deserves a gem that embodies the same qualities – something unique, beautiful, and imbued with meaning. That’s why we specialize in using natural diamonds and gemstones that are ethically sourced to ensure your love story reflects your commitment and environmental and social responsibility.

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Ultimately, whether you choose between a natural or lab-grown diamond is a personal decision, and we respect this. However, at Jaume Labro, we believe natural diamonds offer a unique combination of beauty, history, and investment potential. They are a tangible symbol of your love story, a timeless expression of commitment that will be cherished for generations to come.

Discover the perfect natural diamond engagement ring for your love story on our website. We can guide you through the process and help you create a ring that reflects your style and values.

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