I wanted to interview a jewelry designer who works with lab-grown diamonds and get their perspective. I chose colleague and friend Claudia Endler, an award winning jewelry designer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Claudia is one of the chosen few jewelry designers for Diamond Foundry, a California-based diamond growing laboratory. Diamond Foundry is also the company that has among its investors, Leonardo De Caprio. She has been working with lab-grown diamonds for a few years, and I was interested in what she thought of them.
Me: What do you think of lab-grown diamonds?
Claudia: I like lab-grown diamonds as much as mined diamonds. Beauty is beauty! There are several great things about the lab grown diamonds. The lab grown diamonds are the same material as a diamond mined from the ground — they’re just grown in a Lab. There is very little to no ecological footprint in making lab-grown diamonds. No legal or ethical issues, no ground pollution, no conflicts, and this product is renewable!
Me: Do you think lab grown diamonds will change the diamond industry?
Claudia: I am sure they will. I think customers will divide into two buying groups. The group who wants the rare, out-of-the-ground diamond, and the group who want clean, renewable, conflict-free diamonds.
Me: How do you as a jewelry designer feel about the lab-grown diamonds in your jewelry creations?
Claudia : I feel that lab-grown diamonds will give jewelry designers like me a better platform with their designs, like painting with diamonds, white or colored. We all know the pinks, blues and yellows are very expensive, whereas the lab-grown diamonds, white or colored, are more affordable and easier to acquire. To be able to work with more affordable colored diamonds is very exciting. I can be more creative in my designs, and my clients benefit from being able to buy and wear pieces that have more white and colored lab-grown diamonds than if those same pieces only had mined diamonds.
Me: Do you feel that lab-grown diamonds take away from Claudia Endler designs?
Claudia : No, not at all! As I say, beauty is beauty. A lab-grown diamond IS a diamond! The only difference is that the stone came out of the laboratory not the ground. I am very proud that I was chosen to work with the Diamond Foundry using their Lab Grown Diamonds.
This was just a snapshot of my conversation with an Award Winning jewelry designer and her feelings about lab grown diamonds.
Let me know what concerns or thoughts you have about wearing lab-grown diamonds as jewelry.
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