In the jewellery world, man made diamonds London are quickly making their mark. Taking the industry by storm, they are created in labs using state-of-the-art technology to produce beautiful stones for a fraction of the price of a natural diamond.
They are indistinguishable from naturally mined ones when tested by GIA and are also ten times harder than mined diamonds (they are a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale). These man-made stones are a great alternative to natural ones, especially for those with a tight budget who still want to get that sparkle.
Hatton Garden has a number of specialised labs where you can find cultured diamonds to suit every budget and occasion. The jewellers will be able to guide you through the process of choosing one, with a variety of options to suit your style and budget.
Lark & Berry is a beautiful store with a huge selection of stunning bespoke pieces and beautiful rings, all designed and handmade in London. They specialise in ethically sourced lab grown diamonds and are proud to say that all of their diamonds are conflict free, which is a big plus for eco-conscious shoppers.
Matilde Jewellery is another new London based brand that uses cultured diamonds in their designs and are proud to say they’re totally traceable, with all the steps taken to create a piece of jewellery fully disclosed on their website and in their boutiques. Their jewellery is crafted with passion and they’re dedicated to ensuring that their creations are as ethical and sustainable as possible.
Kimai is a contemporary jewellery company that offers a range of gorgeous jewellery pieces including rings, necklaces and earrings. They are committed to the environmental and social sustainability of their jewellery, sourcing all of their lab grown diamonds in Israel. They use renewable energy to power the creation of their diamonds, so each ring is carbon neutral.
Swarovski is another jeweller that carries an extensive selection of lab grown diamonds and has a range of different styles and colours to choose from. The eponymous label is also passionate about their ethical sourcing and is happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the sustainability of their jewellery.
Steven Stone is a long established fine jewellery store that also offers an extensive collection of loose laboratory grown diamonds in their online shop. They stock a range of shapes and sizes, and also have the option to have the stones set into a design of your choice.
They also have an amazing selection of engagement rings which are a fantastic option for those looking to add more sparkle and colour to their wedding rings without breaking the bank. The site is easy to navigate and features a live chat option so you can ask any questions.
While many people believe that the resale value of lab-grown diamonds is less than natural ones, that’s just a marketing myth. Jean Ghika, global director of jewelry at Bonham’s auction house in London, has a wealth of experience and is confident that, like natural diamonds, they retain their value on the resale market, although she does note that they are not as valuable as antique or vintage diamonds which can still fetch a good amount on the secondary market.