The fact of overpopulation and overuse of the non-renewable natural resources is evident for the global community. Day by day we discuss the issue of climate changes and declare about numerous ways to mitigate the effect of human activity on the environment to prevent it. Indeed, it is a strange thing, when the science offers us the innovations, like man-made diamonds, enabling our daily contribution to making the world’s eco-system better we start challenging it assertively. Maybe the reason is in lack of awareness about the harming effect of mining the natural diamonds and the true value of laboratory growing process. We are going to unveil you some environmental issues of the shining gemstones.
It is widely known fact that gemstones are formed in soils under the pressure and in the conditions of a special temperature regime. So, to extract them from the earth where they could be located at a depth of 250 meters, one should violate the structure of terrain alongside the land cover. So-called pipe-mining or underground mining, which is one of the widespread methods, implies digging out a huge amount of soil and transporting it off-site for further processing.
Even the schoolboy who has never missed the biology lessons knows that the smallest piece of land is far from being just a soil; it is a micro world with the coherent eco-system where multiple organisms inhabit and interplay each other. Their close interaction and natural interlinks are the basis for the successful functioning of the broader ecosystem. So, violating one microcosm we put the hand to destroying the holistic global ecosystem.
Offer vs demand
Despite the fact of the detrimental effect of the mining process, it is not the core threat for the environment. To see the true scale of the problem one should consider the volumes of extraction. So, today there are just five primary areas with deposits of diamonds in the world: Russia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Canada, and Australia. Annually they provide the world with around 150 million carats. Although the mass media declare decreasing of the volumes of extracted diamonds one should be aware that the reason is not in lowering demand on this product but in the exhaustion of the natural sources. At the same time, demand for diamonds continues to grow. Just for comparison, you can consider that the amount of man-made diamonds is 4 billion carats a year and you will see the difference between natural producing abilities and true request: it is immense. Indeed, according to information of MadeStones’ managers, the request on natural diamonds is high and it is still a complicated task to convince the customer in advantageable nature of lab-grown items.
What does it mean? According to economic rules, the demand generates an offer. So, if people would not be able to refuse from natural sparkling gemstones, the producers will face the need to expand the scales of their activity to extract more diamonds. Apparently, they will do this by the cost of new territories, including those where today the forests are.
Thus, deforestation, violation of groundwater level, the devastation of soils and destruction of eco-systems are among those problems causing the global climate changes and the reasons for myriad others environmental threats. Fortunately, today we have more opportunities for avoiding the worst flow of events. All we need is just making the right ecological choice in favor of lab-grown diamonds.
There is no loss for you but invaluable service for sustainability
The biggest misbelief that makes people challenge the man-made diamond is considering them an artificial one. Indeed, this idea is far from being true. Laboratory-grown gemstones have the same chemical structure, which, consequently, results in similar physical properties and identical optical effect. If you use the diamonds as the accessories, you do not lose anything since engineered diamond is impossible to identify from the natural one outside of laboratory with special equipment.
If you are investor, you have even wider opportunities
It is true that the firmness of the man-made diamonds could not be compared with natural characteristics. Indeed, this fact is not the point for disappointment. Yes, you would not be able to invest in diamonds in the accustomed manner but you have the chance to master new investment ways. There are some investigations on using man-made diamonds as the tool for sustainability. Thus, one of the latest projects, EU-funded DIACAT project aimed at developing diamond-based technology removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. If considering, the gas causes the primary warming effect and is the core reason of climate changes, such application provides the unlimited opportunities.