Recently, artificial stones such as moissanite and synthetic diamond have come to the forefront as environmentally friendly stones. Actor and famous Leonardo DiCaprio has also invested in a synthetic diamond maker in Silicon Valley. Many celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Emma Watson, and Meghan also wear synthetic diamonds, and ethical/sustainable jewelry and fashion are popular overseas as one of fashionable items.
Are artificial gems such as moissanite and synthetic diamonds really eco-friendly compared to natural diamonds?
The bottom line is that artificial gemstones are generally more environmentally friendly than natural diamonds (a personal opinion only). However, some mines are mining natural diamonds with due consideration to environmental issues.
◼️ Specifically, what is ethical and sustainable?
Diamond has the following problems.
- Conflict diamond
- Working environment/child labor
- Environment issues
1. Conflict diamond
Speaking of conflict diamonds, the movie called "Blood Diamond", which had a reaction to Leonardo DiCaprio, was well-known. It is a story that ends up. Child labor is commonplace, and the worst is brainwashing with drugs, etc., and becoming a child soldier. Most of the conflict areas are in Africa.
Currently, the extreme environment of this movie is gone, but it is not zero. At present, there is a system called the Kimberley Process to prove that it is not a conflict diamond. The international certification system, which came into effect in January 2003, prohibits participating countries from importing and exporting rough diamonds in conflict areas that do not have a Kimberley certificate. Imports from countries not participating in the Kimberley Process are also prohibited. Such diamonds are called conflict-free diamonds.
However, this Kimberley process is problematic and is a certificate for diamond rough only and is not tracked after it has been cut. Also, because we do not issue a certificate for each gemstone, it is a certificate for one box (for example, one box containing 10 gemstones), so each gemstone actually came from It is said that tracking is difficult.
Moreover, it is said that conflict diamonds easily fall into the market as diamonds go through many inflows such as intermediaries, importers and exporters, and cutting factories before they reach the market. Furthermore, only officially approved mines are allowed to find diamonds, but there are also many informal mines, which are readily available on the market, he said. It's a small substance, so it's easy to take it across the border. However, it is also true that the distribution of conflict diamonds has declined significantly due to the Kimberley process.
2. Working environment and child labor
However, even if the outflow of conflict diamonds is largely resolved, the dangerous working environment and child labor will not be resolved.
Most workers work lightly without wearing a helmet. Sometimes they slip from the mine and die, and many child laborers are hired at cheap wages and work every day without breaks. Although it varies depending on the country, there are also environments where you cannot earn 100 yen even if you work all day.
The International Labor Organization recognizes that child labor working in mines is dangerous and hazardous, and it is currently being worked and ingested in a harsh environment.
3. Environmental issues
Natural diamonds require extensive mine development to be excavated. It is said that 2.5 million tons of soil is dug to excavate 1 ct of good quality diamond. But an African journalist on a documentary about the Kimberley process said he would dig an average of 5 tonnes of soil to get 1ct. There is a big difference, but there is no doubt that large-scale mining development is necessary anyway. This is likely to lead to the destruction of the ecosystem, and it is also a fact that the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and the amount of water used at that time are very large.
◼️ Artificial jewels almost clear the above problem?
Natural diamonds have these problems, but artificial gemstones such as moissanite and synthetic diamonds are not used as conflict funds, nor do they have to own a mine, so there is no dangerous labor or child labor. .. But what about environmental issues? For example, synthetic diamond is manufactured by HPHT (high pressure and high temperature) or CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) growth method, but it is said that it takes several weeks to make 1 ct. During that time, it emits a large amount of carbon dioxide because it continues to use large amounts of electrical energy. Compared to mining natural diamonds, the amount of electric energy is less, so comparing synthetic diamonds may be better for the environment, but depending on how you look at it, it may be a world with 50 steps and 100 steps.
By the way, the moysanite handled by GYPPHY uses the material (SiC) that is the base of the power semiconductor, which has the same elemental structure, as the base material for the power semiconductor. It does not use energy.
◼️ There are environmentally friendly ethical diamonds in natural diamonds.
So far you might think that natural diamonds are a bad gem for the environment, but there are actually mines that take the environment into consideration. Considering the working environment as well, eliminating child labor, providing non-conflict diamonds through thorough traceability management, and managing the amount of resources used such as electric energy and water. There are not many such mines yet, but there are many diamonds that can be purchased with peace of mind. In particular, some major famous jewelry brands control the distribution of diamonds from upstream to downstream, which is a relief.
It's my personal opinion, but if you want to buy natural diamond jewelry from a Japanese brand, then EARTHRISE is recommended. Anyway, we are thorough as ethical jewelry. HASUNA is also famous for its ethical jewelry brand. The bullion used for both is fair mined gold, and because it is particular about ethical, it may be said that it is much more ethical jewelry than jewelry selling synthetic diamond etc. It's just my opinion).
◼️ It is also important to investigate thoroughly if you are uneasy.
If you are worried about purchasing, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer before you get hungry and purchase. If you have any questions with GYPPHY, please feel free to contact us (^ ^)