Researches in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, have reportedly created a synthetic diamond harder than any earth mined diamond, capable of withstanding extreme temperatures and conditions.
The team at Yanshan University who created this stone, say this new man-made diamond (or lab-created diamond) could be used within industrial tools or instruments, withstanding extreme conditions unlike any previous man-made alternative.
So what does this mean for the jewelry industry? Time will tell, but the possibility of a superior strength man-made diamond can only add to the appeal of an eco-friendly alternative when shopping for the perfect engagement ring.
The full article from mining.com an be viewed here.
on Monday, June 23, 2014
JCK Las Vegas turned on the glitz and glam for MiaDonna® and the jewelry industry at large with its 23rd annual show held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino from May 30 – June 2, 2014.
According to JCK online, the event boasted strong sales, more than 3,000 buyers and an incredible selection of new product from over 2,500 jewelry industry exhibitors. We were especially thrilled to see a strong representation of man-made diamonds and lab created gems, proving yet again that the eco-conscious consumer is here to stay!
Highlights from the four day event included:
- A morning breakfast keynote from ABC Shark Tank personality and the founder of FUBU, Damon John, hosted by the Plum Club. We even had the opportunity to meet Damon for a personal book signing post event – a highlight of the morning. The Plum Club finished the day by hosting an evening gala with comedian and TV personality, Jerry Seinfeld.
- Educational sessions with jewelry industry experts who gave us some wonderful insights into market trends and new product development. We even took away some essential tips that will be put on show at our new Portland, Oregon showroom.
- A stunning display of engagement rings, wedding bands and other bridal jewelry from a selection of local and international designers made this years event a true standout.
- Matchbox 20 frontman, Rob Thomas, performed to over 5,000 JCK attendees at the closing ‘JCK Rocks the Beach’ event.
- And last but not least, it turned out the MiaDonna Press Survival Kit was a standout within the years media room, with our goody-packed “bribe” flying off the shelves within the first 24 hours. At this stage it managed to get us at least one showroom press release. Thanks idexonline.com!
Below is a collection of MiaDonna snapshots from the 2014 JCK event.
on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
New York | 11.2013
“My boyfriend and I just got engaged. He had been planning our engagement for 6 months beforehand. I had told him 1 or 2 yrs earlier that I wanted to get my ring from Mia Donna.I first learned of Mia Donna in an environmental health class I took in college. I knew that Mia Donna was the company I wanted to buy my ring from because I wanted a conflict free ring and was amazed at the prospect that a company existed that gave couples the rings of their dreams without the casualties and conflict that surrounds the diamond industry. My boyfriend searched other companies and even went to jewelry stores and after some time was set on Mia Donna…We couldn’t be happier with the end result. I absolutely love my ring. I couldn’t be more happy with it. It’s gorgeous and I am so excited that I can get a matching wedding band as well. The day he proposed couldn’t have been more perfect, and the ring was the icing on the cake. I get to spend my life with the most amazing man, and I get to know that my ring didn’t cost a lifetime worth of savings nor did anyone get hurt in the process of its making.”
“Thank you Mia Donna for doing something that from what I know not many if any companies do. Thank you for providing amazing products, customer service, and variety. I know my fiance was extremely pleased with how you made such a big decision so much easier with how simple your website layout was. It had all the important information for every question one has about the rings you offer. It is simply amazing that this company steps above the rest and offers a service/product that makes the world a better place. Thank you for being a part of our day. I’m so happy with our decision to have your ring on my finger.”
- Ring: Helen Accented Engagement Ring
- Center Stone: Princess Cut 2.5ct MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid®
- Eco-Friendly Metal: Palladium
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on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
MiaDonna & Company®, the online boutique that has brought unrivaled quality, design and luxury to hand crafted Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands using Man-Made Diamonds, Diamond Hybrids® and Lab Created Gemstones, is very excited to announce the opening of a new showroom on July 7th, 2014 in America’s Greenest City, Portland, Oregon.
Envisioned by MiaDonna CEO, Anna-Mieke Anderson, the new space exudes timeless luxury and provides a comfortable and intimate setting. The showroom is adorned with rich, beautiful furnishings with displays placed elegantly throughout the room that feature an extensive collection of perfectly designed MiaDonna® hand crafted fine Jewelry.
Shown by appointment only, our personal shopper’s time and attention is devoted especially to you while you are here. We are certain you will feel at home sitting before our fireplace, enjoying a glass of bubbly and discussing your “dream” Engagement Ring. We encourage you to bring along friends or family members to view our available options and help choose the design you have always envisioned.
We couldn’t be more excited to begin meeting our customers in person – we look forward to meeting you and making your dreams come true! Make your personal shopping appointment here: http://miaco.us/showroom
on Thursday, June 5, 2014
Markup from earth-mined diamond jewelers can be as much as 100-200%. That’s the equivalent of paying $200 for a bunch of bananas. If you’re willing to pay that kind of markup for something that grows naturally and in abundance, well, you’re crazy. Of course, the 800 lb. gorillas who dominate the $7 billion a year diamond industry need the general public to falsely believe in scarcity of diamonds to justify their offensive pricing and practices. Fortunately for consumers there is an alternative and its consumption is on the rise. Man-made diamonds, also known as lab-grown, lab-created, or cultured diamonds, are 100% real diamonds and they are chemically and optically identical to earth-mined diamonds. However, unlike earth-mined diamonds, they are eco-friendly and conflict-free. Oh also, they retail for much less.
Many traditional diamond jewelers claim their gems are conflict-free, but the hard truth is that the only way to ensure that a diamond is conflict-free is to grow it in a lab. The United Nations defines conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, as “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.” Over the past decade, under mounting pressure from environmental and humanitarian advocate groups, diamond distributors have adopted stricter policies, but so many loopholes exist that even well-meaning earth-mined diamond retailers are inadvertently selling illegitimate diamonds to unsuspecting customers. In December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution supporting the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds called The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). It’s a United Nations-backed certification program meant to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the global supply chain. However, it is a self-policing pledging system that is open to all countries that are willing and able to implement its requirements. This means that not everyone is required to participate and those who do are operating under the honor code. The KPCS is not a legally binding contract between member countries, the only enforceable laws related to the trade of conflict diamonds are written and enforced internally by each country individually. The KPCS has received much criticism for its inability to enforce its own policies. Moreover, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme doesn’t even begin to address the severe environmental repercussions from diamond mining. Because this obvious work-around exists, it’s impossible to verify the origin of an earth-mined diamond. And that means the only truly conflict-free diamonds are man-made diamonds.
On November 9, 2013 De Beers released a booklet to its sightholders (authorized bulk purchasers of rough earth-mined diamonds) titled “Undisclosed Synthetics: What you need to know.” In it, De Beers CEO, Phillippe Mellier warned that using the word ‘diamond’ to describe or identify any object or product not meeting the definition of natural diamond is a violation of the company’s best practices. Here’s why that’s a problem. Although it’s true that, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), distributors and sellers are required to use appropriate modifiers to describe unnatural diamonds, the fact is that man-made diamonds are still diamonds. That statement sure makes it seem Mr. Mellier is intent on propagating a lie to the public that man-made diamonds are not real diamonds. It’s just simply isn’t true and De Beers knows it. After receiving some backlash from the release of the directive, Mellier retracted his previous statement and amended it in December 2013 to say, “Never use the unqualified word ‘diamond’ to describe or identify any object or product not meeting the World Jewelry Confederation (CIBJO) and FTC definition.” By the same logic we should all cease to call the ice that is made in our kitchen freezers ‘ice’ without a qualifier. Ice is ice whether it’s formed in Antarctica or in my freezer. Again, they are chemically and optically identical.
I can’t say I’m surprised by their behavior. I mean, if word gets out that people can purchase real diamonds that are man-made and certified conflict-free for much less than they would pay to the De Beers empire for an ethically questionable earth-mined diamond, well that would really stifle their profit margins wouldn’t it? What I am surprised by, however, is that De Beers would so unabashedly dismiss the value of man-made diamonds while not so secretly mass producing man-made diamonds themselves.
Creating synthetic diamonds for industrial purposes to coat saws, drill bits, and grinding wheels has been common since the 1950s. And wouldn’t you know it De Beers was in on the creation of man-made diamonds right from the start. You see, in 1946, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, who famously controlled De Beers in South Africa from 1927 to 1957, created the company Industrial Distributors Limited to focus on the industrial uses of natural diamonds. By 1953, the first synthetic diamonds had been created and by 1960, the company had started manufacturing synthetic diamonds in South Africa. Today, they operate many distribution sites around the world including South Africa, Belgium, The Netherlands and England. I suppose it could be a mere coincidence that these places also happen to be the biggest consumer diamond markets in the world. In 2002, the company rebranded its name to Element Six and changed its business focus to building an enterprise based on advanced material applications and exploring new markets for its materials. That’s an interesting play for a company that made its fortune off the consumer diamond trade. I wonder what their research and development team could possibly be working on when they note in their marketing collateral that they are working on new, proprietary products, to explore and develop novel applications and markets for their synthetic diamonds. Could De Beers be preparing for conflict-diamond blowback by quietly creating lab-grown gems of their own so that when the market shifts they can maintain their global dominance in the diamond trade?