Diamonds can travel through the hands of many dealers until they reach their final destination in a beautiful piece of jewellery. For us, it's vital that we can trace ours back through these long and fragmented journeys to their sources. In the context of newly mined stones, a diamond's country and mine of origin is key to defining its ethical credentials. We work with carefully selected diamond suppliers who can provide us with this information.
We understand that the Kimberley Process - developed in 2003 with the aim of eradicating conflict diamonds - is flawed by a number of loopholes. That's why we go above and beyond to ensure that our diamonds have no ties to corruption or exploitation.
For starters, the Kimberley Process' definition of 'conflict diamonds' relates only to uncut stones, failing to take into consideration the working conditions and political climates of the cutting, polishing or distributing processes. Furthermore, the certification is only applied to collections of rough diamonds - never to a single rough stone. This makes one conflict diamond within an aggregate of conflict-free rough diamonds virtually impossible to identify.
We're romantic at heart. What we love most about natural diamonds is their magic. There are few things as beautiful as a miracle grown over thousands of years by Mother Nature.
Lab-grown diamonds don't boast the same unique lifestories as natural stones, but they can be fun to work with, enabling us as jewellery designers to choose from a spectrum of cuts and colours at a fraction of the traditional price. Though lab-grown diamonds still require energy to grow - with CO2 emissions far from minimal - they're somewhat ecological in that they don't require further mining. It's worth bearing in mind, however, that some lab-grown diamonds are more sustainable than others. You can learn more about these differences here.
If you have your heart set on a lab-grown stone, please get in touch. We're open to exploring the options available to us.
Historically, the diamonds of the highest value are those that are colourless, symmetrical and lacking defects. If there's any such thing as 'perfect' then diamonds of this calibre are it. In our opinion, however, 'perfect' doesn't exist; we believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
A salt and pepper diamond is a diamond with a particularly high volume of black and white inclusions. Inclusions are small internal ‘birthmarks’ that develop throughout the lengthy process of formation, appearing in the form of clouds, feathers, grains, needles or pinpoints.
Sadly traceable salt and pepper diamonds with sound ethical credentials are few and far between, so we don't stumble upon these one-in-a-million wonders all that often. However, we're always ready to try our best!