The Apollo and Artemis Diamonds, the most valuable earrings ever to appear at auction, unveiled at Sotheby’s on April 10, 2017 in London, England. Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby'sSociety The World
Here’s How You Can Have All the Bling, Without the Guilt
Diamonds may last forever, but since the industry heavily relies on unethical labor and environmentally destructive mining practices, alternatives are available to align with humane and respectful values.
The International Gem Society shed some light on a wide variety of diamond alternatives, including cubic zirconia, moissanite, white sapphire, and morganite. Vintage diamonds are also a good option to consume existing stones instead of contributing to expanding the flawed diamond industry.
Cubic zirconia is a cheap alternative, but it doesn’t last long. It will shine for about 2 years and a half, contrary to moissanite which, according to the fine jewelry company Ritani, is made to remain bright and beautiful forever, much like the real deal. White sapphire, a colorless version of the traditionally blue precious stone, is a highly durable alternative at a fraction of the diamond’s price. More often than not, diamond alternatives are more sustainably and ethically sourced than traditional ones. Having said that, researching companies is always in order before supporting them.