This post has been sponsored by Clean Origin. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I am very passionate about leading a more sustainable green lifestyle which is why I am super excited to be partnering with Clean Origin today. Clean Origin is the leading online retailer for lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are man-made diamonds that are a more sustainable and economical choice. There are a few myths out there that lab-grown diamonds aren’t real or aren’t the same quality as mined diamonds. Well, I am so excited to bust that myth for you today and share why Clean Origin diamonds are the better choice for you and the environment.The only thing that makes a lab-grown diamond different is that it is grown inside a lab, rather than sourced from dangerous or conflict-ridden circumstances. Clean Origin uses the same process to create their lab-grown diamonds as a diamond mined from the earth. The only difference is one is pulled from the ground and one is created in a lab. Lab-grown diamonds have the same clarity, quality, and brilliance as their mined counterparts. Plus, with a shorter supply chain lab-grown diamonds are anywhere from 20-30% less expensive than mined diamonds. Which ultimately means… you can purchase a much larger diamond ring!For the past 10-years I have volunteered with sea turtles on my local beach. One morning a week I wake up at 5:15 in the morning and walk a section of beach looking for turtle tracks. More often than not I spend my walk picking up trash. From warming waters causing more jelly fish to wash up this season to more turtle strandings from ingesting plastic, I have seen first hand the effects humans have had on our environment. According to a recent study, “for every carat of diamond that is mined, nearly 100 sq ft of land is disturbed and almost 6000 lbs of mineral waste is created.” I was startled when I read that fact! That seems like an awful lot of waste to produce one diamond ring.Open-pit diamond mines are slowly exhausting their resources so many diamond companies have turned to another process called marine mining. Marine mining removes parts of the seabed with heavy machinery, a process that can cause distress to marine mammals and destruction to the terrain that can take around 10 years to recover. Fishing, plastic pollution, and increased ship traffic are already wreaking havoc on mammals like dolphins, whales, and sharks. You can read even more about the marine mining process on CNN here. Leading a more sustainable life starts with small changes and one of the easiest you can make is to shop from companies that are ethically kind. When you choose a Clean Origin diamond you are making an ethical and sustainable choice.Living in Charleston we have a bevy of wonderful jewelry shops but none that offer lab-grown diamonds. That’s why I love that Clean Origin is based online, you can shop anywhere! The Clean Origin team understands that purchasing an engagement or wedding ring is an exciting and sometimes daunting process. You will wear these rings for your entire life and may even pass them down to future generations. The founder of Clean Origin comes from three generations of diamond industry experts. Their passion is their customers and creating the best diamond jewelry, that is why they have chosen to only use lab-created diamonds. Their website is full of all of the information you need to make an informed decision about which diamond ring to purchase. They even offer online chat and 100-day return policy so that you can be completely comfortable and confident in your diamond purchase. When you’re based in a small seaside town or on the coast, ordering online is an invaluable asset – especially when you can order with confidence.
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