September 25th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
While weddings can be viewed as very indulgent occasions that are all about the bride and groom, they can also provide a beautiful opportunity to think about others, and even to help raise awareness of a charity, foundation or project close to the couple’s hearts.
We’ve seen caring brides and grooms make charitable donations in place of favours or instead of requesting traditional wedding gifts. Others have picked settings or venues that are linked to community projects or whereby the hire fee will support the ongoing maintenance of a historic building. Then there are those that recruit suppliers who pride themselves on offering eco-friendly products – from vegan-friendly bridal shoes and gowns to recycled card invites and organic cakes.
And the considerate supplier we’re introducing you to on the blog today also falls into this latter category by producing beautiful engagement and wedding rings and accessories made using lab-grown diamonds and recycled metals. So, join us as we welcome the wonderful team from MiaDonna to the blog.
Keen to see an end to unethical diamond mining and spread the word of eco-friendly jewels, they’re taking over Brides Up North this afternoon with a special post to highlight the benefits of lab-grown diamonds while showcasing a selection of their gorgeous wedding and engagement rings, for sensitivity that sparkles.
miadonna say: Imagine being the first among your friends to claim your engagement ring is entirely conflict-free. Well we have great news for you! MiaDonna is an online-based jeweller that offers completely affordable and ethical engagement rings, wedding rings and accessories that have the environment’s best interests at heart.
When purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it’s important to consider the physical qualities like cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. But have you ever asked where the diamond came from or who was affected in the process? Consider lab-grown diamonds! They are becoming increasingly popular in engagement rings, but there are still many who don’t understand the excitement and benefits behind these ethical diamonds.
In 2005, MiaDonna began its journey to create an alternative to conflict diamonds. The company upholds their mission to provide consumers conflict-free lab-created diamonds that support global rehabilitation and the prevention of harm to societies. Ever heard of blood or conflict diamonds? These terms highlight the reality of the active diamond mining trade around the world. To this day, these diamonds are mined in war zones and sold to support insurgency.
In 2000, the United Nations established the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in an effort to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the rough diamond market. Unfortunately, this process has proven to be unsuccessful. The KPCS defines “conflict diamonds” as “a rough diamond mined in an area controlled by insurgent forces whose sale is used to finance anti-government military action”. As a result, diamonds that are being mined under horrific conditions but don’t directly fund armed forces are still considered “clean” and sold to unassuming diamond consumers who think they are purchasing conflict-free stones. Not only does this directly contribute to the abuse of diamond mining communities, but it also damages the earth. Each year, more than 150 million carats of diamonds are mined from the earth, which leaves behind gaping holes and large amounts of displaced soil.
Lab-grown diamonds are pure carbon diamonds that are grown in highly-controlled laboratory conditions that simulate the earth’s growing process. This process produces an ethical diamond identical in every way to mined diamonds on the market! Plus, these conflict-free stones are affordably priced up to 40% less than earth-mined diamonds, giving you flexibility to truly design a ring that reflects your personality and fits your budget. MiaDonna is changing the way consumers think about and shop for diamonds. They provide choices that are sustainable without any cost to the environment or native communities.
There have been positive strides in the diamond industry, but conflict diamonds are not a thing of the past. MiaDonna provides the opportunity to feel good about your ethically-produced engagement ring. In addition to using lab-grown diamonds, they also use eco-friendly recycled metals such as 14k or 18k white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, or palladium. Need another reason to choose MiaDonna? Every piece is handcrafted from scratch in the United States. But don’t worry, they ship all over the world!
If you’re still not sold on lab-grown diamonds, let the reward of giving back persuade you! MiaDonna works in unison with its foundation, The Greener Diamond, and donates at least five per cent of annual profits to rebuild and repair the land and lives damaged by the conflict-mining industry. The foundation’s focus is on providing resources for communities to grow food instead of mining for diamonds. As a MiaDonna customer, you join the conflict-free movement and your love becomes part of the solution.
Now for the eye candy! These beautifully designed lab-grown diamond engagement rings are just a taste of MiaDonna’s extensive collection of styles. Whether you love simplicity or a statement piece, there’s something for everyone.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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