We've recently expanded our online selection of gold and diamond rings, and we'd like to highlight why we only work with lab-grown diamonds.
Over the past few years, one of the most prominent trends in the jewellery sector has been the emergence of man-made diamonds. They are made through a process known as "chemical vapour deposition", or CVD. During this process, a thin ‘seed’ diamond is placed inside a sealed chamber and subjected to extremely high temperatures. Then, a carbon-rich gas mixture is introduced into the chamber. The gases are ionized to break down their molecular bonds, allowing the pure carbon to attach itself to the diamond seed. As the carbon builds up, it forms atomic bonds with the seed diamond, resulting in the growth of a new, larger diamond. Estimates vary, but it is generally considered to take about a month to grow a 1ct CVD diamond.
What we like about lab-grown diamonds is that they have the same physical, chemical and optical properties as mined diamonds. They not only offer excellent value, but they are an environmentally friendlier choice given that no mining is required.
Of course, CVD has its own set of environmental issues (principally its energy intensity) and to mitigate them we work only with suppliers who are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). RJC is an international body, headquartered in London, that certifies fine jewellery product manufacturers and suppliers for responsible ethical, social, and environmental practices throughout their operations. Certification and membership requires an independent third party audit covering all aspects of operations, from supply chain and production to business ethics and employee health and safety.
We have a number of ready-made diamond rings listed on our site, but please don't feel constrained by what you see on our site. Since we create everything in house, you can design your very own ring - the diamond size, shape, setting, and band metal. It would take about 3 weeks for us to custom design your ring.
If you're interested in this free, no-obligation service, simply schedule a virtual appointment with one of our consultants in Iceland, and we'll be very happy to advise you about all the options and show you our wider selection of rings which we have in our store.