Check out the new ep of The Diamond Disruptor podcast - a close look at Mining Vs. Culturing w/ Dr. Saleem H. Ali

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If you missed our ‘Controversy: Part 1,’ installment from a few months back with MiaDonna jewellery founder Anna-Mieke Anderson and International Grown Diamonds Association secretary Dick Garard, please check it out on any streaming platform to catch up!

In this CONTROVERSY series, we’ve been examining the myriad of controversies and detrimental effects that mining for diamonds has, for over a century now, wreaked upon this Earth – detriments, which, those who support sustainable interests got a harsh reminder of when the DPA report was released last May, comparing mining to cultured.


The DPA report, for those of you listening for the first time, was paid for by the largest mining companies. It made numerous claims regarding the safety for Earth that mining for diamonds provides versus growing them in labs.

This DPA report, we want to point out, does not contain ALL bad research. The issues stem from the AREAS of research which the report focuses on. Investigative journalists (like Gizmodo’s Maddie Stone who we covered in Part 1), scientists and environmentalists alike have provided strong evidence that important factors of both diamond mining and cultured diamond creating, which would have given us a more TOTAL picture of mining vs. culturing, were left out of the report to make mined diamonds seem safer.

So, what does this mean? Well, it suggests a heavy bias towards diamond mining in this DPA report. I mean, when you’re done reading this report, it suggests, more or less, that cultured diamonds are BAD.

Fans of Lark & Berry and sustainable fashion and jewellery know: Cultured diamonds are real diamonds. They’re the only diamonds on the planet guaranteed to be 100% conflict free. The cultured diamonds business, every step of the process, NEVER funds any black market economy in impoverished nations.

With cultured diamonds, there’s no land displacement. No wildlife displacement. No animals ever harmed. No ground water pollution. No chemicals released into ground waters.

With cultured, there’s no reason to ever mine again.

We’re excited to bring you this talk with Saleem H. Ali, as he brings us the facts that only a Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware can – one, who in 2010, was selected by National Geographic as an "emerging explorer" with a profile appearing in the June 2010 issue of the magazine.

Dr. Ali points out, among other things, that the DPA report didn’t take into account things like EXPLORATORY mining when examining the carbon footprint left by that industry. There's so much digging done by emissions-spewing heavy machinery BEFORE mining even begins. And then, of course, the mining itself takes place. We don’t need to remind you what that does to plants, people, wildlife and land…

And, if you’ve heard Part 1 of our podcast series, you might recall the UN-backed Kimberley Process, in place for decades now to vet the conflict-free status of mined diamonds. Problem is, conflict diamond mining STILL continues today. There’s literally no way to ensure any mined diamond is 100% conflict-free – and Dr. Ali is on board, in this episode, to illuminate the problems with the Kimberley Process and how we can all try and do better.

That’s just some of what Dr. Ali has to say on this whole DPA report debacle. Hope you enjoy the episode – the fight for saving this planet with the most responsibly sourced materials for clothing, jewellery and more is far from over and we thank you for joining us… and rest assured, we’ll keep covering this fight in future episodes!