WE'D LIKE TO SHARE OUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET WITH YOU...
Diamonds can be dirtily mined and the process of digging up the ground has a hugely negative impact on the surrounding landscape and natural environment. Diamonds can also be dirtily used to support war, conflict, and human suffering. We all know that even the most beautiful things in the world can be dirty - like diamonds.
We want our diamonds and stones to have a positive impact.
So what’s our secret?
At Lark & Berry our diamonds are NOT mined. We have chosen to use cultured diamonds and stones, perfected by people, that we are proud to say go beyond conflict-free.
How can we say this?
Because we work with the people who grow and nurture our diamonds and gemstones. Yes, you heard correctly, grow them! Using innovative technology in a lab. Magic! OK, not quite magic, but we like to think of our cultured stones as our own little miracles created by our alchemists. (And not a unicorn in sight.)
We don’t expect to clean up the diamond industry overnight and change the world but, with you, we can create a band of merry diamond disruptors to shake things up one piece of Lark & Berry jewellery at a time.
SURPRISINGLY, IT IS POSSIBLE TO LEARN ALL ABOUT CULTURED DIAMONDS WITHOUT NEEDING A PHD.
Cultured or ‘lab-grown’ diamonds are still diamonds. 100% Diamonds. Such that to the naked eye or with the strongest loupe, not even a gemologist can tell them apart, because there is nothing to tell apart!
They are comprised of the same chemical crystal compound as their mined counterparts.They’re all made in a controlled environment, which mimics the natural process of diamond formation in nature, deep inside the Earth’s mantle. The process is far quicker and cleaner and forms the purest category of diamond - the Type IIa - which is so rare in nature that only 2% of mined diamonds found are of this superior quality.
Cultured diamonds are truly the way forward plus choosing Lark & Berry means you really can have luxury for less… Our diamonds produce less emissions, less waste, use less water and have less environmental impact than mined stones. So, in this instance, less is definitely more and that’s certainly true of our cultured diamonds.
Oh, and did we mention they are beyond conflict-free? No mining nor exploitation of local communities has taken place.
BUT, WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER STONES YOU USE?
Not only do we use cultured diamonds in our jewellery but all of our gemstones are cultured too.
This means that they are of a higher calibre than their mined counterparts. The only difference being - you guessed it - less emissions, less waste, less water and less environmental impact.And to top that off, they’re also beyond conflict-free, since no mining nor profiteering of local communities has taken place.
Exactly like our diamonds.
SO, WHAT’S IN A DIAMOND......?
Whoever said “three is a magic number” was definitely onto something.
At Lark & Berry, we ensure your diamonds have that magic number, with the perfect colour, clarity and cut.
WELCOME TO THE SCHOOL OF ROCK...
Our stones are all superior or equal to F in the colour grade the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) uses for diamonds, a ranking which ranges from D-Z; colourless (D) - this is the best; to yellow or brown (Z) - this is bad.
Why does the GIA grading system start a D?
We know. You’re probably wondering why the GIA hasn’t done the obvious by beginning their grading system at letter A instead of D.Well, first of all, it’s nothing to do with the fact that the first letter of diamonds is a D. Although that might have made perfect sense. No, it’s actually because the first official diamond grading chart created by the London Diamond Syndicate was very complicated.
In order to sort through rough diamonds for sale, graders determined diamond colours using a very complicated system of categories like: A, AA, AAA, 1, 2, 3, Roman Numerals (I, II, III) and terms such as river, cape, blue white, gem blue, golconda etc… You can see where the confusion would arise! Frankly, it was all inconsistent and inaccurate. Eventually, the GIA put their capes on and swooped in to save the day with a more efficient method - the Color Grading System.
To avoid associating their newer version with the former, mind-boggling chart, the GIA decided to start their Color Grading System at the thus-far unused letter D. And everyone stopped scratching their heads.
Lark & Berry diamonds are all superior or equal to G in colour so they fit comfortably into the colourless category. Dare we say, pretty much as perfect as you can get.
So, how flawless is your Lark & Berry diamond?
Our stones are a minimum of VS+ in clarity, which means they are Very Slightly included. So the inclusions, or natural marks, inside the diamond are minor and fairly difficult for a diamond grader to inspect, even with a magnifying glass that makes your diamond ten times bigger!
An astronaut in space may have better luck spotting us humans!
Simply put, you can’t see any of these inclusions with the naked eye. In diamond terms, our cultured diamonds are eye-clean.Clarity.....and a clear conscience!
Now, we understand you’ll want your diamond to sparkle brighter than the sun. So let’s break down the cut of diamonds.Firstly, we realise many confuse the cut and shape of a diamond as the same thing - shape actually refers to whether the stone is crafted into a pear, heart, oval, marquise, cat, dog… OK, maybe not the animals but you get the point.
So back to the diamond cut. For many, the true beauty of a diamond rests in its dazzle. At Lark & Berry, we make sure our diamonds have a superb cut to achieve the greatest brilliance possible. We love that whilst admiring your gorgeous piece of Lark & Berry jewellery as it sparkles, your mind will be at ease with the knowledge that the diamonds you see are of the highest quality, as well as being sustainable - which you’ll no doubt love too. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say: there’s nothing guilty in the pleasure of Lark & Berry diamonds!