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DIAMOND COMPARISON

 

DIAMOND FACTS

CULTURED DIAMONDS MINED DIAMONDS
Is it a diamond? Yes Yes
Chemical composition Carbon Carbon
Hardness on the Mohs' scale 10 10
Refractive index 2.42 2.42
Gravity 3.52 3.52
Type Rare & Purest Type IIa Only 2% are Type IIa
Origin Diamond Farm Excavation of Earth
Is it fake? No No
Is it artificial? No No
Does the GIA grade them? Yes Yes
Life of a diamond Forever Forever
 

 INDUSTRY FACTS

CULTURED DIAMONDS MINED DIAMONDS
Origin guaranteed? Yes No
Supply guaranteed? Yes No
Employment guaranteed? Yes No
 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT (per carat)


CULTURED DIAMONDS MINED DIAMONDS
Is it eco-friendly? Yes No
Land disturbed for production 0.00000071 hectare 0.00091 hectares
Mineral Waste Disposed 0.0006 tonnes 2.63 tonnes
Water Usage 0.07 m3 0.48 m3
Carbon Emissions 0.028 grams 57000 grams
Sulphur Oxide Emissions N/A 0.014 tonnes
Nitrous Oxide Emissions 0.09mg 0.042 tonnes
Energy Used 250,750,487 Joules 538,577,900 Joules
No. Environmental Incidents Nil 4.5
 
Figures quoted per carat weight. Sources: “Environmental Impact Analysis - Production of Rough Diamond Environmental Impact Assessment” Frost & Sullivan; Brian Farley, Molecular and Cell Biology Postdoc, UC Berkeley, Contributor to Forbes & HuffPost; NextGreenCar.com

SOCIAL IMPACT

CULTURED DIAMONDS MINED DIAMONDS
Is it a conflict diamond? No Not Guaranteed
Engages Bonded Labour? No Not Guaranteed
Engages Child Labour? No Not Guaranteed