Consumers who worry that diamonds cause conflict or trigger human rights and environmental issues often ask me how they can still wear diamonds and feel good about it. Well, if you have the same questions, I have several good solutions for you.

As the creator of a lab-grown diamond jewelry brand, I hope you’ll consider a lab-grown diamond first. You can certainly trace its origin to a lab, and you don’t have to worry about a diamond mine where workers are ill-treated, or that’s located in a country where diamonds are being used to fuel conflict. And, though the creation of a lab-grown diamond uses energy, we know that compared to mined diamonds, the environmental toll is much lower.

In addition, lab-grown diamonds have all the other great features that make them so perfect for jewelry: Because they’re physically, chemically, optically, thermally, and visually identical to mined diamonds, you can be assured they also have the same hardness, durability, brilliance and sparkle you’re looking for in gems you hope to wear for a lifetime and pass on to your heirs. Lab-grown diamonds will last FOREVER, and, by the way, this is why they will also retain their value.

If you have your heart set on a diamond that grew in the heat and pressure of earth’s depths, however, there are a few other options. Some people are lucky enough to inherit diamond jewelry, which can be recycled into brand new designs. Others buy antique diamonds, widely available. These two options are what I consider “Recycled-Diamonds,” and neither of them impacts the environment or contributes to present-day conflicts.

So, how is a diamond ethically produced? The answer is that such a diamond helps the human race by avoiding harm to people and the environment. I believe that AIDIA lab-grown diamonds fit this definition. As well, they also add to a shrinking mined diamond supply, so they provide additional raw materials to diamond cutters and polishers who need the work. I hope you’ll agree.