Above ground, also known as lab-grown or ethical diamonds are diamonds, identical to a mined diamond. They are nearly impossible to differentiate from mined diamonds and even experienced gemmologists may not be able to tell the difference, making them the ideal sustainable and ethical option. In fact, the only way to distinguish a lab-grown diamond from a mined diamond is by examining the diamond with specialised laboratory equipment.
Lab-grown, man-made or ethical diamonds, are created in a lab in the same way as they are in nature; using extreme heat and pressure, with the same materials used to create mined diamonds. They are made from pure carbon, crystallized in an isotropic 3D form.
The end result is a brilliant, high-quality ethical diamond with the exact same visual performance as any other diamond mined from the ground.
Ethically sourced diamonds have the exact same visual performance as a diamond mined from the ground.
Above ground diamonds are new age diamonds. They are “smarter” diamonds, particularly when it comes to value. LeiL diamonds are of the highest quality, created to the same exacting standards as mined diamonds, resulting in stones of the same exceptional quality. Above ground diamonds are made for a new age luxury market who treasure fine things yet also prioritise value and smart consumer purchasing.
Above ground diamonds offer the buyer immense value; they’re created with a shorter supply chain and are sold in a highly competitive market. While not necessarily “cheap”, above ground diamonds allow you to own a far higher-quality stone in comparison to purchasing a mined diamond.
Our ethically created diamonds are scaled using the same rating system as mined diamonds. Above ground diamonds have the same hardness, density and chemical composition as diamonds found underneath the ground.
While the above ground diamond industry is growing at an astounding rate, many people are still romanced by the allure of mined diamonds.
While whatever stone you decide to choose is a highly personal choice, the simple fact remains that purchasing above ground diamonds will allow you or your significant other access to a larger and higher-quality stone for less.
The stone you purchase to sit within a beloved jewellery piece is often selected for a lifetime of wear. Whichever stone you settle with should be chosen, loved and cherished without the faintest trace of guilt or uncertainty about its origins.
The need for above ground diamonds has grown dramatically in recent years, due in part to an increasing awareness around conflict diamonds and a growing consumer conscience concerned with the origin of mined diamonds sold all around the world. Consumers are stepping away from mined diamonds due to their humanitarian and environmental cost.
LeiL diamonds are 100% conflict-free, and represent a more responsible choice of stone. Increased demand and the growth of the above ground diamond industry is a testament to the changing consumer perceptions around diamonds, highlighting the desire for change and the desperate need we feel to forge the foundations for a kinder world.
Our pieces are created with 100% transparency. At LeiL, we’re committed to transparency and open to discussing anything to do with our brand; from our diamonds to our processes and everything in between.
Lab-grown diamonds are diamonds, just from a different origin.
Mined diamonds use an astronomical amount of resources to source.
By comparison, above the ground diamonds offer a far more sustainable choice. Diamond mining can often involve the removal of vast amounts of soil in areas so large they can be seen from space. Despite efforts being made to try to reduce the environmental impact of diamond mining, these diamonds still represent a heavy cost to the world around us.