How are moissanites helping the planet?
Unlike diamonds and many other gemstones, moissanites aren’t mined. They are as hard, brilliant and long lasting, but they are created from a completely different element originally discovered in the composition of fallen comets. Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created from silicon carbide. As many people know, diamonds are created deep in the earth where carbon experiences immense pressure and condenses over a period of time.
The issue comes when diamonds have to be brought up from below the ground. The process of mining is terrible for the environment, and the disturbance to the existing ecosystems is undeniable. Once mining commences in an area erosion, sinkholes, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, damming of rivers and ponded waters, waste water disposal issues, acid mine drainage and contamination of soil are soon to follow. On top of this the conflicts involving miners and mining corporations as well as the flow of conflict diamonds into the market has tainted the natural diamond industry.
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Consumers have had a paradigm shift over the last decade and with the coronavirus pandemic’s effect taken into consideration it is no surprise to see that moissanite has become increasingly popular as individuals with shared beliefs in environmental and social responsibility look for sustainable alternatives in different facets of their lives. The planet conscious movement is growing in many industries from plant based eating, ethically sourced produce, recycling, eco-friendly vehicles, sustainable clothing and now in the jewellery space with moissanites and other lab grown alternatives providing an ethical and gorgeous option for precious purchases.
It’s encouraging to see the global moissanite market was valued at $31 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $53 million by the end of 2026. A moissanite will last for your entire lifetime without losing its lustre or becoming damaged and be passed down through future generations. If we start using environmentally friendly alternatives and taking steps to preserve the planet we have, hopefully we will be able to have more of those future generations and a beautiful planet for them to enjoy.