Diamonds occur naturally deep inside the earth. They are carried to the earth’s surface through volcanic activity that creates what are called ‘kimberlite pipes’. Kimberlite is the cooled volcanic rock and is what diamonds are extracted from. Each year, over 150 million carats of diamonds are mined from the earth. To find one carat of diamond, many tons of earth need to be removed and processed.
Creating awareness of labor and environmental issues during mining, cutting and manufacturing is certainly important when buying mined diamonds, though even carefully sourced mined diamonds still have a large environmental impact. Laboratory grown diamonds on the other hand only use a modest amount of electricity and resources. Our diamonds are hand-cut in the USA and Antwerp, Belgium by skilled laborers and all D.NEA jewelry is manufactured in the USA from recycled metals.