The difference between SOLA (ethically sourced diamonds) & mined diamonds

Diamonds are a beautiful creation of nature which comes out as shards of minerals glistening in the sun when stark black coal endures the test of time.

The whole process reminds me of Melody Lee’s quote from Vine: Book of Poetry, “Be patient my little wild one, wondrous things take time. A diamond’s lustre is dull before revealing a brilliant, magnificent, breathtaking shine.”

Though a human always associates diamonds with elegance and opulence, even if you destroy a part of nature, you go out your way to obtain them. Without realising the fact, diamond mining leads to soil erosion, land degradation, deforestation, and multiple environmental problems; you put the best effort to attain the most precious diamond for yourself. However, stop worrying now because the new generation of scientists has come up with an eco-friendly and feasible solution to this problem; SOLA.

To simplify, SOLA, also known as ethically sourced diamonds, are lab-grown diamonds. While possessing properties similar to earth-mined diamonds, they are also highly efficient for the environment. Therefore, over time, ethically sourced diamonds have gained more popularity and demand. For more information, here I am highlighting the differences and similarities between lab-grown and earth-mined diamonds.

Key Differences and Similarities between Lab-Grown and Earth-Mined Diamonds

Scientists obtain lab-grown diamonds from pre-existing small particles of diamonds; whereas, you get earth-mined diamonds from the ground in Kimberlite pipes. However, it takes approximately six to ten weeks for lab-grown diamonds to acquire the other hand. While a diamond mining project can last for several months because its process includes digging up the earth with large and noisy machines along with a considerable amount of manual labour.

Though you have gained adequate information about lab-grown and earth-mined diamonds, let us discuss the most surprising element of these diamonds, which is quality. Both the diamonds have a 10.00 hardness, 3.52 specific gravity, 2000 W/m/K thermal conductivity and deep UV to far IR optical transparency. Furthermore, in comparison to earth-mined diamonds, 100% of lab-grown diamonds meet the quality standards of jewellery. Whereas, in the case of earth-mined diamonds, only 20 per cent can make a pace to the jewellery biz.

Lastly, the most crucial feature is the impact on the environment. Lab-grown diamonds prove themselves impressive with only 1.2 pounds of mineral waste, 0.028 grams of carbon emissions and 18 gallons of water usage when compared to the shocking 5260 pounds of metallic debris, 57,000 grams of carbon emissions and 127 gallons of water usage in case of earth-mined diamonds.


To conclude, no doubt the ethically sourced diamonds check all the boxes for being the perfect diamonds; you cannot deny the authenticity and Genuity of earth-mined diamonds. Ultimately, the true essence of a diamond lies in the thought and effort put into the corresponding act of affection. As Peter Singer said, “Diamonds have an image of purity and light. You give them as a pledge of love and wear as a symbol of commitment!”