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Where to buy the best lab-grown diamond jewellery

Including the labels worn and loved by celebrities

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Just as with every other part of our wardrobes, there are more opportunities than ever to be sustainable and environmentally friendly when it comes to purchasing jewellery.

Diamonds, thanks to their vast heritage and reputation as the most-prized precious stones, will doubtless always be a girls’ best friend – and so the luxury jewellery market continues to boom. While leading jewellery houses such as Chopard, Tiffany & Co and Cartier promote responsible mining – using known sources, recycled materials and certified mines – outside of those recognisable houses, there can be questionable methods of production and links to conflict.

Kimai is one of many lab-grown diamond brands gaining popularity, even with the royals as the Duchess of Sussex is a fan of the brand. Co-founder Jessica Warch, who launched Kimai with Sidney Neuhaus, notes how the industry lends itself to a much-needed refresh.

“The engagement ring market is really ripe for modernisation,” Warch previously told us. “Traditionally, there are a lot of ‘rules’ around shopping for one, from how much you should spend to where and how to choose a ring and that women aren’t a part of the process. But we had more and more people coming to us, both individually and in couples, to enquire about bespoke engagement-ring designs – and we realised there was an opportunity to speak to a more modern, consciously-minded customer.”

Many labels are prioritising responsibility, by choosing to use laboratory-grown diamonds rather than their natural counterparts, in an effort to have a more ethical and sustainable footprint. With a less harmful impact on our planet, it's no wonder that many celebrities are choosing lab-grown diamond brands, but it can also be good for your bank account. The process of creating a diamond in a lab is also more cost-effective, meaning that the pieces can be retailed for less.

And, it's important to remember that whether it's jewellery or clothes, if you aren't looking after your items in the right way to make them last a lifetime, then all your efforts to become more of a conscious shopper will go to waste. In the same way as caring for your wardrobe in the right way is so important, looking after your jewellery box is too. Whether it's caring for your pieces at home, or taking them to be professionally cleaned, ensure to invest in your pieces long after you've made the purchase.

Below, we round up 10 of the best brands to shop now and wear forever, which only use lab-grown diamonds.

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1 Or & Elle

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Luxury diamond atelier Or & Elle uses lab-grown diamonds and recycled gold in its timeless designs. Born out of a fourth-generation family Atelier in Antwerp, the brand was founded to shepherd century-old craftsmanship and expertise into a new era of sustainability and transparency.

2 Smiling Rocks

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Smiling Rocks prioritises luxury, transparency and responsibility with its lab-grown diamond label. Founders Zulu Ghevriya and Manish Jiwani created the brand to leave a positive footprint for the next generations, preserve the planet and help communities in need. Plenty of celebrities can be counted as fans of the jeweller, with Olivia Colman wearing Smiling Rocks' earrings to this year's Vanity Fair Oscar party.

With every purchase made from the jeweller, 10 percent is donated to your choice of charity.

3 Matilde

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Matilde’s aim is simple – to make sustainable jewellery without compromising on quality or design. Striving for change, the brand uses solely lab-grown diamonds and 100 per cent recycled gold. Its conscious practices go further than the production process, as Matilde maintains a close relationship with both its suppliers and manufacturers to ensure employees across the business are content.

4 Vrai

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Vrai's diamonds are sustainably grown in America with no carbon footprint or mining, in a zero-emission foundry powered 100 per cent by the Columbia River in America's Pacific West. The diamonds are then cut and polished by impeccable craftsmanship, transformed into delicate fine jewellery. It's no wonder that many celebrities have been spotted wearing the brand on the red carpet, from Kendall Jenner to Samira Wiley.

5 Queensmiths

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Create your perfect lab-grown engagement ring with the experts as Queensmiths, based in London's iconic Hatton Garden, which has long been the centre for quality crafted engagement rings. Queensmiths offers crafted rings set with ethical, lab-grown diamonds to celebrate in not only style, but consciously too.

6 Lark & Berry

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Lark & Berry is a luxury jewellery label that is leading the way when it comes to conscious diamonds. Launched in 2018 by Laura Chavez, it is already a favourite of the Duchess of Sussex.

The jeweller creates high-quality yet sustainable pieces that cater to a variety of budgets. They use lab-grown diamonds that are 100 per cent traceable, so you know exactly where they came from and how they're produced.

7 Taylor & Hart

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Bespoke jeweller Taylor & Hart uses diamonds that have been grown inside a laboratory, but with the aim of having the same aesthetic as natural diamonds that have been mined. They are a particular favourite for those looking for beautiful engagement rings that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

8 Courbet

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Another luxury jewellery brand that only uses the finest sustainable lab-grown diamonds is Courbet, who also ensures that all of the gold used in the jewellery is 100 per cent recyclable. From beautiful bracelets to custom-made creations, the label is one to know for luxury jewellery with a conscience.

9 Innocent Stone

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Through the beauty of its pieces, Innocent Stone aims to emphasise that the only difference between lab-grown and mined diamonds is its origin (and the price-tag – lab-grown diamonds cost roughly 40 per cent less than their natural counterparts). The brand isn't available in the UK yet, but they're worth keeping in mind if you are ever visiting Paris.

10 Kimaï

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Kimai is a brand from Antwerp in Belgium and is another sustainable brand to be championed by the Duchess of Sussex. The label makes great statement jewellery that has all been created with ethical, lab-grown diamonds.

"When we looked specifically into fine jewellery, we realised two things that we set out to change," explains co-founder Jessica Warch of the beginning of her brand with co-founder Sidney Neuhaus. "The first was that fine jewellery had been heavily marketed towards men; it still felt very antiquated, as if the industry hadn’t evolved for generations and was hardly speaking to women at all."

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