Why we use Verneuil Process or Lab-created gemstones, because this is the true environmental cost of a sparkly bobble... a gemstone?
At Jewelry Works we feature lab-created gemstones as an alternative to naturally occuring gems. With our designs you can have the beauty and durability of Flame Fusion Verneuil Process sapphire without the high cost. Additionally the wearer can have a clear conscience knowing that you are not contributing to the traditional mining impacts on our environment just for a sake of a bobble. Now you can have your cake and eat it too! To see how lab-created sapphires are made click on the pink sapphire in the image above.
Gemstones in jewelry are colorful, romantic and personal. They mean something different to each wearer. To some, they're badges of wealth and success. To others, they're meaningful as birthstones, symbolic for their legendary power, or simply beloved as a favorite signature color.
Yet some of these gemstones are rarer, harder to get, and quite expensive, not to mention the environmental impact.
The more expensive and hard-to-find natural gems in jewelry, such as diamond (white and fancy color), sapphire (blue and other colors), emerald, ruby and opal, are favorite lab-created stones. They're not gem imitations; lab-created gemstones are the real deal. They are grown in a laboratory but are identical chemically, physically and optically to natural gems. An imitation gemstone, while also artificially made, does not follow nature’s recipe, so it’s completely different physically, chemically and optically from the natural gem it copies. Because we make each design for you we allow you to make the choice of using a Lab-created sapphire (Chatham) or flame fusion Verneuil Process sapphire. Because of our commitment to make affordable jewelry under $500 retail we use VP sapphire but Chatham gemstones are available at your request at an addition charge. If you want an estimate for a Chatham gemstone please drop a line and we will be happy to give you an estimate.
Gemstones and the environment share an intrinsic relationship. Gemstones themselves are a product of temporary geological conditions and environments. They can be found on earth’s seven continents. They can be found in primary or secondary deposits, at the bottom of seas and on the top of mountains. The combinations of magmatism, metamorphism, and sedimentation have given us the treasures that we, for millennia, have valued as gems. The forces of tectonics and erosion have brought these to the surface, and within reach of humans. Humanity’s consumption of these precious minerals and the drive to extract them from the lithosphere has grown tremendously in recent times. There are many reasons for this voracious pursuit of gemiferous resources and this pursuit has had both beneficial and deleterious impacts. The extraction, trade, and consumption of gemstones affect the natural environment that surrounds us and us directly as humans, in multiple ways.
Ecological impacts are not purely local. Improving environmental sustainability in gemstone mining is not simply about safeguarding virgin landscapes. It is about conserving fragile ecologies that are vital for the present and future livelihood bases of fauna, flora, and humans. Strengthened institutions that focus on integrated management schemes are required to manage environments and the livelihoods that depend on them. Adopted strategies invariably and inevitably affect the environment. What is important is to demonstrate concerted commitment in improving environmental sustainability within gemstone mining. A number of larger-scale gemstone mining operators are now actively promoting environmental sustainability. Hopefully, these efforts can be widened to include the artisanal mining sector and improve environmental stewardship throughout gemstone production networks. You as the end consumer, through your buying habit can alter the market... for the salvation of our planet please request lab-created gemstones.