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We usually associate the words “diamond” and “gemstones” with brilliance, beauty and happiness quite often without thinking about their origins. Natural stones are quarried. And the mines happen to be located in countries where happiness is rare, unlike the precious stones with which they are endowed. West African diamonds, for example, come from countries that have been going through political and ethnic turmoil for decades, with their political regimes ostracized by the global democratic majority.
The same goes for the Pailin sapphire mines in western Cambodia, which were ruled by the ruthless Khmer Rouge responsible for millions of civilian deaths; the proceeds from the sale of these unrivaled sapphires were used to fund the authoritarian regime.
Unlike diamonds, however, the origins of sapphires and other colored gemstones can be precisely traced due to their unique chemical composition and, therefore, their durability is established or disproved.
The same goes for Myanma’s supply of other colored gemstones such as rubies, sapphire, jade, moonstone; when they are purchased, there is no way of knowing whether the money will go to financing the genocide.
Mining conditions are appalling with a few exceptions, while mines, when abandoned, leave an indelible mark on the face of the earth, deforestation being one of them.
However, not all gemstones are mined; there are artificial stones with 100% resemblance. Even a professional eye may not be able to tell the difference.
Ciro Jewelry, a company founded in 1917 and after a series of ownership changes relaunched in 2006 in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, is particularly famous for trading in cubic zirconia (CZ) jewelry, a one hundred percent sustainable material. whose origins are as clear as its facets and its properties identical if not superior to diamonds.
When purchasing Ciro’s exquisite and elegant jewelry, there is no need to ask them how they source their gemstones, as their supply chain is 100% sustainable and ethical.
Since the 1970s, some 40 years after the laboratory discovery of the manufacturing process for cubic zirconia, the stone began to adorn itself with diamonds.
There are, of course, lab-grown diamonds which are real gemstones formed in the process that replicates nature’s process but above ground. Lab-grown diamonds, however, cost 40-50% of the price of a mined diamond, while CZ costs a fraction of the cost of a diamond.
No wonder sustainability advocates like Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman and Cameron Diaz have been spotted wearing Ciro jewelry, while many other fashion influencers have endorsed its entry into the mainstream market as jewelry. free from any ethical and sustainability concerns.
Ciro’s pieces compare in style, design and craftsmanship with big names such as Chopard, Cartier and Escada, but at a fraction of their price. Crafted in 925 gold-plated sterling silver or 18k gold, Ciro’s collections are eye-catching too. All white stones are triple A zirconia in common diamond cuts such as donkey, princess and pear.
Ciro’s latest First Love collection features moissanite and lab-grown diamonds. Moissanite has a story of its own. Discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan as microscopic particles in a meteorite crater in Arizona, the stone particles were first believed to be diamonds; however, it later became clear that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide. As natural moissanite is incredibly rare, the one available today is created in the laboratory. More than 100 years after its discovery by Moissan, it was synthesized to produce what is today one of the most brilliant gemstones in the world.
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