Gemstones are minerals or rocks that have been chosen for their beauty, durability, and rarity and then cut or faceted and polished to make jewellery.
Our lab-grown gemstones have the same physical, atomic and elemental properties as mined gemstones. They represent an alignment between raw beauty and social/environmental sustainability.
Like all gemstones, they have nature’s unique fingerprint but they are more sustainable and 100% conflict free. Since no mining is necessary, they are a vote for what you believe in. Our mission is to help transition the world to more sustainable gemstones.
The natural beauty of a gem can be enhanced by the way it is cut. There are two basic kinds of gem cuts: cabochon and faceted. The cabochon cut has a smooth rounded top, usually with a flat base, and it is mainly used for opaque or translucent softer gemstones. Cabochons were the only way in which stones were cut until about the 14th century when faceting was developed. Faceting is the process of cutting a gemstone to improve its beauty by making it reflect more light. The faceted cut has many flat cut surfaces (facets) with an overall shape that might be round, oval, square, and more. Only the harder gemstones can be successfully faceted. A gemstone that has been cut and polished is called a gem, or jewel.
The weight of the gemstone is measured in carats (5 carats = 1 gram). It is important to recognize that some gems are denser than others. For example, a one-carat ruby (very dense) is going to be smaller than a one-carat emerald (less dense). Also, different types of gems that are similar in size may still differ significantly in value.