Pandora has launched a line of lab-grown diamonds that have been created using 100% renewable energy.
They have been grown, cut and polished using green energy and have a carbon footprint of only 8.17kg of CO2 equivalent per carat – 5% of that of a mined diamond.
While these diamonds are identical to mined diamonds, they are grown in a laboratory rather than excavated from a mine.
If all diamonds were mined with the same low carbon footprint as Pandora’s lab-created diamonds, it would save more than six million tons of CO2 annually – equivalent to replacing all cars in New York City with electric vehicles (EVs).
The latest 33-piece Pandora collection has also been crafted with 100% recycled silver and gold.
That brings greenhouse gas emissions of the collection’s entry product – a silver ring with a 0.15 carat lab-created diamond down to 2.7kg CO2e, which is equivalent to the average emissions of a t-shirt.
The flagship product – a one carat lab-created diamond set in a 14k solid gold ring – has a carbon footprint of 10.4kg CO2e, which is less than the average emissions of a pair of jeans.
Pandora CEO Alexander Lacik said: “The future of luxury is here today.
“Lab-created diamonds are just as beautiful as mined diamonds but available to more people and with lower carbon emissions. We are proud to broaden the diamond market and offer innovative jewellery that sets a new standard for how the industry can reduce its impact on the planet.”