Did you know, over the last six years, it’s estimated that 60 million carats of confirmed blood diamonds hit the international market and are now being purchased by unassuming consumers. And these are just the numbers we know about! So, you can either support a corporation that exploits people, animals and the environment, or you can buy items from philanthropic companies who help their local communities and invest in the world. When I discovered MiaDonna & Co. I wanted to shout out to the roof tops, that such a company does exist!
When it comes to planning your wedding, did you know there are ways you can make a positive social and environmental impact? Such as your floral centerpieces, there are organizations that you could donate to that would have them delivered to your local hospitals. Or how about donating food to a local homeless shelter. There’s one thing I recently discovered, that’s been on my heart lately that I believe deserves a lot of attention and it’s how big of impact you can make when you purchase your diamonds and engagement ring.
Your engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you make in your life. And it’s the first major decision you can make as a couple. Not only is it an investment, but there are a lot of factors that come into play when you’re deciding on one, like the shape, the cut of diamond, the carats, and the setting and style? But, what about where the diamonds come from?
When MiaDonna founder, Anna-Mieke, learned the origin behind her own earth-mined diamond, she became passionate about finding a conflict-free option. Knowing there had to be others who shared this passion, she set out to create the worlds most innovative, beautiful and socially responsible bridal jewelry line. As a result, MiaDonna (named after her daughter Mia and mother Donna) was born.
Through this journey, Anna-Mieke created a beautiful brand that creates lab-grown diamonds for engagement rings. So, what does that mean? Well, first off lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds. There are absolutely no negatives associated with purchasing a lab-grown diamond. Lab-grown diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds — the only difference (and most important difference) is their origin. Purchasing a lab-grown diamond over a mined diamond does not compromise the value and integrity at all. In fact, with a lab-grown diamond, you get a beautiful, ethically sourced stone for a fraction of the price (almost 40% less) of a mined diamond. It’s a win-win. And yes, lab-grown diamonds are graded based on the diamond’s four Cs — color, cut, clarity, and carat and the same standards that are used for mined diamonds. They are ethically sourced, eco-friendly, and stunning! It truly is a purchase that you can feel good about and help so many at the same time. If you’re curious to learn more about it, MiaDonna goes into depth here.
Our vision is to create a Greener Diamond culture by being the leader in affordable, ethically produced fine jewelry.
Our mission is to help repair and restore the land and lives damaged by the unethical conflict-diamond trade by offering consumers ethical fine jewelry that alleviates the need to mine for new diamonds.
From the purchase of your engagement ring, wedding ring, as well as jewelry for your wedding day… every purchase you make supports something. YES, please! 10% of net profits from your purchase fund educational, mentorship, agricultural, and urgent relief programs in diamond mining communities and they help free innocent children oppressed by the active conflict diamond mining industry.
Over the last year or so, we have been learning a lot about fair trade products and how to choose more ethically and sustainably. I knew that I didn’t want to compromise even when it came to my engagement ring. When we started talking about rings, I thought I would have to give up the idea of a diamond and find an alternative. Enter: lab-grown diamonds, seeing an article from The Good Trade, and being thrilled we had ethical options.
Travis and Dominique
Creating an engagement ring with MiaDonna represents the power we have in our hands to do and be better. It’s a great relief and honor for her knowing she is carrying a gorgeous, sustainable diamond with her forever.
Lucho & Pri