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Review of Pandora’s Lab-Grown Diamond Collection

While diamonds may be a ‘girls best friend’, they are not that friendly to the planet because mining for them has a significant environmental impact.

For context, a single carat of diamonds causes up to 3.1 tons of soil displacement and requires 8.9 liters of fuel consumption. Equally important are the ethical implications, as diamond mining can result in the displacement of people and wildlife.

These concerns have led to a growing demand for man-made alternatives – with nearly 70% of Millennials and Gen Zers now considering lab-grown stones.

One of the first major jewelry brands to commit to changing its business and mining practices was Pandora, when it announced last year that it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2025. The Danish company has now revealed that she will only use lab-made diamonds in the future, as well as avoid newly mined silver and gold in her jewelry.

As part of this pledge, Pandora has announced its first collection of sustainably created lab-created diamonds, launching on May 6 with prices starting at £ 250. From rings and earrings to necklaces and bracelets, the pieces in the collection range from 0.25 to one carat and are set only in noble metals, including yellow gold, white gold and sterling silver.

The move is a step in the right direction, as the brand’s carbon emissions are expected to be cut by two-thirds for silver production and more than 99% for gold. It is important to note that Pandora’s lab-grown stones are said to have the same qualities as diamonds, which means gemstones are aesthetically and physically identical to the real deal. The brand will achieve this by using a technology where a mixture of hydrogen gas is heated to 800 ° C to replicate the process underground.

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“The need for sustainable business practices is becoming increasingly important and companies must do their part in response to the climate crisis and the depletion of natural resources,” adds Pandora CEO Alexander Lacik.

But do they really look and feel as good as the real thing? We had access to the collection before launch to find out. Reviewing everything from quality and design to style and cost, read on to find our favorite pieces below.

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Pandora Brilliance Gold Sparkling Waterdrop Chain Bracelet 0.50 Carat

Ideal for everyday wear, this delicate bracelet is composed of a partially recycled gold chain and a single gemstone diamond created in the laboratory and set in the shape of a teardrop. Perfect to accompany you from day to night, the simple chain bracelet will add a touch of shimmer to your look. With two holes for adjustments, it’s also a comfortable, customizable fit. While the contemporary styles of Pandora have gained popularity with Gen Z, the more classic models in the “brilliance” collection might cement it with others as well.

Pendant and necklace Pandora Brilliance in gold with 0.25 carat

All of the items in the collection have an infinite pattern around the diamond, with this necklace complementing the gold bracelet above. Crafted from partly recycled gold, the 0.25 carat diamond stone set in a twisted teardrop silhouette refracted light to the same effect as our traditional diamond necklace – with the lab process replicating the lattice structure crystal of mined diamonds.

Pandora Brilliance open bangle in 0.25 carat white gold

There is something timeless about a bangle, whether stacked for a bohemian touch or worn on its own. This Pandora style features a contemporary silhouette, is easily adjustable, simple to tie up and comfortable to wear. The bracelet is crafted from partially recycled white gold which is enhanced by the lab-created 0.25 diamond jewel set in an infinity twist pattern.

Pandora Brilliance 0.1 Carat Sparkling Teardrop Chain Bracelet

The cheapest piece in the new collection, this bracelet is crafted from partially recycled sterling silver with the added details of a 0.1 carat gem set in a subtle teardrop silhouette. The delicate chain was light on our arm and complemented the other pieces when layered. A more affordable route to lab-created diamonds, this will be a nice gift for someone as their first piece of jewelry or a treat for yourself on payday.

Pandora Brilliance Ring in 1 Carat White Gold

If your purse stretches, add this timeless gold ring to your collection. Although it is an investment, the piece is as luxurious as the price suggests, as the gold bracelet, made partly from recycled materials, is decorated with lovely twist details while the gold jewel one carat white adds all the bells and whistles. Lightweight to wear, the twisted band accentuates the diamond which looked as shiny and refracting as the real deal.

Pandora Brilliance earrings in 0.25 carat white gold

A fun take on a classic, this earring is a beautiful hybrid between a nail and a hoop. A glitzy piece designed to be mixed and matched with other metals (earrings sold individually), the style is layered and slightly twisted with the 0.25 carat stone set in a delicate infinity pattern. Hitting the ear, the stud gives the appearance of a small hoop while the gem refracts light beautifully. A nice alternative to your standard pair of nails.

Pandora Brilliance pendant and necklace in silver with 0.15 carat

Matching the silver bracelet and at an equally more affordable price, this necklace is a beautiful everyday piece. The delicate silver chain (made in part from recycled materials) works well when layered on top of other pieces, but the 0.15 carat stone speaks for itself as well.

The lab-grown stone had the same luster as our real diamond ring and the few people we asked to compare noticed no difference. And given that they’re 40% cheaper than mined stones, on average you can’t go wrong.

The verdict: the Pandora Brilliance collection

With the lab-grown jewelry market faction growing 15-20% annually, Pandora’s latest Brilliance collection reinforces the growing desire for ethical alternatives. These breakthroughs from one of the world’s leading jewelers are an encouraging sign of the industry’s shift towards more responsible practices – and we’re here for it.

Coins don’t come cheap, starting at £ 250, but diamonds are forever and these lab-grown alternatives are made to last. Still at a fraction of the price of real diamonds, the items are both more affordable and durable. Attracting millennials who fall in love with the real deal, the infinite pattern in all collections introduces a more classic and timeless style to the Pandora catalog.

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