Recycled diamonds are a great choice for designers, brands or retailers that prioritize sustainability and/or social responsibility, as they can differentiate the brand in the market and attract environmentally-conscious customers.
They are also a great choice for anyone that is looking to make additional margin. Recycled natural diamond melee offers great value and can be found at cheaper prices than newly mined natural diamonds.
Recycled diamonds share all of the same advantages of other sources of natural diamonds. They’re resilient, attractive, extremely versatile, and maintain their value year after year. Our recycled diamonds at White Pine deliver three core benefits to any business, including:
The bulk of reclaimed diamonds (around 75%), are re-manufactured to VG+ specifications, which means they’re literally as good as new. Millions of diamonds have already been extracted from the earth over the centuries, and set into jewelry, which is where White Pine sources the vast majority of our diamond inventory. Designers, manufacturers and retailers can feel confident that every stone they buy from White Pine will meet modern standards.
Recycling diamonds is good for the planet because it prevents the need for additional mining, and doesn’t require the same energy input as lab-grown diamonds. Recycling also reduces the use of toxic chemicals, and lower’s a company’s environmental impact. With recycled diamonds, you can easily add an eco-friendly channel to your business.
Our recycled diamonds at White Pine are competitively priced to ensure you can improve your margins Unlike lab-grown diamonds, our reclaimed stones also retain their full value over time which is good news for the end consumer. They never lose their appeal.
Many companies find themselves wondering which “diamond alternative” is best suited to their specific needs. As buying and mining new diamonds becomes less popular and sustainable, some brands are beginning to weigh the pros and cons of lab grown and recycled diamonds.
On the surface, lab grown diamonds may seem like a good investment. Many of the companies who create these stones promote them as being more sustainable and eco-friendlier than extracted diamonds. However, while growing diamonds in a lab may seem like a better option than mining to some, it still has a significant impact on the planet. While lab grown diamonds don’t disrupt the earth, emit fewer greenhouse gasses, and use less water than natural diamond mining, they do consume significant amounts. Most diamonds made in factories are created using CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) or HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) processes, and both of these practices require a significant amount of electricity, which must be generated by power plants.
Recycling diamonds is a far more sustainable alternative. By recycling existing diamonds, companies can still protect the earth from mining, emit fewer greenhouse gasses, and consume less water. Plus, there’s no need for any high-energy growing processes. Recycling allows the flow of second-hand natural diamonds back into new pieces of jewelry, without new manufacturing. In fact, roughly 30% of recycled diamonds don’t need any remanufacturing at all before they can be entered back into the market. Even the diamonds that do need to be recut are processed using techniques which consume far less energy than growing diamonds. Ultimately, recycling will always be the best option and the end consumer can be assured that natural diamonds retain value.
Some jewelry companies and designers fear that switching to recycled diamonds will mean compromising on quality, appearance, or value. But this isn’t the case. The reality is that recycled diamonds are exactly the same in quality as newly mined diamonds. There’s absolutely no difference to the visual or practical appeal of the stone after it's been reclaimed. Remember, diamonds are the hardest mineral on the planet, so they’re ideal for recycling. Diamonds can be used multiple times throughout decades.
Switching from purchasing newly mined diamonds to recycled diamonds means companies can leverage all of the benefits of natural diamonds, with none of the downsides. There’s no need to mine for new stones from scratch, incurring additional costs, and disrupting the planet in the process.In fact, recycled diamonds are emerging as an increasingly popular choice in the diamond supply chain for a huge range of brands. Designers like Bario Neal, Monica Rich Kosann Ecksand and Catbird are all successfully selling recycled diamonds in their own jewelry collections.
Not only do companies get all of the quality and value they’d get from newly mined diamonds with recycled diamonds, but they get to market their products to new audiences.
Recycled diamonds are just as good as new diamonds because many of them are re-cut and remanufactured to meet the latest diamond industry specifications. Each reclaimed diamond we receive here at White Pine is carefully processed to ensure the best possible results. We remove any frost or dirt from the stones, and screen every gem for clarity, color, cut, and size. Each stone is tested on the De Beers Synth Detect machine to ensure authenticity, then recut if necessary to precise parameters to yield phenomenal results.
Recycled diamonds are far from a new concept. In fact, throughout history, old pieces of valuable jewelry have been regularly redesigned and recreated for modern consumers. Even Queen Elizabeth’s crown featured stones recycled from a previous piece. However, the demand for recycled diamonds has begun to grow significantly in recent years, as consumer preferences change.
According to reports, 87% of customers say they want brands to act more sustainably, and 81% of consumers say they prefer to buy from brands which recycle products. Demand for eco-friendly practices is particularly high among younger consumers (Millennial and Gen Z) – that are becoming a larger percent of jewelry consumers.
These consumers aren’t concerned about wearing a diamond that might have been used before. They’re more focused on whether the products look great and that brands and retailers are taking the right steps to protect the planet. Or finding high-quality jewelry that they can actually afford.
According to our 2022 Quarterly Report at White Pine, the average diamond order value has been increasing significantly. Countless brands and companies are now discovering the benefits of recycled diamonds for themselves.
White Pine has built a reputation as the leading recycled diamond supplier for jewelers and businesses worldwide. We focus on the B2B landscape, helping other organizations to reinvigorate their jewelry collection and reconnect with their customers. We also have a particularly strong focus on melee diamonds, which we offer in a range of sizes, always in amazing quality. If you’re ready to discover the benefits and buy recycled diamonds yourself, we’re here to help.
A recycled diamond, also known as a reclaimed diamond or estate diamond, is a stone that has been recycled from previous jewelry pieces, for use in new products. Recycled diamonds can be used in diamond engagement rings and other types of jewelry, such as earrings, pendants, and bracelets. They’re often chosen for their environmental and ethical benefits, as well as their high-quality and cost-saving potential.
Recycled diamonds are the most sustainable and eco-friendly way for businesses to access all the benefits of natural, newly mined diamonds, without the same magnitude of expense. They’re more cost-effective than traditional diamonds, and better for the planet.
Thanks to a reduced need for mining and other expensive processes, recycled diamonds can be more cost-effective than their freshly mined counterparts. Here at White Pine, we focus on helping companies to maintain their margins with cost-effective diamond options.
Absolutely. Unlike lab-grown diamonds, recycled diamonds aren’t made by a manufacturing process. They’re simply repurposed from existing diamond pieces.
Recycled diamonds hold their value in the same way newly mined diamonds do. They don’t become less appealing over time as more options enter the market, as is the case with lab-grown diamonds. Recycled diamonds are always just as good as freshly mined diamonds.