- Brooks Dibble
SPRING AND SUMMER…
…are popular seasons for tying the knot, so chances are there’s a wedding on your calendar, or maybe you’re even planning one for yourself. Weddings are often built on the foundation of traditions, with perhaps the most iconic tradition being the diamond ring. Amidst the shiny rings and stories of romantic engagements lies the harsh reality of the diamond industry, which is plagued with environmental and social injustices.
This doesn’t mean we believe brides should walk down the aisle without a sparkly rock on their finger, because the promising news is there are amazing companies out there producing diamonds that are ethically sourced and conflict-free. One of our favorites is KBH Jewels, a niche luxury jewelry brand made using only environmentally and socially conscious diamonds. KBH diamonds are cultivated in greenhouses, not mined from the earth, and are paired with reclaimed and recycled precious metals. Side note, it’s not just about diamonds -- according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory, “metal mining is the nation’s #1 toxic polluter.” Ugh.
KBH Jewels’ collection is 100% conflict-free and sustainably produced. Just like “traditional diamonds”, KBH diamonds are graded and certified by GIA and IGI by the industry standard 4Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat. The only difference between lab grown and mined diamonds is simply the point of origin!
Intrigued? So were we…so we asked Kimberly Berry Haisch, Founder & CEO of KBH Jewels to share more.
…Why was creating a sustainable and ethical line important to you?
KBH: Investment worthy pieces should be both luxe in material and sustainably made. A consumer shouldn’t have to compromise on either. I wanted to create jewelry that serves as beautiful modern heirlooms, pieces that can be passed down to future generations. It is all about doing something for the world that my children are going to live in and eventually share with their own families -- that is tradition, that is part of our legacy. Family, tradition and incorporating circular practices and sustainable materials are at the heart of everything we do and embedded into the fabric of our story. The jewelry that KBH produces is made from 100% reclaimed gold and cultivated diamonds. We are unmined. Everything that KBH produces, supplies and ships -- from jewelry to packaging -- is sourced from ethical, sustainable and reclaimed methods.
I hope the future of KBH Jewels is one that educates people and inspires them to make small changes that are going to have a big impact on the world around us.
TCB: What do you feel is the most false assumption as it pertains to lab grown diamonds?
KBH: Lab diamonds are physically, chemically, and optically identical to mined diamonds; the only difference is the point of origin. Mining for diamonds creates irreversible environmental damage. It is estimated that upwards of 1,700 tons of soil is disrupted and displaced to mine for 1 carat worth of diamond. That is equal to roughly 10 Manhattan city blocks and in addition to other devastating social and environmental factors that are a part of the diamond mining industry. A recent Forbes article wrote about the changes the FTC made to their jewelry guides, in regard to defining lab diamonds. They stated, “A diamond is a diamond no matter whether it is grown in a lab or comes out of the ground.” The FTC based this decision solely on scientific facts, not the mined diamond industry lobby. This has been a huge change in the jewelry industry as it’s clearing up a lot of misconceptions that people have had and still have about lab diamonds.
…Please share a cause closest to your heart.
KBH: Giving is both professional and personal for me. Since we started KBH Jewels, we have made regular donations to Earthworks, which is a nonprofit that promotes sustainability and advocates for important environmental causes, a lot having to do with mining and the degradation that comes as a result. So much of the work that Earthworks does is in line with what we stand for -- helping the world today so that our future generations can have a better tomorrow. We also have a scholarship set up in honor of my father at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York that helps to further children’s education. That, of course, is a cause that will forever be special to my family, as it not only honors the legacy of my dad, but also is focused on helping children.
We hope you agree that KBH is a trailblazer in modern luxury. This brand stands at the intersection of aspirational beauty and thoughtful sustainability.
Sweet Deal for The Cause Bar Community:
KBH Jewels is offering The Cause Bar community 15% off with code CauseBarKBH15
ENTER TO WIN!
We’re partnering with KBH to gift one lucky winner with KBH Jewel’s gorgeous Traditio Magnum diamond eternity band (valued at $1,800). Worn solo or as part of a stack, this beauty is perfect as a wedding band or a classic right-hand ring.