During his recent state visit, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a 7.50ct lab-grown diamond to the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden. Modi’s gift stands out for its exceptional quality, environmentally conscious production methods, and national symbolism.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, the 7.50ct round brilliant is Type IIa and displays F colour, VVS2 clarity, ideal cut quality, and ‘Hearts & Arrows’ craftsmanship – a category reserved for the world’s most precisely cut diamonds.
Reducing carbon emissions to only 0.028 grams per carat, the rough crystal was grown using earth-friendly solar and wind power.
Gifts formally exchanged between heads of state are highly symbolic. The fact that India selected a diamond that was grown in a lab, rather than one mined from the ground, sends a clear and very sustainable message. It is a “remarkable moment” that signified a ground breaking shift in the diamond industry, embracing innovative technologies and sustainable practices.
Madestones has been certified Carbon Neutral. The label is provided by CO2-logic, and validated by the accredited and international independent certification body Vinçotte. There are many CO2-Neutral certifications around the world but few are third party validated by a serious & credible certifier.
Alongside this, the certification process also complies with the internationally recognised PAS 2060, which sets out the requirements for achieving and demonstrating carbon neutrality.
The PAS 2060 standard is the first international certification at the highest level for organisational carbon neutrality. It is currently the most used standard by a range of companies to show their involvement in becoming carbon neutral and their environmental integrity. It builds further on the ISO 14001 and PAS 2050 standards, and is published by the British Standard Institution (BSI).
This “CO2-Neutral” label not only guarantees real climate protection efforts, it also empowers companies to break through the fog of empty environmental claims. This label is for consumers and procurement departments of any organization seeking to buy more responsibly. It is the recognition of real efforts to save our planet