The last thing Sarah wanted was to add more waste to the world of fast fashion, so The Poet has been crafted with premium quality .925 Sterling Silver, 24k Italian Gold micron plating and soon, 14k solid gold. Our pieces are nickel free and our silver jewellery is also dipped in rhodium to give it extra shine and durability.
Any metals that are left-over from the jewellery-making process are melted down and sold to villagers at half the market price so there is no waste and it goes on to be repurposed.
Because of the significant environmental impact of diamond mining (it’s estimated that over 1 tonne of earth is mined per carat of diamond – not to mention the horrendous effects of conflict), The Poet uses premium D-E grade colourless Moissanite, a diamond alternative that is visually indistinguishable and is a symbol for a more thoughtful and sustainable future.
Moissanite is one of the rarest naturally occurring minerals in the world which was first discovered at the site of a meteorite strike in Arizona in 1893. Because of its rarity, Moissanite is now grown in controlled environments using advanced technology which recreates the natural growth process above ground with the same unique colour variations and inclusions of a naturally occurring gemstone. It is then cut and polished before making its way to brands such as The Poet for resale.
Our Moissanites are 100% traceable back to their origins and require absolutely no mining to produce making it an entirely environmentally friendly product.
How does it stack up against a diamond?
Gemstones are measured on the Mohs Scale of Hardness which measures their ability to withstand surface scratching.
|Moissanite scores a 9.5 on the Mohs Scale; making it one of the most durable gemstones available, and perfect for everyday wear! For comparison, Diamonds rate a 10 on the Mohs Scale.|
Brilliance refers to a gemstones ability to reflect light.
|Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds, creating more of a 'rainbow effect’. Moissanite has a refractive index from 2.65 – 2.69, which is higher than a diamond.|
|While the cost of Moissanite varies depending on size, cut and clarity, it is a far more cost effective option; typically up to 10 x cheaper than a comparable diamond.|
|Because Moissanite is lab created, they are an appealing option for the environmentally conscious as they require no mining. In contrast, for every carat of diamond mined, there is an estimated 1 tonne of earth excavated.|