W Magazine, November 12, 2018, Camila Mendes Wore the Largest Lab-Grown Pink Diamond in Existence to the People’s Choice Awards
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they are not on the best of terms with the environment. In just the past few months, in response to growing concerns about diamond mining’s impact on the earth and on the miners themselves, high-end jewelers and celebrity diamond enthusiasts have begun introducing synthetic jewels to their collections, with Camila Mendes the latest to try out the eco-friendly trend -- in pretty spectacular fashion. On Sunday, while attending the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, the Riverdale star wore a ring on her right hand that featured the world’s largest lab-grown pink diamond, courtesy of the sustainable jewelry company Clean Origin.
And Mendes isn’t the only one hopping on the lab-grown diamond-filled bandwagon in recent months. Just last week, Elsa Hosk strutted down the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City wearing this year’s illustrious fantasy bra, which, for the first time was made completely out of lab-grown diamonds. The Atelier Swarovski bra and coordinating body chain were valued at a whopping $1 million, and incorporated more than 2,100 lab-grown Swarovski diamonds; altogether, the stones weighed in at 71.05 carats, including a pear-shaped center stone that clocked in at 2.03 carats on its own.