Sustainable, eco-friendly, conscious, responsible. These are all buzzwords that consumers are finding increasingly common, and, for many, it’s becoming more important to shop within those descriptors.
As this new era of shopping grows, naturally so does the list of companies that fulfill consumer’ demands. One of those companies, which made its debut this past May, is Lark & Berry.
“Cool jewelry with a conscience,” as the brand is described in a press release, is the work of founder Laura Chavez and creative director Katie Rowland. The two women were looking to make a change in the way the diamond industry operates, particularly with regard to determining gemstones’ origins, by starting right from the beginning: growing them.
With lab-created diamonds and gemstones, the duo feels proud to call their products conflict-free: “There’s no dirt on our diamonds, just cool design and covetable pieces,” said Rowland.
The company offers a range of products and prices, from demi-fine (starting at $380) to fine jewelry and wedding (roughly $3,800 to $120,000). Lark & Berry is also offering a line of red carpet jewels, called Atelier (the Knot diamond necklace, above, is a part of this collection).
Branding itself with the hashtag #diamonddisruptor, Lark & Berry’s simple answer to the question “Why lab-grown diamonds?” is “Why not?” “With the only comparison being the stone’s origin, it really is a case of ‘you say diamond, and I say, diamond,’ ” said Rowland in a press release. “It is a great moment for the movement of cultured diamonds and being a sustainable and ethical alternative.”
The brand recently opened its first brick-and-mortar in London’s Marylebone district—its flagship—with doors in New York City, Madrid, and Mexico to follow by late 2019. There is also an appointment-only location in Hong Kong.
For more information and to see more of its offerings, visit larkandberry.com.
Top: Aerides earrings in 18k white gold with 1 ct. t.w. lab-grown white sapphires and 1.4 cts. t.w. cultured diamonds, $9,220
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