By  on January 14, 2019

Is the jewelry industry ready to embrace lab-grown diamonds? The Jewelers of America’s annual Gem Awards, held Friday evening in New York, proved an opportune time to survey designer and retailer opinion.

In speaking with the likes of David Yurman, Irene Neuwirth and Silvia Furmanovich, three camps emerged: self-proclaimed “purists,” who say they are opposed; sustainability and innovation-minded designers who are ready to embrace the shift; and another, tepid, group that’s taking a wait-and-see approach.

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