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Starboard introduces ethically sourced diamonds at sea

Starboard Cruise Services became the exclusive cruise distributor of Engrace Diamonds by Little Switzerland, the world’s first lab-grown diamond collection at sea.

With about one-seventh of the environmental impact and produced with 85% less water compared to traditional diamond mining, Engrace Diamonds creates sustainable, ethically-sourced genuine diamond rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants. Starting this month, curated collections will premier on board six cruise ships whose retail operations are managed by Starboard.

Four ships of three industry-leading cruise lines will debut Engrace’s lab-grown diamond collection with more ships to come. 

'Amidst the new era of conscious cruising and today’s demand for eco-luxury, bringing Engrace Diamonds on board symbolizes the industry’s commitment to sustainability, transparency and social responsibility,' Starboard President and CEO Lisa Bauer said. 'As our cruise line partners make strides toward becoming more environmentally friendly, we’re supporting them through the retail channels with sustainable, more desirable high-end products and socially responsible brand options.'

Refined and unmined

Engrace Diamonds' engineered diamonds are created above the ground in the United States, from pre-existing diamond seeds, made under the same conditions that occur below the earth’s surface, using high-pressure, high-temperature technology and crystallized to mature for six to 10 weeks. Then, the diamonds are cut and polished, evaluated by the same world-renowned labs that certify earth-mined diamonds across the industry for the four Cs — cut, clarity, color and carats. The key difference between mined and lab-grown diamonds is their origin.

'The future of fine jewelry'

'Lab-grown diamonds are the future of fine jewelry. Lab-grown and mined diamonds are one in the same, with the same physical, chemical and optical properties,' Little Switzerland CEO Hal Tayler said. 'Guests will be enamored by the pristine beauty and excellent value lab-grown diamonds offer. Partnering with Starboard, we are able to expand our horizons by offering cruise lines and guests the assurance of purchasing the largest, highest clarity diamonds at sea.'

White, yellow, pink and blue

Engrace Diamonds features high color and clarity diamonds in white, yellow, pink and blue. Set in 14-karat gold, the more than 200 unique jewelry designs start at $1,000, with an exclusive collection valued between $10,000 and $30,000. 

Starboard is an LVMH Moët Hennessy company.

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