With more and more companies now leaning towards lab-grown diamonds over the real deal, part of the joy of buying antique jewellery at auction is that you know you are not contributing to this:

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The Mir Mine in Russia

Also called the Mirny mine, this is an open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Sakha Republic, in the Siberian region of eastern Russia. The mine is more than 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world), has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), and is one of the largest excavated holes in the world. Opened: 1957 Closed: 2004*

  • The mine was recommissioned in 2009, and is expected to remain operational for 50 more years.

With sustainability now at the top of most people's agendas, there is no better time to embrace auctions as one of the best places to buy your bling. Here's what's in our September Jewellery & Watches auction -lauching tomorrow:

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And check this out (below)! Guess how many carats' worth of diamonds it contains?

(Answer below)

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We have over 75 lots in this auction being offered with NO RESERVE #jewellerywithheart #sustainableshopping #buyantiquejewellery

And the answer is: Approximately 30 carats of diamond weight. It's a champagne South Sea pearl and diamond necklace and earring set; the diamonds arranged as floral interlinking embellishments, all set in 18k yellow gold.