26 Aug Your Guide to Ethical Engagement Rings
We spend a lot of time on the blog discussing sustainable wedding planning, especially as we prepare for our first-ever Luxe and Kind Bridal Boutique happening [DATE]… but what about before the wedding? It’s time to talk sustainably-sourced engagement rings and wedding bands.
When it comes to the traditional engagement ring, there are many elements to consider. Because diamonds, precious stones, and metals (like gold and silver) are mined from the earth, it’s important to think about the impact of their removal on the surrounding flora and fauna. Another aspect of diamond mining is the consideration of those who are doing the actual mining work – are they treated and paid fairly for their labors?
For the eco-conscious bride, “fair trade” and “conflict-free” stones and metals – meaning they were not sold to finance war or terrorism, a practice which generated the term “blood diamond” – are central terms to remember. Several ethical jewelry companies source their materials responsibly, choosing recycled or fair trade gold and vintage or conflict-free stones. As a bonus, look for a “green certified” vendor who uses profits to support local communities and/ or environmental care.
Another eco-friendly option to consider is purchasing a ring second-hand, either online through sites like eBay and Etsy (where you can find some pretty unique finds, like this gold black diamond sunflower ring) or search your local consignment shops.
Other notable online specialty shops include:
1. Noèmie – This company offers fairly priced, one-of-a-kind pieces featuring recycled 18k gold and certified conflict-free diamonds. Each purchase also comes with a lifetime warranty and IGI Diamond Certification for extra peace of mind.
2. Taylor & Heart – These jewelers provide a personal consultation where they will help you design your own unique piece featuring conflict-free diamonds.
3. AUrate New York – This company tracks every diamond from mine to studio, personally verifying its ethical sourcing. They also donate regularly to New York organizations helping to support local literacy. Check out their cool new crowdsourced collection right here.
Make sure every part of your special day represents you and your core values. Consider choosing an ethically-sourced, fairly-traded engagement ring and wedding band to help support the earth and its inhabitants. Read more in-depth about ethical engagement rings here and check out this post by Eluxe Magazine and this post by The Good Trade to browse some of today’s top ethical ring designers.