Choosing an Eco-Friendly Engagement Ring

Eco Friendly Engagement RingChoosing an engagement ring can be a daunting process, but the ethical implications of deciding on which stone to get can make the process just that more intimidating. Unique engagement rings are pretty easy to come by – ethical and eco-friendly engagement rings, on the other hand, require a little more exploration. Here are some tips and ideas on how to choose an eco-friendly engagement ring:

Choosing an Eco-Friendly Engagement Ring

Do your research

Most of the world’s diamonds are mined at large industrial mines that have terrible impacts on the environment. Colored gemstones mostly arrive on our markets from smaller digging sites, and even though their influence on the environment is less severe, there are still consequences. Even if you’re looking at a diamond that supposedly comes from an eco-friendly mine, the majority of the stones are then sent to sweatshops in India to be cut and polished. Sadly, you can’t track exactly where your gemstone came from and whether it was mined, cut, and polished in an ethically and eco-friendly manner.

Go vintage

There are beautiful vintage engagement rings available on the market that don’t come with any ethical baggage. Some of the rings even come with a detailed history that can be fairly interesting, adding another level of value to your ring.

Go Green

Many companies have jumped on the movement to offer an eco-friendly alternative to you—recycled engagement rings. Combining antique gemstones with recycled metals is a great way of getting the unique engagement ring you want without having to compromise your ethics or your commitment to preserve the environment.

Modern options

Synthetic gemstones, like moissanite, are another eco-friendly alternative. With the same chemical and physical characteristics as natural gemstones, lab created stones are great for eco-friendly engagement rings. Although it is a relatively new and may take time for your tailored ring to get to your finger, it’s nice to know that your purchase is an ethical one! Plus, synthetic gemstones are a much less expensive than their natural counterparts.

If you’re going to commit to a ring for the rest of your life, make sure it’s the perfect option for you (just like your future spouse!). Your conscience will be grateful if you decide on a ring that both you and the environment will adore.

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