Eco friendly wedding rings are steadily increasing in popularity in recent years with couples who want to celebrate their relationship in an ethical and conscientious style. To find wedding and engagement rings that will be the perfect symbols of your lasting love, use this handy guide below including tips and resources on where to find gorgeous, quality and truly earth friendly wedding rings. And if you have any questions about earth friendly rings, just use the comment box at the end of the page!
# 1 Eco Friendly Rings
As any type of mining will have some kind of impact on the environment, the number one way to go green with your wedding rings is to purchase used wedding rings.
These eco friendly wedding rings can come from estate sales, antique dealers, personal
sales, and even thrift shops. The selections and styles of previously owned rings are endless, and with a little research and time you'll be sure to find exceptional rings that will be treasured for a lifetime. (Fortunately too, many antique and estate rings may be sized up or down).
Keep in mind though, that it is important to shop savvy when purchasing a gently used wedding ring. A return policy should be available, and rings which contain diamonds should have a certificate from a reputable certification company like the Gemological Society of America. Diamond antique rings or vintage rings which have not previously been certified should come with an appraisal by an unbiased reputable third party (for example, an appraisal by a certified American Gem Society appraiser).
See Antique Wedding Rings for more info about antique engagement rings and wedding rings including Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco rings.
If you would like eco friendly wedding rings created just for you and your partner, recycled metals is the way to go. Some couples like to use jewelry they already own and have the jewelry melted down and then crafted into rings; however, only specialized jewelers have the ability to do this, so it might take some searching around to find a local jeweler who can accomplish this task.
Another choice is to purchase environmentally friendly wedding rings from a company which crafts the rings out of recycled metals, used gemstones, and fair trade gemstones.
For eco friendly diamond rings, excellent options include man-made diamonds
such as synthetic laboratory created diamonds and diamond simulants.
Rings crafted with man-made diamonds, and recycled metals, will provide
you with the most eco friendly choice for new diamond wedding rings.
# 3 Eco Friendly Rings
Look for companies which use fair trade labor practices in addition to low impact mining methods which do not produce as much waste as traditional mines. Keep in mind though, that any new ring using recently mined metals is going to have some cost to the environment. Take a look at the No Dirty Gold site as well to see how popular jewelry companies measure up to low-impact green jewelry standards and to check if a retailer you are interested in has a passing grade for eco friendly ethics.
By far, the metals which have the highest environmental cost are gold, palladium, and platinum. One ounce of mined gold can produce over 20 tons of waste; palladium and platinum mines produce extremely large amounts of waste as well. Around the world every country is dealing with hazardous wastes left over from these mines, including the United States. If you want an eco friendly gold, platinum, or palladium ring, consider purchasing used wedding rings or recycled wedding rings.
Tungsten and titanium mining methods also have an impact on the environment, but how much of an impact depends on the mining practices and extraction methods that are used. As a rule, tungsten and titanium metals that are mined in developed countries have a lower environmental impact due to enforced regulation standards and laws. If you are interested in tungsten or titanium rings, ask about the origin of the metals used to create the rings.
Like tungsten and titanium, there is an environmental cost to silver mining, but how much depends on the practices of the mine. Fortunately, there are tons of sterling silver on the market today, and rings crafted out of recycled sterling silver are a cinch to find.
The lowest impact wedding rings materials are
stainless steel and wood rings. Pure wooden wedding rings are
by far the most environmentally friendly, but they do require some TLC to remain in good condition for years to come.
Recommendations for Eco Friendly Wedding Rings
For handcrafted rings using recycled metals, and resources for authentic antique and vintage rings, here are a few of our top recommendations:
Turtle Love: http://www.turtleloveco.com
Turtle love has a beautiful selection of unique handcrafted wedding rings and engagement rings lovingly made from recycled metals and ethical diamonds and gemstones. Turtle Love has also recently expanded its vintage wedding ring section of stunning authentic vintage and antique wedding rings.
Brilliant Earth: http://www.brilliantearth.com/
Earth has one of the most extensive selections of eco friendly wedding
rings crafted in the USA with 100% recycled metals. Not only do they
have an impressive variety of eco friendly wedding rings, but they also
maintain an impressive collection of real antique engagement and wedding
rings available online plus a selection of synthetic laboratory created
diamonds. Last but not least, you can work with BE's team of expert
designers to create your own eco-friendly wedding ring!
Adin Fine Antique Jewelry: http://www.adin.be/
has one of the largest collections of authentic antique jewelry,
wedding rings and engagement rings online - and they offer free ring
sizing services too! If you are looking for a beautiful gently used
antique wedding ring made with diamonds or colorful gemstones, Adin is
definitely the place to start. And as a bonus for our visitors, Adin is
now offering a 5% discount on all purchases - just use code=Everything Wedding Rings to take advantage of this special!
Kerstin Laibach: http://www.kerstinlaibach.com/english/index.htm
Laibach works primarily in Germany and the UK, but she accepts orders
from all over the world. Kerstin handcrafts all of her exquisite jewelry
pieces - including wedding, engagement and commitment rings - with the
highest eco friendly ethics in mind. She even goes the extra step to
make sure her rings are created with vegan friendly materials.
Green Karat: www.greenkarat.com
folks at Green Karat are highly dedicated to producing a variety of
wedding ring styles crafted with recycled metals - and their eco friendly wedding rings are
available in wide range of prices as well.
Recommendations for Diamond Simulant and Synthetic Wedding Rings
Diamond Nexus: http://www.diamondnexus.com/
Diamond Nexus is a leader in the diamond simulant industry. Not only are Diamond Nexus rings made with strong eco friendly diamond simulants - and synthetic laboratory created ruby, emerald and sapphire stones - backed by a lifetime guarantee, but their rings are also crafted with recycled metals most of the time. If new gold is needed in the production of their jewelry pieces, Diamond Nexus uses gold from low impact Canadian sources.
Created Diamonds: http://www.created-diamonds.com/
Created Diamonds specializes in synthetic laboratory created
diamonds. Here you'll find a gorgeous selection of loose synthetic
diamonds from colorless diamonds to fancy white, blue, red, orange and
even green diamonds. They also set their diamonds in jewelry pieces -
including engagement rings and wedding bands.
For more information on eco friendly wedding rings, check out the www.fairjewelry.org website, a popular blog about ethical jewelry practices and resources.
*A Note About Searching for Eco Friendly Wedding Rings
Here at Everything Wedding Rings, I am continually searching for retailers which offer truly earth friendly rings made with quality craftsmanship. Repeatedly, I have found wedding and engagement ring companies which heavily promote their "green rings" and eco-friendly products, only to find upon further research that their products are not green at all. Just slapping a green banner on something and calling it green, doesn't necessarily make it so. I would urge couples to really research any company to make sure their rings are low-impact and eco-friendly.
To show an example of my experiences, here is a transcript from a customer service online chat with a company that has an entire page on their website claiming that their jewelry pieces are green - I wanted to speak with customer service to confirm, and here were the shocking results from that chat. (P.S. I took out the name of the company, because I do not want to promote them in any way!).
You are now chatting with "Mike"
Mike: How may I assist you?
Suzanne: Are all jewelry pieces on ***** made from recycled metals?
Mike: No, our precious metals are ordered from a 3rd party casting company, which only uses raw metals.
Suzanne: On the website, it says that ***** offers green jewelry?
Mike: Metals used in green jewelry are not mined destructively as jewelry made with new gold, silver and other precious metals is.
Suzanne: Yes, I understand that. My question though hasn't really been answered. On the website it says one of the reasons to use ***** is because the company is a "Green Jewelry Manufacturer" that uses recycled metals in the rings. If **** uses a 3rd party for casting with raw metals, then where does the green jewelry aspect come in?
Mike: I will be right with you.
Mike: I'm sorry for the delay. I am currently on the phone and don't want to keep you on hold for too long. If you don't mind holding, then you can stay online. Otherwise feel free to call us at ********.
Suzanne: I can hold, thanks.
Mike: The green jewelry that we offer is in the jewelry manufacturing process which utilizes eco-friendly machinery.
Suzanne: So, only the machinery is eco-friendly?
Mike: Yes, our factory is eco-friendly
Suzanne: Well, someone in the company needs to look at the mis-information on the site about green jewelry. It mentioned specifically that the metals and gemstones are recycled - not only is the information misleading, but it is obviously completely incorrect. Thank-you.
Can you believe that? I was - and still am - completely floored at how this company is conducting itself and misrepresenting itself as a "green jewelry" retailer for eco friendly wedding rings, plus had the audacity to actually say on their site that they offered jewelry made with recycled metals and gemstones. It just goes to show, that extra diligence is needed to find truly eco friendly wedding rings and engagement rings.
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