In 2015 the average engagement ring price has inched ever closer to $6K! The wedding stats site shows much the same prices, noting that most individuals spend between $4,770 – $5,580 on a ring. Worse, in 2015, even though many people know about the problems of blood diamonds, the most popular engagement ring cut is still a round diamond.
These are some sad and unethical statistics, not to mention expensive. I like the idea of wedding rings, but paying so much for a ring, especially one made with unethical materials is completely arbitrary and unnecessary. Personally, I’d save your cash for a fun trip (or many fun trips). Plus, there are many inexpensive ring choices available that are more ethical, more eco-friendly, and just as beautiful to choose from. Below are 5 wedding ring choices that are beautiful, sustainable, more ethical than the norm, and under $200!
Delicate Sterling Silver Leaf Solitaire Ring
This ring is handcrafted with 100% recycled, fine silver and cast from living herbs, grown in the ring maker’s sustainable garden. The stone is a vibrant 4mm faceted emerald green chrome diopside. While the handworked band is 4-5mm wide, completely hand polished and has a slight brushed texture. The ring comes in a gift box and is made to order in just 3-4 weeks.
A Pebble Ring
This sterling silver ring band is designed in a stepping stone pebble style. Each “pebble” is hand formed then placed together in a random stepping stone style to travel around your finger. Designed and created by Lisa Lehmann at Studio Jewel with 100% recycled metals.
Silver Wedding band Modern Smooth
This stunning modern wedding band is perfect for the groom. Hand forged from recycled sterling silver and comes with a personalized message inside. The smooth matte finish is ultra modern and cool with a comfort fit edge.
Palladium Sterling Silver Tree Bark Texture Wedding Rings
The unique tree bark design of this ring is made to order and one of a kind (they all turn out a little different). Finish options are satin, shiny and light patina or dark patina. This ring maker uses a metal supplier that offers 100% recycled metal, plus recycles her own. Any natural diamonds used in the shop are conflict free.
Tree of Life Wedding Ring
This ring is made to order and complletely designed with 100% recycled sterling silver.