Before you start shopping for your wedding ring, check out traits of eco-friendly wedding rings, then keep reading to gather some ideas.
First of all, there’s no set rule that says you need a ring to get married. A ring equals neither true commitment or love in the long run. Still, engagement rings and/or wedding rings are an important part of getting married for many individuals and luckily, you do have greener and more ethical options, such as…
Some people feel any ring, made with any non-sustainable stone, is unethical, however, buying used anything is almost always more eco-friendly than buying a new object. Even if the stone is questionable, you’re buying something already in existence, which contributes less to the issue of mining stones than buying new does. Estate sales, antique stores and some auctions will have vintage rings than look amazing. Some downsides of purchasing an older ring include sizing problems and rings for the groom are less common.
Look at handmade rings
Clearly, not all handmade rings are eco-friendly. However, buying a ring from a smaller company makes it easier to research where the ring materials came from or you can request specific eco-friendly gems and recycled materials be used.
Re-use your own stones
If you or someone in your family has significant piece of jewelry it can be melted down into a ring in most cases depending on the material and size of the piece. You can also simply wear a ring that’s been passed down in your family.
Choose alternative materials
Ethical wooden bands, recycled glass, found beach glass, found stones, or any other recycled material, such as silver are popular and easier to find now than in the past.
If you’re longing for the look of a diamond, without the eco-issues, check out synthetic diamonds, which are basically man-made diamonds grown in lab conditions. A major downside of synthetic stones, especially ones that look like diamonds (such as Moissanite) in my opinion, is that you’re still wearing a “diamond,” fake or not, which I do feel promotes diamonds as something worth something, which in turn encourages people to keep right on buying them, no matter how unethical they are.
Personally, I like the idea of wedding rings, but I do feel that needing an expensive, or expensive looking, diamond ring in order to prove commitment is an arbitrary idea that honestly, makes very little sense in the grand scheme of spending your life with someone.
What kind of wedding ring do you want?