Antique stores: Used is a great way to get an eco-friendly wedding ring and antique stores will have some beauties, as will estate sales and some auctions. Vintage rings look amazing but the downside is that sizing can be iffy, the search can take longer, and it’s harder to find a ring for the groom.
Use your old jewels: If you or someone in your family has a piece of jewelry significant to your family, it can be melted down into a ring in most cases depending on the material and size of the piece. Talk to a trusted local jeweler to learn more. You can also simply wear a ring that’s been passed down in your family.
Go with alternative materials: Wooden bands are gaining in popularity and are easier to find now. There are many made with sustainable, reclaimed, or recycled wood and some with silver or other accents. The downside is that you’ll need to learn specialty care techniques and I’ve heard that if a wooden ring breaks, it can be impossible to fix. That’s something you’ll want to ask the designer about.
Go synthetic: If you’re longing for the look of a diamond, without the eco-issues, check out synthetic diamonds; basically diamonds grown in lab conditions.
Skip the ring: Wedding tattoos and alternative shared jewels are one option. Tattoos actually aren’t all that eco-friendly though, but if you and your mate choose another piece of jewelry, say a shared stone in a bracelet or necklace you’ve got plenty of sustainable options.
What sort of sustainable wedding ring are you interested in?