(Closed) Eco-Friendly Engagment Rings

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know you’ve already ruled out diamonds, but my engagement ring we bought from an antique jeweler.  The ring is from the 1950s – before the blood diamond market was created – and it took zero new materials or even any energy to create it for my use.  Someone already got 50+ years of use out of it, and by recycling it I get a ring that’s new to me with hardly any environmental impact.

 

ETA: this isn’t my exact ring, but it’s close.  Mine came with a matching wedding band also:

http://www.langantiques.com/products/item/10-1-2718/

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unfortunately, I’m not as eco aware as I think I should be.  I do have a gemstone based ring, though it’s more because I like the look.  I have a garnet because maroon is my favorite color, and it’s the closest color stone to maroon. 🙂  And though I’m not a jewelry person, I don’t feel very awkward with it.  I feel it’s subtle enough that it’s not like, blam, look at this ring on my finger.

Though, as a continuing thought from that…I think a great thing about the ring is that it really can reflect who you are, which means it doesn’t have to be a traditional ring.  I really liked the picture of the ring you posted, and I think that would make a lovely engagement ring.  And I think the other options you suggested would also be great.  I think there’s no reason of sticking with tradition if it doesn’t reflect your personal interests/values. 

Also…I typed in eco friendly jewelry to google and came across this link.  I have no idea how genuine this would be, or if their values really are reflective of what they advertise, but it may be a place to start? 

http://www.greenoro.com/

Good luck with your searching!  and I hope you find something that works well for you! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

What if you get something like a dress ring with gemstones in it rather than diamonds?  Like this type of thing??

 

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Post # 8
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3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi, an eco friendly ring is also something my FH and I both value.  We are getting our wedding bands from the link below, they also make engagement rings.  The weekend after Thanksgiving we visited one of the stores in Santa Fe (Reflective Images).  The guy we spoke to (Marc) is very conscious of where he gets his materials from and in seeing the rings first hand the quality is really nice!

http://www.artisanweddingrings.com/engagement_rings/c

Post # 9
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2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

What about a solid jade antique band?

Post # 13
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Newbee

@eco-chic:

I’m with you on your hunt for a eco type idea. I’m really happy that there are those of us out there who are interested in alternatives. I think I had mentioned this before, but I taught school in South Africa not far from where DeBeers has all their mines and it is really difficult to even consider a mined diamond. Having said that, I think there are so many alternatives that I’m researching. I think if we just google “eco diamonds” there should be a lot of options out there. I like the sparkle though, and probably won’t be going with only a band. I’d love to hear other ideas on eco rings/ eco diamonds that people find.

 

Post # 14
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380 posts
Helper bee

It was important to me to have my ring be as eco-friendly as possible.  For a variety of reasons I decided to get it custom made. 

I found a local jeweller who uses as much recycled metals as he can.  He designed my ring, which actually looks a lot like the one you posted!  My main request was that it be two-toned gold and I let him have artistic license otherwise.  I wasn’t against a small (Canadian) diamond, but it didn’t show up in the final designs, which I was fine with.

This is the best picture I have (I know it’s not great).  It’s being reflected, but you can see a thin band of white gold with a band of dimpled yellow gold. Unfortunately, I think the white gold isn’t recycled… there was a logistic reason he had that I can’t quite remember. 

Oh yeah, and this isn’t my engagement ring, it’s my wedding ring.  You will probably get people wondering why you don’t have a stone/gem in your ring whether it’s an engagement ring or wedding ring, so I wouldn’t let that stop you.  (Our officiant actually joked about how my wedding ring had no diamonds during our rehearsal.)  Anyways, I love my ring!!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

While reading through your post I was thinking of ONE particular ring, until you said no stones at all. =[ Here’s the ring if you’re interesting in taking a peek:http://www.etsy.com/listing/54032702/rainbow-moonstone-bezel-set-ring-14?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=rose+gold+moonstone+ring&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade

 

Rainbow Moonstone Bezel set Ring - 14 karat PINK gold

 

I kinda think this would look awesome with the band you chose, and there are no prongs to worry about. =]

Post # 16
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Newbee

These are neat rings! 

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