(Closed) Eco Friendly Rings

posted 9 years ago in Boston
Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I thought this post was helpful as well…  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-rings-tiffany-or-ecofriendly

I know you’re hesitant to buy online, but Brilliant Earth and GreenKarat are good sites.  You could also try the Alchemy section of Etsy.

This one is the the UK, but it’s fair trade metals and ethical practices:  https://store.credjewellery.com/.  We tried on their wedding bands, and they’re pretty and heavy.  If you’re willing to pay some import taxes and a carbon offset tax, then it’s an option.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My antique aquamarine ering came from a site called http://www.topazery.com– an online antiques dealer.  We were also hesitant to buy unseen, but our experience was very positive- the stone was true to description and the ring was even more beautiful in person.  They have a variety of stones and sell both antique as well as new settings.   They have an exchange policy for a period of time after purchase if you’re not happy. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Why not just buy an estate piece?  It’s basically, entirely recycled!

I got my estate piece from Bostonian Jewelers on Washington Street near Downtown Crossing.  They have a nice selection of estate pieces and also sell lab created diamonds (an option you didn’t mention looking into).  They are very reputable- I also have my wedding band made through them.  After I got married I found out that a family friend has been using them as her jeweler for decades.  They were really great.

Also in that area 333 Washington Street there are slew of jewelers that sell estate pieces- you could just walk around and see what you find.  Just don’t let them confuse actual antique, estate pieces with vintage inspired pieces that are newly made to look old fashioned.

Another option- are there any stones or settings in your of your FIs family that you could use?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Something odd happened when I tried to post this, so I hope it isn’t caught in the spam filter and will be duplicated- sorry if it is/does:

Why not just buy an estate piece?  It’s basically, entirely recycled!

I got my estate piece from Bostonian Jewelers on Washington Street near Downtown Crossing.  They have a nice selection of estate pieces and also sell lab created diamonds (an option you didn’t mention looking into).  They are very reputable- I also have my wedding band made through them.  After I got married I found out that a family friend has been using them as her jeweler for decades.  They were really great.

Also in that area 333 Washington Street there are slew of jewelers that sell estate pieces- you could just walk around and see what you find.  Just don’t let them confuse actual antique, estate pieces with vintage inspired pieces that are newly made to look old fashioned.

Another option- are there any stones or settings in your of your FIs family that you could use?

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Estate is probably the greenest option.  We found my antique setting and decided to put a new sapphire in it (the original stone had been sold separately).  I think we would have both been happier with an entirely old ring, but decided that new sapphires are not as bad as many other things.

The other thing that was been highly recommended  to me was working with an independent artist so you’re supporting local craftsman.  I have a friend who worked with someone who used 95% recycled metals…

Good luck!  It can be really frustrating to look for greener jewelry, but I promise you’ll find something you love! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I might my pitch to the FH about how important a green ring is to me.

He found the perfect ring at Queen of Heirs in Houston. There are a few great antique/vintage/estate dealers. However, do be cautious of those selling the inspired pieces as was mentioned before.

 You could also search Green Karat. Or google unique or green e-rings.

 

Best of luck.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i have my grandmother’s ring as my engagement ring, but i got my wedding band at a great vintage/estate jeweler doyle and doyle in nyc.  they sell all of their pieces online as well:

http://www.doyledoyle.com/

we are having a green wedding, and estate jewelry was our choice. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I bought (well, my fiance bought) my wedding band from Brilliant earth. I think the ring is beautiful! I don’t have a photo of it yet on me with my e-ring since we haven’t had our wedding yet, but this is the one I got

 

http://www.brilliantearth.com/rings/wedding-anniversary/anniversary-rings/view_detail/247/?path=/rings/wedding-anniversary/anniversary-rings/%3Fp%3D1%26selected_style%3D%26metal%3DPlatinum%2C18K%2520Yellow%2520Gold%2C18K%2520White%2520Gold%26collection%3D

 

I actually overlooked the ring the first few times I went to the website in my search for the perfect wedding band, but I clicked it one of the many times I was looking and I like how feminine it looked on the model’s finger. It also fits well with my Tiffany solitare, which I thought would be impossible because the rings from Tiffany’s have this little annoying nub on the bottom. 

 

The ring came in a beautiful wood box and also came with free eco-friendy jewelry cleaner :p Took a little while to get here, but the customer service was great! They emailed my fiance a few days after they shipped it to be sure we got it and were happy with it.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Kwiat uses conflict free diamonds, but probably not recycled gold.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just got my wedding ring from an Etsy seller SingleBBeautiful.

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6258539

She uses recycled metal. My ring is made with recycled white-gold with 3 conflict-free diamonds and it was very affordable. She can custom-make stuff, so you can just contact her. I recommend her to everyone!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I also had a question about eco rings. I’ve heard people say that titanium rings are eco-friendly. Is it true? Does anyone know? 

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