Post # 1
So I’m a bit of a eco-friendly gal. I spent some time previously working in conservation efforts, and lets say I just really care about the effects we have our on planet. My boyfriend, soon fiance and I have been talking about our upcoming engagement (Jan) prospectively, and what type of ring I would like.
For me diamonds were immediately out, I really have no interest in sporting a blood diamond. I also have no interest in sporting a “conflict-free diamond”, since recent reports show us theres no way to garentee conflict free, and even Canadian diamonds have a bit of dirt on them. So I thought of moissinite, very pretty lab created gems that mimick diamonds. But then I said nope… no diamond representation at all. Maybe a gemstone?
I never wear rings, like rarely ever, and feel like a big gemstone pertruding from my finger would drive me absolutely insane. So I looked into wooden rings (another eco-friendly option), was absolutely in love until I found out… they don’t hold up to hand sanitizer. I like my handsanitizer people…. so what a mess. I’m so glad my boyfriend is patient with me. 🙂
So here’s my current thought…. a hammered (kind of organic looking) recycled rose gold, or yellow gold band. I know, kinda like a wedding band…. but I think it would be the most comfortable option for me at this point.
Anyone have any suggestions? Perhaps an eco-friendly choice that you have opted for that goes somewhat against the grain here? Anything non-traditional? If you have an eco-friendly ring I’d love to hear your story, or see pictures!
I know I’m not really looking forward to the prospect of explaining, why do you have just a band on your finger to everyone who wants to take a look.
Post # 3
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:
Post # 4
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?
Good luck with your searching! and I hope you find something that works well for you!
Post # 5
That is a fabulous eco-friendly option. I’m sorry I didn’t address that in my post. But I guess I’m a little un-conventional in the fact that I don’t want to represent the diamond industry at all…
I hope that doesn’t offend anyone, because that is not at all what I mean to do. It’s great that people have gotten lab created, and diamond alternatives, gem stones, and antique.
I just like being comfortable and natural.
Post # 6
@judithsr: Thank you. I’m definitely looking into that website. I’ve been mostly looking at indepent arists work off of Etsy. 🙂
Post # 7
What if you get something like a dress ring with gemstones in it rather than diamonds? Like this type of thing??
Post # 8
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!
Post # 9
What about a solid jade antique band?
Post # 10
@StarryNight2011: Thanks for the info. I will check them out!
@unixfairy:I’ve never heard of that before… do you have a link or pictures? That sounds interesting.
Post # 12
Have you checked out this place – they were suggested on apracticalwedding.com
Post # 13
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
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
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
I kinda think this would look awesome with the band you chose, and there are no prongs to worry about. =]