Reader question: I would like to propose to my wifey. She is into human rights, fair trade, etc. I don't think she would be comfortable with a diamond ring. Do you know of any nice fair trade engagement rings? Have you come across any?
Honestly, I haven't but I love a challenge! I did a bit of research and came up with a few options for you. First, here's why our reader's smart wife-to-be (she has to say yes!!) probably feels that way.
- All types of mines are dangerous to the miners and their families. This is true for metals, like gold and silver, as well.
- I know you've heard of the Kimberley Process. As much as diamond distributors would like to hand you a certificate with your diamond and assure you it's conflict-free, government controls in countries like Sierra Leone are not strong enough or able to be enforced effectively. Diamonds mined by rebel groups aren't likely to go through government channels. Click here to read more.
- A single gold ring leaves over 20 tons of mine waste.
- Metals mining is the #1 toxic polluter in the US.
- Some of the world's leading jewelry retailers have signed on to the Golden Rules, in an effort to clean up the jewelry business.
Okay! Now that I've told you the bad news, here's the good news.
There are options.
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Some companies assure you that all their metal is recycled. This means that no new mining is taking place for the production of your ring. You can also get recycled gold rings from Brilliant Earth. They come highly recommended by the green jewelry community. Brilliant Earth makes ethical original fine jewelry. They use recycled precious metals. Cred Jewelry also has recycled options.
If your loved one is into unique pieces, you might want to try another material, like wood. I LOVE Simply Wood Rings! You can commission them to do a ring, ensuring that your lucky gal/guy has a one-of-a-kind piece. These are some commissioned rings they did.
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