Work with a jeweler who sources their materials ethically and sustainably. This means purchasing from suppliers whose mines maintain safe worker conditions and minimize environmental degradation.
Manmade diamonds involve 80% fewer emissions than mined diamonds.
Seek out designers who use recycled material to create their jewelry. Some jewelers may even let you supply the material. Maybe you or your relatives have some jewelry that is outdated or they just don’t wear anymore. Ask your jeweler if the stones and/or metals can be repurposed for your ring, and you’ll have a family heirloom with your own twist.
Pass on traditional rings all together, and get tattoos instead. You’ll never have to worry about losing them, they're usually cheaper than traditional rings and you'll get to design them yourself.
If you choose to get a ring tattoo, make sure to do plenty of research and find an artist who is clean, safe and one you can trust. Most tattoo artists these days use vegan ink, so don’t be afraid to ask them about that. This way, you can make sure your tattoo is special and sustainable!
Tattoos are a personal choice and a big commitment so it’s very important to take the time you need to be sure that this is the right option for you, personally. If you are not sure, but your partner is, let them know how you feel so you can find a different ring option for yourself.
“My husband's ring was made with recycled gold from a piece of family jewelry no one was using, and I bought mine made with recycled gold from Etsy.”
“We used no conflict diamonds or mined metals for our rings, instead getting tattooed rings with vegan ink representing the red string of fate soulmate mythology.”