Ethical Wedding Rings

 

Engagement rings and wedding bands are longstanding, beautiful symbols of unity and fidelity. With a growing international awareness about the social, political and environmental issues surrounding the mining and trade of diamonds and precious metals like gold and silver, many engaged couples want to ensure that the symbols of their commitment are ethically and environmentally produced. Luckily, there are lots of ethical ring options to choose from.

Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry | Jeweler specializing in the art of the diamond ring, engagement ring, wedding bands, earrings, custom jewelry and so much more. Nature Inspired and handmade in NYC from recycled gold and silver with natural gemstones. (Eco-Friendly, Ethically Sourced, Made in USA)
www.bmjnyc.com

Bario-Neal | Bario-Neal jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones, and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices. Bario-Neal promotes transparency, fair trade initiatives, and the development of third party certification systems for ethical jewelry. The boutique offers wedding bands, engagement rings, necklaces and also does custom work. (Eco-Friendly, Ethically Sourced, Made in USA)
www.bario-neal.com

Brilliant Earth | As a world leader in conflict free diamonds and ethical origin fine jewelry, California-based Brilliant Earth believes that high quality, stunning jewelry need not come at a great human or environmental cost. Every Brilliant Earth ring is exquisitely crafted with recycled precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones, and our beyond conflict free diamonds from Canada are hand-selected by our gemologists for exceptional brilliance and value. (Eco-Friendly, Ethically Sourced, Made in USA)
www.BrilliantEarth.com

CRED Jewelry | Based in the United Kingdom, CRED have been pioneers in ethical jewellery since 1996. They were founding members of the Alliance for Responsible Mining. CRED was instrumental in the introduction of the Fairtrade mark for gold in early 2011. They were the first European retailer to sell independently certified fair trade gold, and the first high street boutique to exclusively sell ethical jewellery. In 2003 we produced the world's first truly ethical wedding rings: wedding bands made from gold from a traceable source that was certified as environmentally and socially responsible. (Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly)
www.credjewellery.com

Fair Trade Jewelry Company | Fair Trade Jewellery Co. (FTJCo) Was the first jeweller in North America to offer fine jewellery made of Fairtrade® Fairmined® Metals.  Based out of Toronto Canada they are a small family company focused on designing and manufacturing ethical fine jewelry. (Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade)
www.ftjco.com

Ingle & Rhode | Ingle & Rhode are passionate about creating beautiful bespoke jewellery and committed to ethical sourcing. In particular, they use only conflict-free diamonds and fair trade gold which is produced without the use of mercury or cyanide. They specialise in engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings.  Ingle & Rhode work with award-winning designers and the finest craftsmen in the industry, producing all of their ethical jewelry to order in the UK. (Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade) www.ingleandrhode.co.uk

Ken & Dana Design | Ken & Dana Design are dedicated to creating sculptural jewelry with an emphasis on symbolism and fine craftsmanship. They maintain a holistic approach to our business to ensure that each piece is environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and incredibly unique. The ken + dana design label includes a collection of engagement rings and wedding bands, as well as a fine line collection. Made in USA. (Eco-Friendly, People-Friendly, Made in USA) shop.kenanddanadesign.com

McFarland Designs | Recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones are skillfully combined to create wearable works of art that you can truly feel good about, confident that their creation did not exploit workers or the environment. Specializing in sustainable, eco-friendly wedding rings. Made by hand with love in California. (Eco-Friendly, Some Fair Trade, Made in USA)
www.mcfarlanddesigns.com

Simply Wood Rings | Simply Wood Rings is an eco-conscious artisan shop that takes pride in the production of jewelry made from salvaged materials such as wood, metal, sand and stone. (Eco-Friendly, Made in USA)
www.simplywoodrings.com

Other Resources:

Ethical Metalsmiths |You can also find other ethical jewelers through the non-profit organization Ethical Metalsmiths. Ethical Metalsmiths is committed to leading jewelers and consumers in becoming informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development and verified, ethical sources for gold, diamonds and other materials used for jewelry. Ethical Metalsmiths' vision is a world in which people can create and enjoy jewelry made with materials from responsible sources that respect and protect the earth, its peoples, and cultures.
www.ethicalmetalsmiths.org

FairTrade Gold | FairTrade Gold and Silver was recently started by Fair Trade International., FLO. Fairtrade certified gold comes from artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) organisations that meet the Fairtrade gold standard. This means the gold has been responsibly mined and that the miners have received a Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium, which assists social, environmental and economic development in the communities. There is a growing movement by Ethical Metalsmiths and others to bring the FairTrade Gold initiative to the United States. To learn more about the practices of FairGold go to: www.fairgold.org

Fair Jewelry Action | Fair Jewelry Action (FjA) is a Human Rights and Environmental Justice Network within the jewelry sector. FJA promotes ethical and fair trade jewelry practices by advocating traceability and transparency in the jewelry supply chain.
www.fairjewelry.org

 

Regardless of the type of engagement ring and wedding bands you choose, be sure to do your homework first. It’s really important to know what you’re looking for. Do you want gold or platinum? Do you want a diamond? What cut of diamond do you like? Beyond aesthetics, make sure that you take the time to get educated about companies before you buy. Read customer reviews on jewelers, look into their policies, and ask about how they certify their diamonds and where they source their materials.