Friday, May 21, 2010
Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings
If you're not so lucky or don't like the idea of wearing a not-new ring, there are other options available. Eco-friendly wedding rings are getting easier to find and more stylish. Here's a few ideas to consider when you're shopping around for that perfect wedding band:
-Rings that have been made from recycled gold. In some cases you can bring in gold that you have, and have it melted down and used for your ring.
-Canada-mined diamonds. Still ecologically destructive, but at least the workers are paid fair wages, unlike in some other countries.
-Lab-grown diamonds. They look exactly the same as naturally formed diamonds, but with no negative environmental impact.
-Skip diamonds in favour of less precious (and more eco-friendly) gems.
-Skip gold, platinum and diamonds altogether and get a wooden wedding band. My favourite is shown at the top of this post, and is Canada-made, from Touch Wood Rings.
-There's a lot of talk about "blood diamonds", which are diamonds sold to fund wars. Very, very few diamonds are blood diamonds (it's estimated about 0.2% of diamonds). If you're concerned, you can ask the jewelry store to provide a Kimberley Process Certification, which certifies that your diamond was not a blood diamond.
-Get a ring custom made by searching websites like Etsy for just the right designer.
A couple of my favourite websites for wedding bands are Green Karat, Brilliant Earth, Etsy, and Touch Wood Rings. If you're in Winnipeg, Birks has the most comprehensive environmental policy that I've seen.
Good luck ring shopping!