After nearly seven years of dating, I proposed to my girlfriend on Christmas day with a ring made of recycled gold and a conflict-free Canadian diamond. Since I consider the "greenness" of everything I purchase for my home, I was certainly going to do the same for something that should hopefully last a lifetime. But finding the right ring wasn't easy!
Not only did the ring have to be green and attractive, it had to have a low profile (Not only do we do a lot of home improvement together, but she's a scientist and wears easily-pierced latex gloves on a daily basis). There are plenty of options out there; those with and without diamonds. As we are relatively non-traditional, a diamond wasn't really a requisite but an antique or conflict-free one was definitely allowed.
I considered antique rings from stores including Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry, artisan rings from Esty such as those from Bloom Studios (pictured here to the left) and finally those from a couple well marketed online companies that sell green tokens of love including GreenKarat, crafting ecologically and socially responsible jewelry, and Brilliant Earth, a company that carries only conflict free diamond jewelry made with renewed gold and platinum.
When it came down to it however, I settled on something somewhat traditional but that met all of the above requirements with a ring from Brilliant Earth that uses post-consumer sources including existing jewelry, industrial-use metals and electronics components. Every piece is cast with 100% recycled and re-refined precious metals.
Luckily, Jean loves the ring ... so let the green wedding planning begin!