Our society is beginning to wake up to ways in which we use or abuse our natural resources. Some people aim to make the small changes in their lives that add up, such as buying organic produce, shop local, cut down on waste and unnecessary electricity usage. Others may have even taken a Permaculture class, started a green business or change occupations in pursuit of a rewarding and healthy career. One life changing decision that is not to be overlooked in one’s efforts to go green is the biggest day of your life- your wedding.
If you already integrate sustainable living habits into your daily life then having an eco-friendly wedding is not going to be much of a stretch. You’ll probably apply the same mindset to this event that you do your own life and make sure those recycling bins are ready at the reception. Yet, have you thought about the rock, you’ll wear for the rest of your life? Unfortunately the ideal wedding ring, a diamond has long been associated with humanitarian violence and environmental destruction. Blood diamonds are real and although there have been significant efforts to curb their mining and sale, if not careful one can wind up on your hands.
The wedding ring, the symbol of your life can be just as conscientious as you. You don’t even need a diamond to symbolize your commitment. Here’s a short list of eco friendly wedding ring options. If you know of others please share them with other couples in the comments section, or write to us.
Manfuactered Diamonds aka Lab Diamonds
Lab diamonds are a new innovation that enables people to enjoy an authentic diamond at a significantly lower cost. Yes, they are made in a lab so they aren’t completely “natural” in that sense but the way they are “manufactured” ensures that no person or persons was hurt in the process. The biggest benefit of a lab diamond? No one can tell the difference. And at more affordable price, you can get a bigger rock too.
Family “Used” Diamonds
This is recycling at its finest. Unlike other items that can show wear, a diamond when reset is just as new as one purchased from DeBeers. Not only that, you’ll have a family heirloom. Don’t have any family diamonds? A reputable jeweler will be able to find you a diamond that has a long track record in the US or other country. On caveat is that an diamond imported from a long time ago has a higher chance of being a conflict diamond, an unfortunate reality but at least you know for sure that you will not be perpetuating the problem by purchasing a newly mined diamond.
Fine Gemstones. Diamonds Aren’t Always a Girl’s Best Friend
An eco friendly wedding ring need not be conventional. A diamond ring is just a symbol, if you like other gemstones better, why not have your own sapphire, or ruby? These can also be created at a lab, purchased as used or sourced from ethical mines and resellers.
Recycled Precious Metal
For the minimalist bride, a simple wedding band will do. Making a wedding ring out of old silver or gold jewelry will be unique and truly eco in its simplicity and resourcefulness. A hubby can enjoy a simple band too from his favorite precious metal with a personal engraving on the inside.
A green wedding ring need not be too alternative or even expensive. Your creativity, personal desires and consciousness for the environment and humanity can help you make the right decision in choosing the piece of jewelry that you will want to wear for the rest of your life.