Recycled Bride: Beyond the Diamond Ring

Posted by Azure on January 6th, 2010
About Recycled Bride Alternatives to the standard wedding bling for eco-gals and their eviro-men.

Have you ever questioned the logic of spending 3 months salary on an engagement ring? Through-the-roof jewelry prices, combined with the ugly realities of the diamond trade and the gold mining industry, are enough to make any smart couple choose alternative jewels. Here are four ways to find sustainable wedding bling: Vintage and antique rings are always my personal favorite, because the greenest ring is the one that already exists. No new resources are used to make a vintage ring, so buying one is essentially recycling. And since diamonds, platinum and gold are among the most durable substances known to man, your ring will sparkle the same no matter what its age. Shop vintage jewelry websites like Israel Rose or search wedding resale sites like Recycled Bride for vintage treasures. Looking for a more affordable antique engagement ring? Search for a vintage zircon ring. Not to be confused with synthetic cubic zirconia, the zircon is a natural stone that comes in many colors. Silver zircons resemble diamonds, and were often used to make wedding jewelry pre-1950. Brilliant Earth makes high quality jewelry from ethically sourced and recycled materials. Everything from Brilliant Earth's diamonds to their packaging are produced with social responsibility and sustainability in mind. Brilliant Earth also provides great educational content for couples interested in responsible jewelry buying. GreenKarat is another great resource for ethical jewelry. Their mission is to increase awareness about dirty gold mining, and to teach consumers about the importance of only buying recycled gold. GreenKarat's homepage tells us that there is already enough mined gold in the world to satisfy all demands of the jewelry industry for the next 50 years. Isn't that amazing? If everybody recycled their gold jewelry and bought only post-consumer gold, we could shut down dirty gold mines everywhere. Turtle Love Committee makes cool engagement rings and wedding bands that are good for people, the planet, and your wallet. When Turtle Love Committee founder Adrianne Zahner noticed that all of her friends and co-workers had nearly identical diamond engagement rings, she decided to create alternative, eco-friendly bling for hip brides, using stones like monhegan moonstone, topaz and amethyst.

Turtle Love Committee says it best: "We think that the decision to spend a lifetime together should be about love and commitment, not about expensive cookie-cutter jewelry." Hear, hear! Helpful Links: Engagement and Wedding Ring Gallery
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