Green Engagement Rings
“Going green” is a phrase you hear often these days, and it has become increasingly associated with wedding planning and selecting an engagement ring. People are becoming more aware of the impact that their day to day activities have on the environment, and that awareness has extended to meaningful consumer choices. Packaging for products has become slimmer to create less waste in landfills, recycling is a given in most city trash systems, hybrid vehicles abound, and more and more people are realizing that they can show their eco-friendly commitment with a green engagement ring, which now come in a wide variety of different styles.
Brilliant Earth offers eco-friendly engagement rings that are untainted by the environmentally destructive practices of gold mining. Gold mining is one of the most environmentally destructive forms of mining, with nearly 20 tons of ore required to produce enough gold for one single ring and serious risks of catastrophic cyanide spills. Gold mining is also the second leading cause of mercury pollution, which causes severe and widespread health consequences. As you can see, gold mining can wreak havoc on the environment, so consumers looking for eco-friendly fine jewelry will look for retailers that offer an environmentally friendly metal alternative.
Green engagement rings are made out of recycled gold and platinum that require no additional mining. Using recycled precious metals means altogether avoiding any further impact from mining or extraction. So, where do recycled precious metals come from? Producers of green engagement rings use precious metals from existing jewelry or other post-consumer sources. They then re-refine the metals back into their pure elements, so they are indistinguishable from non-recycled precious metals. They can even re-refine metals from electronics components! Once the original purity level is restored, the precious metals are crafted into dazzling rings. There is no difference in the quality of the recycled gold or platinum—each piece is just as durable and gorgeous as those crafted from non-recycled precious metals.
As the leading retailer of ethical fine jewelry, Brilliant Earth also offers a wide selection of center gems that meet the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. Our beyond conflict free diamonds and ethically sourced precious gemstones are responsibly mined using methods that minimize environmental impact, are wholly free of violence or worker exploitation, and contribute to the surrounding communities.
When you want your engagement ring to be a pure symbol of your love and values, then you may consider a green engagement ring to tie the knot. With Brilliant Earth’s extensive selection of styles and impeccable craftsmanship, you can rest assured that your engagement ring will be a cherished piece you are proud to wear.