Green Wedding Tips: Wedding Rings!

One of the most talked about green wedding topics is wedding rings — specifically blood diamonds. There are many thoughts on diamonds and the whole diamond industry, but I’m going to set that aside for now and just help you out with some green tips to keep in mind when you’re looking at wedding rings. (By the way, check out how to pick an engagement ring!)

Wedding Rings! Photo from The Wedding Lens

  • Get a simple ring. A simple ring will take fewer resources – natural resources and energy – than a more complicated one.
  • Consider a pre-owned, re-fashioned ring. A pre-owned or re-fashioned ring means that it was already made (and probably before diamonds became known as blood diamonds!). It’s already there, use it – even if you want to transform it a bit!
  • Try a wooden wedding ring. A wooden wedding ring, while not traditional, does not require the natural resources or energy that traditional rings require.
  • Make sure it’s not a blood diamond. A simple web search can tell you all of the negative things associated with blood diamonds; make sure your ring is conflict free. A jeweler should be able to tell you the origin of your ring. If they’re not willing to help you figure it out, go elsewhere.

How did you find your wedding rings? What about your engagement rings? Tell us!

~ Natasha

4 Responses

  1. For those interested in wooden wedding or engagement rings, be sure to check out Simply Wood Rings! We are an eco-friendly, socially responsible company that creates our rings from reclaimed and recycled wood. We handcraft every ring to bring out the warmth and honesty of the wood, striving to maintain its original spirit.

  2. Thanks for the great post! I think one more important thing to mention is to make sure your rings are made from recycled precious metals. Gold mining is one of the most destructive mining industries, often releasing cyanide and arsenic into local water supplies. Even a simple gold ring still requires more than 20 tons of ore.

    Check out Brilliant Earth – all of our gold and platinum is recycled, and we also offer ethically sourced, conflict free diamonds and sapphires.

  3. Great post! There are some good tips here on how to buy eco-friendly wedding rings. So many people don’t realize the impact that one little ring has on the environment. Hopefully people start taking this into consideration when shopping for rings!

  4. […] Rings! Dont forget you both need to exchange rings on the day of the wedding. Here are some green tips on picking the rings. […]

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