Recycle, re-purpose, renew—the three major principles of an environmentally friendly lifestyle. So how, you may ask, does one maintain these standards when shopping for eco-friendly engagement rings? Luckily, shopping with sustainability in mind does not limit your engagement ring options.
One of the most popular alternatives to buying a diamond engagement ring with uncertain origins is to shop vintage instead. With vintage engagement rings growing in popularity and demand, you’ll surely find something that fits both your style and ethical way of life.
Why shop vintage engagement rings?
Vintage engagement rings are a conflict-free option for the environmentally and ethically conscious bride. When you buy vintage, you can feel at ease knowing that your purchase won’t add further strain to Earth’s already fragile ecosystem. Buying vintage eliminates the need for mining precious metals and excavating gemstones, activities which adversely effect the environment. Some of these effects include deforestation, soil erosion, and the pollution of local water sources. Not to mention, transportation of these goods is not necessary, meaning you won’t be responsible for contributing to atmospheric pollution.
Selecting a vintage engagement ring is another way of recycling and re-purposing—taking what was once someone else’s beloved treasure and making it your own.
Not only are vintage engagement rings environmentally friendly, they’re also an ethically sound option. Unfortunately, diamonds, colored gemstones, and precious metals are often sourced from regions of the world where there is severe conflict. The harvest and sale of these highly coveted riches has frequently led to violence, civilian exploitation, and devastating warfare within the underdeveloped countries where these resources are abundant. Choosing a vintage engagement ring allows you to be sure that your purchase will not help fund these unethical practices.
If you’re concerned about how vintage eco-friendly engagement rings compare to their modern counterparts, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, vintage engagement rings have proven to withstand the tests of time. After all, vintage jewelry has been pre-owned and has likely lived a full life before landing in your hands. Jewelry from previous eras has been designed to last. Vintage engagement rings can often be a more affordable option as well, since you are buying something that is pre-owned. In addition to these reasons for choosing vintage, you can also be sure that the engagement ring you select will be one-of-a-kind and set your ring apart from the rest. Many vintage pieces were designed before modern-day methods of mass production. This means they were carefully crafted by hand and likely fashioned from materials of the highest quality.
If you consider yourself environmentally and ethically cognizant and wish to apply these ideals when shopping for your big day, there’s no better way than choosing a vintage engagement ring!
Find vintage jewelry in San Diego
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers in San Diego has an unbelievable selection of vintage engagement rings to fit any taste. Let us help you find something that not only compliments your style, but your eco-friendly values as well!