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Buying Green Engagement Rings June 14, 2007

Posted by Jill Renee in : Buying Engagement Rings, Engagement Rings, Green Weddings, Jewelry Care , trackback

I get lots of questions posed to me, but the one that I seem to be hearing a lot of lately is in regards to Earth friendly, or “Green” jewelry. Most recently I received an email from a gentleman that was concerned about picking out an engagement ring for his girlfriend as she was very passionate about the environment and he didn’t want to spoil his proposal by giving her a ring that would cause a conflict in her life, given her beliefs on mining. He had been doing research on Earth Friendly jewelry and came across Danforth as a supplier, and had questions about Green gold, synthetic stones, and Palladium.

This was my answer to his dilemma:
Your dilemma is not so unusual and I have been wondering what I can do to be a responsible member of our fragile planet in regards to jewelry and diamonds.Recently, one new option has been brought to my attention. Some jewelry manufacture companies have been using recycled precious metals to make their jewelry.

This metal was previously mined and made into jewelry and then remelted and turned back into pure metals to once again be alloyed and used. The challenge here is to choose a responsible refiner who only uses earth wise methods for refining. In the past harmful chemicals were used in this process but now new methods have allowed the refining process to be clean and environmentally friendly. Palladium is a metal that is also mined from the earth but the company that mines the Palladium that we use is right here in the and they are earth friendly. We can also purchase recycled Palladium. I am making a decision to offer a line of rings that are made from recycled metals only. These rings will require no mining to get the metal. The metal will be totally recycled. I think your girlfriend could feel proud and good about wearing one of these rings.As far as diamonds go I am committed to sell only conflict free diamonds from responsible vendors who comply with the Kimberley Process and all of their guidelines. Another option would be to purchase a synthetic diamond. Charles and Colvard is a company that sells moissanite which is man made silicon carbide that closely resembles a diamond. You can easily research this online. Of course there are other man made options that you could also use. If you would like to purchase a recycled ring let me know and I can help you with the setting. I only sell conflict free diamonds so I cannot help you with the synthetic stones. Hope this helps you with your decision.

Thank you and Best Wishes
Jill Renee


1. kristen vore - June 14, 2007

Am delighted to see your support of eco-friendly practices in your business. I would not have realized this without taking the time to explore your website and blog and would suggest that you put this info out in front on your homepage- give yourselves some credit!

2. portrait wedding anniversary gifts - June 14, 2007

Great suggestion! I never knew something like this before – nature-friendly ring. But I also need your help. I have a friend who doesn’t believe in wedding proposals. In fact, he finds wedding or engagement rings boring and too dramatic. What’s your advice on this case?

3. Terry - June 21, 2007

This is something I don’t see too often when green engagement rings are so beautiful. Men listen up and pay attention to this one!

4. Dan - January 3, 2009

This is a fantastic article! I have been in search of an engagement ring for a few months. At first, I was completely lost, especially as my girlfriend is very conscious about the environment. I was not really interested in a synthetic diamond. I have done quite a bit of research and found antique engagement rings are a great option for people looking to use materials that have already been extracted from the earth. When researching palladium vs. platinum, both are durable and hypoallergenic. The qualities found in platinum clearly surpass those of palladium, you will receive more density and a greater value as platinum will last forever and rarely loses metal (palladium is much more brittle). Also, even though they are both natural metals, platinum’s natural color is white, whereas palladium can be darker shades. Overtime, platinum will develop matte luster that many people love, known as it’s “patina.” Antique dealers provide an amazing opportunity for the highest quality ring, at a dramatically lower price, and one that has a little history attached. I found there are many, many options for antique platinum engagement rings. Hope this helps. Best of luck!

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