We've all seen Blood Diamond. We are aware of conflict diamonds and the effects that mining has on our eco system. But, let's face it... most of us want to have a diamond and a fairy tale wedding to go along with it. So how do we make it happen?
There are many alternatives to an engagement/wedding ring.
I personally love Brilliant Earth. The company is eco friendly, adheres to a strict ethical code and offers the option of building your own ring. Not only that, there is also a lovely selection of recycled gold/platinum jewelry as well as casual wear. Brilliant Earth also donates 5% of their profits to further education and development in several causes, such as land restoration and responsible mining. www.brilliantearth.com
Ziamond, also a wonderful choice, offers cubic zirconia as staple in their jewelry. Cubic zirconia has grown in popularity due to it's low cost, durability and similarity to the diamond. However, it is man made and eco friendly. I particularyly love Ziamond because it offers celebrity inspired jewelry, as well as a couture collection for formal events. http://www.ziamond.com/
Finally, there's the Moissanite Diamond. This diamond was originally found in meteorite fragments and has now evolved into fine jewelry. It is said that the Moissanite Diamond even surpasses real diamonds when it comes to brilliance. How's that for shiny? www.moissanitediamond.com
These three shops are my personal choice. However, I know there are many shops on Etsy that offer similar services. And let's not forget that recycling is a great way to be eco friendly. If you're not getting a ring that's been passed down, I strongly urge you to begin the tradition.
Now, do you think it's possible to have a vegan wedding? Because I do and I will get back to you on how I would make the big day happen soon...