June 07, 2018 0 Comments

What Exactly Are Ethical Engagement Rings?

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Well, the hunt is on! You’ve discussed marriage with your other half and believe it’s time to start looking for your dream engagement ring, or hers! You already have an idea of what you desire. White gold band? Check. Halo setting? Check. Ethically sourced diamond center stone? Wait a minute. How are you supposed to know where your diamond came from?! How can you be certain you’re only browsing ethical engagement rings? You certainly don’t want to fall in love with a ring just to find out it features a blood diamond! So, what do you do?

Well, you’re already on the right path. Finding an ethically sourced engagement ring is harder than finding your average engagement ring. It takes a lot of research and patience to find your ideal engagement ring, but it takes even more research and patience to find an ethical one.

As if finding the perfect engagement ring weren’t hard enough already! But it’s so worth it…

3 Steps to Finding Ethical Engagement Rings

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Choose a Responsible Jeweler In-Person or Online

This is the most important decision for you to make when purchasing an ethical engagement ring. You want to be sure you choose an honest and responsible jeweler who respects your moral and ethical desires. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your jeweler if they know where the diamond was mined, if its conflict free and abides by the Kimberley Process, and any other details they have about the diamond’s history. There are also serious controversies surrounding precious metal mining, but most people are concerned with ethical diamonds ever since the movie Blood Diamond came out in 2006.

Recycled/reclaimed gold is a great choice for ethical engagement rings. If you’re serious about these issues, you can’t shy away from the hard questions. But beware of vague answers and assurances. A jeweler that is conscientious about ethical engagement rings should know a diamond’s complete story from diamond mine to jewelry store. If they don’t, it’s probably best for you to continue your search elsewhere.

Browse Diamond Alternatives

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If finding ethical engagement rings with conflict free diamonds is too much work and you’re slowing losing patience, consider your diamond alternatives. Simulated diamonds offer the same sparkle and shine, just without all the controversy. Simulated diamonds are man-made; they are grown in a lab so there is no concern about mining issues and workers’ rights. Two very popular options are cubic zirconia and moissanite, because these diamond simulants are very similar to diamond in sparkle and appearance. Diamond alternatives are also less expensive than natural diamonds! Not only will you feel less guilty about your purchase, you’ll also be saving money!

Go Green with Vintage Engagement Rings

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If you’re dead set on a diamond engagement ring but can’t seem to find one that meets your ethical standards at a reasonable price, there’s still hope! Consider the vast amount of vintage options that are out there. Vintage diamond engagement rings provide both ecological and ethical benefits. It’s a well-known fact that gemstone mining has a negative impact on our environment - by purchasing a vintage ring you’re not contributing to this environmental destruction. Additionally, vintage engagement rings were created before the issue of conflict diamonds. While it’s hard to be one hundred percent positive of the working conditions used to produce a vintage ring, you can be certain you’re not contributing monetarily to any political conflict of the past or present. And that’s a lot better than purchasing an engagement ring that could potentially contribute to murder, enslavement, and other illegal activity.

But, most of the time gals want a new ring that doesn't have bad omens and that's where Glamour Life Diamonds comes into play!

What is the Kimberley Process for identifying conflict diamonds?

The Kimberley Process was established in 2000 as a way to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream rough diamond market. Conflict diamonds, also referred to as blood diamonds, are diamonds that were mined in a war zone and sold to finance illegal warfare. According to the Kimberley Process website, “the Kimberley Process (KP) unites administrations, civil societies, and industry in reducing the flow of conflict diamonds – ‘rough diamonds used to finance wars against government’ – around the world.”

Now, you might be wondering:

“Why does this matter?” But when it comes down to it, it’s really quite simple. It’s all about human rights and environmentalism. The working conditions for diamond miners is dangerous and toxic. And their pay wage does not equate to the amount of risks they take every day they’re in the field. Add to that the fact that they are destroying the environment for the industry to gain profit. On top of all of that, the profits from these costly diamonds indirectly finance illegal war efforts. It’s a very slippery slope that many people have decided to fight against.

Just take a moment to let that sink in. It’s possible you never even considered your sparkly diamond could have a bloody past. But if you’re a humanitarian, an environmentalist, or socially conscious in even the slightest bit, ethical engagement rings with simulated diamonds are the way to go.

Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings at Glamour Life Diamonds

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At Glamour Life Diamonds, we completely support and comply with the Kimberley Process since all diamonds are simulated. All of the CZs in our engagement rings have been ethically sourced and produced, but have real diamond-like sparkle. Don’t risk letting questionable ethics taint a ring with such beautiful, symbolic meaning. Shop Glamour Life Diamonds and feel good about your ring when you say, "Yes" after he pops the question!

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