When I started looking for more information on diamond alternatives for this post, I came across a company called greenKarat that promotes the use of recycled gold, silver, platinum and titanium along with unaltered and/or synthetic diamonds. While they do not claim to be perfect, they are doing the best they can while still competing with the big guns in this multi billion dollar industry. From their site:
– We use eco-labeling to inform consumers about green certification.
– We believe Fair Trade is good for the environment.
– We applaud ecological gold initiatives.
– We believe in recycling and offer jewelry made from recycled precious metals.
– We oppose diamond mining.
– We believe that process ethics become embedded in the end product.
They are a member of 1% For The Planet, so they also donate 1% of their profits to environmental projects around the world, along with the work they are doing for the jewelry market. Although we did not find them when we were buying our wedding rings, I really wish we had, as we would have bought something from them or another like-minded company in a heartbeat. It just makes sense. So if you are about to buy jewelry for someone or about to buy an engagement or wedding rings, you should look into buying ecologically and socially responsible jewelry from a company like this. A gleaming shiny perfect diamond or a perfect titanium ring should not be worth the sacrifice of human comfort and sustainability in faraway lands…
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