“If you like it then you should have put a (frugal and environmentally friendly) ring on it!”
What are your options for inexpensive and eco/ fairly traded engagement and wedding rings? Here are some ideas to consider:
The engagement and wedding bands pictured are on my cousin’s hand and were from Trade Me (New Zealand version of EBay) for a true bargain. She tells me that she had the choice of many beautiful vintage rings for just a fraction of the cost. You just can’t be weird about wearing rings from a deceased person…
Get searching amongst antique dealers and Ebay- or better yet, Great Granny’s jewellery box.
Small, Independent Designers
My own ring was made for me by my brilliant goldsmith friend. You might not all have goldsmith mates- but there are many brilliant independents doing wedding bands out there.
A browse on Etsy returns heaps of options- one reader used Etsy and found a goldsmith in Berlin she was delighted with.
CRED go that one step further by using certified Fair Trade silver and gold and their designs are stunning.
Non Conflict Diamonds
The diamond industry is wrought with injustice and human rights abuses, it is on a slow journey of recovery. Specify specially labeled Conflict Free diamonds or choose man made diamonds, as I did. You cannae tell the difference!
DIY Wedding Rings
If you live on the UK you and your partner can do a course with the London Jewellery School and make your own. I absolutely love this idea- what a special thing to do together before your wedding, too.
Melting other jewellery
Another way I saved on my wedding ring was by melting my engagement ring into it! I wanted to keep my engagement ring but I didn’t want two very different, very precious rings. So I used one to make the other.
How did you marry your conscience and your budget when choosing your wedding rings?