A growing number of jewelers are making the shift to recycled precious metals to satisfy younger, increasingly conscious consumers. Gold is one of the rare materials that can be repeatedly recycled without degradation, meaning there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t consider purchasing a ring made of recycled gold.
“Our recycled gold is refined back into its pure element and is the same purity as newly mined gold,” says Zamagias, in turn reducing the need for newly mined gold and its associated impact on the environment and surrounding communities. You can also repurpose gold you already own, either from another piece of jewelry or a family heirloom, to avoid using new metals.
Remember: you can always go vintage! By purchasing a vintage piece, you’re eliminating the need for more mining and lessening the demand for new diamonds—not to mention there are thousands of gorgeous vintage finds to choose from, each of which has its own unique backstory.
Below, we’ve rounded up a list of vintage, sustainable engagement rings, and ethical engagement rings—stunning pieces from brands that are working to create a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable industry.
If you’re not one to overdo it with accessories and a solitaire ring isn’t your thing, these understated pieces pack up a punch while keeping a low profile.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, you can’t go wrong with a classic (or updated) solitaire.
Buying vintage is a fantastic way to reduce your impact on the environment, and there are tons of incredible options to choose from, like this jaw-dropping Art Deco number from Gray and Davis.
Speaking of Art Deco, consider channeling Daisy Buchanan with a sleek geometric piece that harkens back to the glamour of the roaring ’20s.
If diamonds aren’t your thing (and they very well might not be!), there are countless other gemstones to choose from, all of which will look fantastic on your finger. When you’re dealing with other gems, you can often get more stone for your money, so don’t be afraid to go big.
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting a ring that cuts a more traditional profile, it’s helpful to remember that there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from branching out. Stars? Flowers? Why not?
You’ll be the one wearing this ring day in and day out, so don’t let preconceived notions about what an “engagement” ring looks like prevent you from exploring other options. The most important thing is that you find a piece you love—whether it’s a classic solitaire, a stunning vintage find, or something totally unexpected.