It’s been said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but these sparkly rocks are also Mother Earth’s best friend if you get them with the stamp of approval for conflict-free diamonds and ethical jewelry practices. So if your boyfriend is planning to go down on one knee soon, these rings will give you both a reason to smile. Here are some of our favorite conflict-free and eco-friendly diamond ring sites.
Modern and chic, Bario Neal jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia for the rock ‘n’ roll bride who fights for ethical practices as much as she fights for her right to party. This edgy piece is sourced from reclaimed precious metals (shown here in 14k white gold) and protected stones.
(Bario-Neal, starts at $2,353)
Engagement rings are tough to choose, but wedding bands can be just as difficult. Classic Creations make it simpler with a vast collection of conflict-free diamonds arranged in immaculate settings. One of our favorites is this twisted pave ring with 37 round-cut diamonds totaling .40 carats that makes a stunning backdrop for any engagement ring.
(Classic Creations, $950)
For the minimalist who likes a ring that is stunning yet not overwhelming, Andrea Bonelli has crafted a gorgeous line of rings using ethically sourced diamonds and moissanite. This diamond ring captures the essence of luxury in its purest form, requiring no side stone or filigree setting.
(Andrea Bonelli, $1,988)
Diamond in the Rough
It may be a cliche, but Diamond in the Rough speaks for itself when it comes to fine wedding jewelry. Of all the evaluated rough diamonds that flow through the jewelry company, only 1 to 3 percent of them have enough character to bear the Diamond in the Rough name; and just like a fingerprint, no two rough diamonds are the same, truly making your ring one of a kind. One of our favorite lines is the Grace collection, featuring a rough yellow diamond in a sea of micro-pave diamonds.
(Diamond in the Rough, starts at $3,500)
If your mother or grandmother (or his, for that matter) has a tradition to pass on their ring to you, Brilliant Earth is a great site that allows you to choose unique settings for loose diamonds if you want to tweak a family heirloom. Plus, 5% of Brilliant Earth’s profits are donated.
(Brilliant Earth, settings start around $500)
With the recent partnership between Blue Nile and renowned wedding gown designer Monique Lhuillier, these lavish settings form the foundation for eternally classic rings for any bride-to-be.
(Blue Nile, stone plus setting start around $500)