An engagement ring is now a universally recognised symbol of commitment, and a sign you’re about to step into a whole new phase of your life and your relationship. Whether your taste is in simple bands, unusual stones and designs, or as much diamond as your left hand can handle, there are a million different ways for you to mark your commitment to yourself or your partner. Not a traditionalist? You might even want to bypass marriage altogether and buy a ring for yourself to mark your own personal milestone or promises to yourself.
Either way, knowing your jewellery was produced ethically, with care for both the people who made it and the materials it was made from, makes for an engagement ring you can wear with confidence and pride. We’ve created an edit of some of our favourite designers who make sustainable engagement rings that are beautiful pieces to gift, or receive.
Splitting her time between New York and Bali, Alexandra Mor creates custom, intricate rings crafted from diamond and precious metals, often working with ethical alternatives to classic materials, like tagua seeds instead of ivory. She also counts Beyoncé and Naomi Campbell as clients.
If your tastes tend towards the eclectic, we suggest perusing Stephen Webster’s work. The British jewel maven’s fairtrade-certified rings are UK-made and all suppliers are paid the local living wage.
Lebanese designer Noor Fares makes colourful jewels intended as ‘modern-day talismans.’ Her Positive Luxury-certified gems, inspired by her childhood love of myths and fairytales, have been spotted on actresses Lily James and Salma Hayek.
Berlin-based Alina Abegg‘s playful designs are a great choice for a fun, modern engagement ring that does not compromise on luxury. Alina utilises recycled gold and guarantees conflict-free diamonds in all her work.
With more than 130 years of diamond expertise, Forevermark‘s approach to designing stunning jewellery with exquisite and ethical stones is unparalleled. If you’re looking for a piece that will be treasured for generations, look no further than this brand.
On the hunt for a modern heirloom? KBH’s sparkling diamonds are cultivated in labs, not mines, bypassing the risk of buying a conflict gem altogether. All gold used is 100% recycled, too.
Handmade in Spain, Kukka designer Conchi Fernandez is able to closely monitor each part of her supply chain to ensure her intricate rings are ethically crafted.
London-based MyriamSOS creates fantastical designs with ethically-sourced materials that are sure to be conversation-starters. If you’re looking for a bespoke design, she offers a custom-made service to create a totally unique engagement ring.
Women-owned jewellers Thesis Gems hail from San Francisco. Their diamonds are either certified Canadian diamonds, or re-cut post-consumer diamonds to ensure sustainability and traceability.
Washed Ashore is serious about its sustainability credentials. The brand has selected one supplier that uses 100% recycled fine metals and processes, and refines and repurposes gold and silver itself, so 100% of the brand’s metals are traceable.
‘Frank Darling is only old-fashioned when it comes to romance.’ So say the brand’s founders, who refashion existing precious metals and work with reclaimed diamonds from their NYC studio to create modern-day love tokens.
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