Follow Natalie Portman’s Example with an Eco-Friendly Engagement Ring
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Natalie Portman is known for her critically acclaimed roles in movies such as Leon, Star Wars, and most recently, Black Swan. In addition to being a fantastic actress, Portman sets a great example with her socially conscious lifestyle. A vegetarian since childhood, Portman launched her own line of vegan footwear in 2007, and switched to a vegan diet in 2009.
Her husband, Benjamin Millepied, made sure to adhere to her environmentally conscious lifestyle by proposing with an eco-friendly engagement ring. Portman’s $35,000 ring includes recycled platinum, an antique center stone, and conflict-free certified diamonds. You can follow Portman’s example with your own eco-friendly ring without having to spend your life savings.
Go the Wooden Route
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While diamonds are precious, they’re not the most eco-friendly option for a wedding ring. A beautifully carved wooden ring will symbolize your love and commitment to your partner, as well as Mother Nature. A wooden ring is the green option that will make you stand out with a one-of-a kind design.
Jewelry with Ethical Origins
If you want a ring that’s gorgeous and shiny, choose a jeweler who specializes in fair trade and ecologically responsible jewelry. Like Portman, your ring should be made from recycled gold or platinum, depending on your preference and price range. By purchasing recycled metals, you will avoid buying newly mined gold or platinum. This ultimately avoids the support of ecologically destructive mining practices.
In addition to having a ring made from recycled gold, platinum, or sterling silver, you also have to ensure that the gem you selected is mined in an eco-friendly fashion. It’s not only diamonds, but all precious gems that should be mined and shipped in an eco-friendly manner.
Learn About the Kimberley Certification
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The United Nations adopted the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in 2002 outlining the rules and regulations countries must follow when mining diamonds. The Kimberley Certification process requires that the diamond must be mined and shipped in a humane way, which is how you will have proof that your diamond is a conflict-free diamond. There are retailers around the country that specialize in conflict-free diamonds, including Tiffany & Co.
A conflict free diamond does not mean that you have to pay more. Do your research and shop around before you make your final decision. The most important thing is that the diamond has the proper certification to prove that it was mined and shipped in a humane, eco-friendly way.
Jewelry symbolic of your union doesn’t have to leave behind a significant impact on the environment. A flashy engagement ring can be created from reclaimed and repurposed materials and still look like new. Don’t worry, there are tons of eco-wedding rings! Buying green doesn’t mean you limit your options.by Berrak S.