When it comes to asking your partner to marry you and buying an engagement ring, it is a big investment so you will want to make sure that you pay a fair price for a genuine product that comes from ethical sources. Fairtrade Gold and conflict free diamonds ensure that the jewelry is created with the knowledge that the materials are from an ethical source using transparent methods.
Fairtrade Gold is mined and produced in a fair and transparent process, which ensures that everyone along the way is paid fairly, from the miners themselves to the jewellery designers and makers. It allows small independent companies and miners to compete with the larger firms and get paid a fair price. Many jewellers actively advertise the fact that their gold is sourced ethically and it is used as a selling point for their products. Make a search on the internet for ethical engagement rings, and you will discover a rich variety of dazzling jewelry from many different companies.
Conflict Free Diamonds
There are many conflicts around the world which receive funding by the sale of a country’s natural resources, and diamonds are one such resource used, especially in some of the African countries. When you buy a conflict-free stone, there is a trail of paperwork from where the stone was extracted from the mine, along the entire process until it is made into an item of jewellery and sold. By purchasing conflict-free diamonds, you can make sure that the stones you buy come from an ethical source, and the money that you pay is not going to fund a war or insurgency.
Choosing an Ethical Jeweller
Many companies in the marketplace offer Fairtrade gold and conflict free diamonds. You may be looking at designing interlocking diamonds rings, or looking for something much simpler. A quick search on the internet and you can find a host of quality companies offering high-quality vintage jewellery. Take a look at each company and see what their credentials and accreditations are, you will want to look for certifications such as:
- The Gemmological Association of Great Britain
- British Jewellers Association
- Responsible Jewellery Council
As mentioned earlier, many companies will actively market that their products are from ethical sources, as this is a great selling point for the ever more conscientious consumer. You can take a look at all of the websites and see which companies state this claim on their products, and if you cannot see any claim such as this, you can contact the company through their website and ask them directly.
A Happily Ever After
Now that you have your ethical engagement ring, you can ask the light of your life to marry you and get ready to start the journey of the rest of your life together. Content with the fact that the gold used to make your future wife’s engagement ring was from a Fairtrade source, and the diamonds did not pay to fund more injuries on people. If that is not a statement to your future wife, I don’t know what is!