E N G A G E M E N T R I N G S. Let’s be real friends: these words made you smile a little, right? Who doesn’t love looking at breathtaking engagement rings?! But let’s slow down: where are these rings made? Are the diamonds, gems, and metals sourced ethically?
Conflict diamonds currently flood the jewelry industry and it remains difficult to trace the true origin of most diamonds +gems. Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are materials (diamonds, gems, and metals) that have been sourced from a country in war or conflict through tactics of violence or intimidation of civilians. Typically, these luxurious materials are sold for a high price to fund war and conflict (learn more here). How can you be sure that your engagement ring is free of conflict diamonds and unethical materials? Can conflict free diamonds, gems, and materials actually be affordable?
Hello Rosados Box! I first came across Rosados Box when my (now) husband and I were dating. We had only been “official” for a few months, but knew without a doubt marriage was in our near future. At first, my husband suggested he would like to pick out my engagement ring, as it would be a significantly more meaningful surprise. Then he began looking at rings (insert dramatic music here) and quickly felt overwhelmed by all the choices. He knew I would be wearing this ring for the rest of my life and wanted to ensure that I didn’t just like it, but loved it. As much as I love surprises, I was thankful my sweet man knew my passion for design and ethical style and enlisted my help in this daunting quest. I quickly began my search for my dream ring!
I knew I wanted a unique, ethically made, conflict-free gemstone and I was drawn to pink hues and rose gold metals. I began my search on Etsy and was joyfully surprised to find my dream ring from Rosados Box. My perfect ring not only had a conflict-free Morganite stone, but it also used conflict-free accent diamonds and recycled rose gold in the band. Best of all, it was actually affordable (gasp!) I love my engagement ring! I still catch myself staring at it from multiple angles on any given day.
Months later, Nicholas proposed during a meaningful trip to Uganda, a country I used to call home. As the wedding planning commenced, next on my list was finding an ethical wedding band. I wanted something simple that lacked distraction so I could wear it while teaching abroad. I raced back to scour Etsy and thankfully found Tiny Sparkle Studio. I knew the simplicity of their twisted rose gold bands would elegantly match my engagement ring, but not compete. Furthermore, I could easily wear two of these stackables side by side while teaching. Once again: their rings are so affordable! My sister-in-law and I both purchased twisted bands and absolutely love them.
There you have it, friends: finding incredibly gorgeous and affordable ethical engagement rings + wedding bands is actually attainable. You’re welcome 😉