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16 beautiful ethical engagement rings for a Christmas or New Year’s Eve proposal

Charlie / 10 November 2016

16 beautiful ethical engagement rings for a Christmas or New Year's Eve proposal // The Natural Wedding Company

With Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve less than two months away what better time for a round-up of our favourite 16 ethical engagement rings. With those two days the most popular days in the whole year to get engaged, I imagine there are a lot of (slightly anxious) men and women out there with rings on their mind.

Why choose an ethical engagement ring?

There are all kinds of ways to propose these days, but it has never been easier to choose an ethical engagement ring. What do we mean by ‘ethical’? We are talking about engagement rings made from fair trade gold and silver, recycled gold and silver, and ethically sourced diamonds and other precious gems. In addition to this, many of our recommended wedding ring suppliers are offering more unusual creations using sea glass, lab grown eco diamonds, and sustainable wood (more on those below).

Whatever you choose, do not underestimate the impact made by your choice to propose with an ethical engagement ring. Now onto our top 16 of the most beautiful and unique ethical engagement rings, all available to buy from our recommended suppliers collections.

Modern Ethical Engagement Rings

The teardrop shape of this ethical solitaire diamond engagement ring gives it an interesting twist that will set you apart from the usual diamond engagement ring. Designed by Glasswing Jewellery on a dainty recycled gold band, this is one of my favourites. Buy it here.

Ethical teadrop shaped diamond engagement ring // Glasswing Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Slade Fine Jewellery always come out with some beautiful designs, part modern but with a liberal sprinkling of Tolkein-esque elvish magic. We were particularly captured by this grey rosecut diamond set against that earthy yellow gold, which in this case is recycled eco gold. Buy it here.

Yellow eco gold ethical engagement ring with grey rosecut diamond // Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

The warmth from the rose gold and the ‘rubover’ setting of this solitaire ethical engagement ring from long-time fair trade gold and silver champions CRED Jewellery, create a modern but romantic feeling ring. Buy it here.

Rosegold solitaire ethical engagement ring // CRED Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

With this design, April Doubleday has combined sleek modern lines and a ‘rub over’ setting for ethical diamond ring with the slightly hammered fair trade gold band for a natural feel. Buy it here.

Ethical diamond engagement ring with hammered fair trade gold band // April Doubleday // The Natural Wedding Company

Coloured Gemstone Engagement Rings

This yellow sapphire and diamond ethical engagement ring from Lila Nash has us dreaming of spring, and that daffodil yellow gemstone is ideal for a girl who likes something a bit different. Buy it here.

Yellow sapphire and diamond ethical engagement ring // Lilia Nash Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

For a statement engagement ring but with all the ethics, this exclusive (only 25 ever produced) pale blue sapphire and diamond ring from Arabel Lebrusan ticks all the boxes. Buy it here.

Pale blue sapphire and diamond ethical engagement ring // Arabel Lebrusan // The Natural Wedding Company

As featured on our Instagram feed, this ornate deep red garnet and diamond ethical engagement ring from Lilia Nash ticks all the boxes for the perfect festive proposal. Buy it here.

Ornate deep red garnet and diamond ethical engagement ring // Lilia Nash Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

We love the little nature details in this pink tourmaline ethical engagement ring from Lilia Nash, with the delicate gold leaves and gemstone ‘flowers’. Buy it here.

Gold leaf and pink tourmaline flower ethical engagement ring // Lilia Nash Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Unusual Ethical Engagement Rings

Who would have thought using sea glass as the focal point of an engagement ring would have looked so stunning? Thankfully Glasswing Jewellery dreamt it up and we can’t think of anything more perfect for a coastal loving girl. Buy it here.

Sea glass and diamond ethical engagement ring // Glasswing Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

The moonstone sounds such a magical and romantic gemstone, and we love the simplicity of this ethical moonstone engagement ring from Glasswing Jewellery, set in its band of polished recycled silver. Buy it here.

Ethical moonstone engagement ring // Glasswing Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

We can’t get enough of these sea glass engagement rings from Glasswing Jewellery, especially the seaweed emerald green of this design set between two ethical diamonds. Buy it here.

Unusual seaglass and diamond ethical engagement ring // Glasswing Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

If you want something truly unique and a bit different, look no further than Eco Wood Rings who create rings made of salvaged and sustainable wood. We like this oak design for an alternative and ethical engagement ring, which is set with Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Mother of Pearl. Buy it here.

Oak wood engagement ring set with mixed stones // Eco Wood Rings // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage Inspired Ethical Engagement Rings

We said vintage inspired but let’s kick off our favourites with a genuine antique engagement ring. This Victorian engagement ring from LUPE with it’s delicate star design around each diamond is simply exquisite – and it’s one-of-a-kind, so don’t delay if this is the ring for your love. Buy it here.

Victorian diamond engagement ring with star design // LUPE // The Natural Wedding Company

Despite it’s vintage roots, this Art Deco inspired ethical engagement ring from CRED Jewellery has a distinctly modern style to it – perfect if your loved one loves just a hint of vintage style. Buy it here.

Diamond Art Deco inspired ethical engagement ring // CRED Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

KinetIQue create ethical engagement rings from man made eco diamonds, an excellent choice for all eco conscious couples. We particularly love this design with tiny diamonds set into the yellow gold band for extra sparkle, and the pretty milgrain detailing for a vintage feel. Buy it here.

Man made eco diamond and yellow gold engagement ring // KinetIQue // The Natural Wedding Company

Ingle & Rhode who make this ethical engagement ring set with a beautiful oval diamond describe it as evoking the “cool elegance of the Belle Epoque period.” For someone wanting to go all out on a vintage inspired ethical engagement ring, this will surely fit the bill. Buy it here.

Belle Epoque inspired ethical oval diamond engagement ring // Ingle & Rhode // The Natural Wedding Company

Finding your perfect ethical engagement ring

These are 16 of our favourites, but on browsing the websites of our recommended wedding ring suppliers we were truly spoilt for choice. So if none of our favourites are quite what you’re looking for, head over to our Wedding Rings directory category and browse a diverse selection of ethical engagement and wedding rings – we are convinced you will find a ring you’ll fall for.

Don’t know what you’re looking for and have a bit more time to come up with a bespoke design? Lots of our recommended wedding ring suppliers also offer custom designs or you could check out Eco-Chic Wedding Ring Pinterest board for inspiration.

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