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Ethical white enamel and Cubic Zirconia wedding ring from April Doubleday // The Natural Wedding Company

Best eco-chic and ethical engagement and wedding rings

For many the Christmas and New Year’s period will have been a particularly exciting one, having got engaged, and so whilst many of you may already have an engagement ring, we thought it a good moment to introduce the jewellery businesses we work with, all who have a strong ethical and eco-friendly commitment.

The above ring, from April Doubleday, has particular caught my eye, with its chic white enamel band, set with glittering Cubic Zironias. It is elegant and modern, but still retains that ‘hewn from the earth’ natural feel – I could almost believe it came from an oyster shell in a mermaid kingdom…

My main conclusion is that I don’t quite know how you’ll ever choose just one! You can find all our wedding ring suppliers in the Rings section of our directory.

Mahailia Jewellery Design

Bespoke wedding and engagement rings from the romantic, windswept Scottish coast (find out more).

Ethical diamond and sapphire wedding ring from Mahailia Jewellery Design // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical topas engagement ring from Mahailia Jewellery Design // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical personalised wedding band from Mahailia Jewellery Design // The Natural Wedding Company

Slade Fine Jewellery

Handmade engagement & wedding rings from 100% eco gold and silver (find out more).

Ethical ruby engagement ring from Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical engagement ring from Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical grey rosecut diamond engagement ring from Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage Bijoux

Beautiful diamond & gemstone set antique and estate rings (find out more).

Vintage Art Deco inspired engagement ring from Vintage Bijoux // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage opal and diamond engagement ring from Vintage Bijoux // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage old cut diamond cluster engagement ring from Vintage Bijoux // The Natural Wedding Company

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CRED Jewellery are one of the latest businesses to join The Natural Wedding Company jewellery, and after having a browse through their beautiful collection, I wanted to share my favourites with you all.  For all those boys out there looking for an engagement ring to propose then keep your eyes peeled.  Here are my favourites…

CRED Jewellery fairtrade sapphire engagement ring

If you’re looking for something a bit different and unusual there is this beautiful Liana teal sapphire set vines engagement ring.  The sapphire is ethically sourced from Malawi, and the band is made from Oro Verde™ 18ct yellow fairtrade gold.  It is designed by celebrity jewellery designer Sophie Harley.

CRED Jewellery fairtrade diamond engagement ring

I love their Brilliant cut diamond stacker engagement ring because it’s similar to my own engagement ring.  At its centre is  single conflict-free fully traceable 0.10ct diamond and it’s available in both Fairtrade and Fairmined 18ct yellow gold and 18ct white gold, or in platinum from their partners Oro Verde™.

CRED Jewellery fairtrade ruby engagement ring

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There are lots of wonderful businesses listed on the directory, those who have a strong committment to the environment, to ethical sourcing, to re-using, and to handcrafted items.  It’s always nice to have a browse at what they’re all up to and discover what they’re up to.

Oria Jewellery is one of those wonderful businesses – they are an ethical jewellers and I spotted these beautiful rings on their website today.  I think either would make a stunning engagement ring – the one on the left is quite similar to my own, and I love the detailing of the other with the tiny flower encasing a diamond.

Oria Jewellery supports small-scale, fair trade companies and are passionate about respecting our environment.  All of their metals and diamonds can be traced back to the mine they came from.

Buying an engagement or wedding ring is a big expenditure for most people, and its one purchase that you can make a big difference with by choosing one from a reputable, ethical company.

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I was very sad to learn this week that one of our fabulous ethical jewellery businesses, Leblas, is closing down.  It’s a real shame as their jewellery is beautiful and was so popular, even amongst royalty! However, it means that they are holding an incredible closing down sale so there are some incredible discounts to be had on their ethical engagement rings and wedding bands.  Their rings are either recycled or fair trade and with discounts of over 50% on some items it’s not to be missed!

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Now, although I love all things wedding related, I don’t go in for overly romantic gestures of love.  My poor boyfriend Mr Rigg (fiancé is still too weird a word to be using at this stage!) always has a lot of pressure with what I do and don’t like – you could probably call me fussy, or particular, or plain difficult – but I’d rather be honest and everyone be happy ultimately.

With all this in mind, the lovely man in my life managed to commission a ring especially for me, that was designed and made by the lovely Etsy seller Kate Szabone, in Canada, with a conflict-free diamond, and get it all the way to Italy to ask me to marry him without my knowing.  Impressive, eh?

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