Eco Luxe Elopement Wedding
This photoshoot is inspired by an eco luxe elopement wedding held against the stunning backdrop of River Cottage. The photoshoot team wanted to embrace as much as possible the ethos of being eco whilst staying in harmony with the wedding venue. It also features a number of our TNWC Recommended Suppliers – you’ll find all the details at the bottom of the post.
As Laura, photographer at Freeformimage Photography, told us, “A wedding a River Cottage will always inspire and enchant.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
Slade Fine Jewellery
Handmade engagement & wedding rings from 100% eco gold and silver (find out more).
Beautiful diamond & gemstone set antique and estate rings (find out more).
Eco Wood Rings are offering an exclusive discount on their stunning and unique wedding and engagement rings made from wood – if you buy one ring you get the second ring half price! There is a fantastic selection of rings available and you must read the story on how Eco Wood Rings came to be – so sweet.
The rings are each handcrafted from a single piece of wood, including oak, walnut, hickory and ash. Some of the rings are set with beautiful bands of mother of pearl, turquoise, crushed stones and even crushed walnut shells – each bearing a different meaning which you can read about in the ring descriptions.
Eco Wood Rings is a new eco-conscious company who design and create exceptional, handcrafted wood rings. These truly individual ring use found materials including metals, stones and salvaged wood to create these highly original pieces. They also offer a bespoke service where you can supply or suggest sentimental materials to create your perfect ring. Eco Wood Rings are a natural choice and unavoidably romantic as each ring is as unique as your fingerprint. For more details and to view their full collection visit www.ecowoodrings.com.Read more