The truth about diamonds...

Diamonds are certainly the most iconic stones we see featured on engagement rings. Unfortunately, diamond mining is a treacherous business, contributing not only to deforestation, soil erosion, and destruction of natural habitats and entire ecosystems, but even providing funding for civil wars and terror groups in developing countries. Consider an alternative below!

Ditch the Diamond

The MOST sustainable way to avoid all this is to avoid the diamond altogether! There are plenty of gorgeous gems to feature instead. However - it's important to make sure these are also sustainably sourced!!


Many families have heirloom rings floating around in boxes and basements. Check with your family to see if there's a ring somewhere waiting to be reworn! This also adds some extra sentimental value - consider it your "something old!"

Lab-Grown Diamonds

Technology continues to blow my mind... did you know they can create diamonds in labs now?? While this process still uses energy and resources, these stones much more sustainable than mined diamonds.

Find an Antique

Another SUPER sustainable way to incorporate a diamond is to find a preloved ring! Plenty of antique stores (including many on Etsy) feature some of incredible pieces. An antique ring can even give you a bit of mystery - what kind of beautiful love did your ring symbolize in the past?!


If none of the antiques you find fit your fancy, take one to a professional jeweler! These professionals can melt down the metals and help you design the ring of your dreams without the need to use any new minerals.

Ethically Sourced Diamonds

If you still feel passionately about finding a natural stunner, there are ways to ensure your diamond is as ethical as can be! Make sure to read about the jeweler you choose to purchase from, and make sure you're on the same page when you're making your selection.

Too late now!

If you're reading this blog, chances are you already have a ring on your finger. Congratulations to you!! I'm sure it's stunning. :) Luckily, there are still chances for you to make sustainable choices when it comes to your wedding bands.

Gold mining is just as bad as diamond mining, if not worse. Each wedding band you purchase contributes to 20 tons of toxic waste from the cyanide used in the bleaching process. That's 40 tons if you get a band for both you and your partner. The mining process also contributes to erosion and ecosystem destruction. Let's avoid all this with some of the tips below!

Antique / DIY / Heirloom

The same tips for diamonds apply to gold as well! Reuse is one of the most sustainable actions you can take when choosing your rings. Again - this doesn't limit your options when you consider reworking with a professional jeweler, it opens the door to limitless possibilities!

Alternative Metals

Don't limit yourself to gold! There are plenty of other minerals which contribute less to habitat destruction. (They even make rings out of deer antlers now!!) However, be careful with any raw materials you choose. The most sustainable option is ultimately avoiding brand new purchases.

Change it up!

Honestly, do you need the rings?

Engagement rings and wedding bands have a longstanding history in many families and cultures, so it's completely normal and understandable to feel strongly about maintaining these traditions and symbolizing your marriage through the eternal circles of the rings. However, some couples are opting to switch things up and change the narrative. If you and your partner feel that it might be time for a change, consider tattooed rings, silicon rings, or even going ring-free!

Whatever you choose, we know that it's a very personal choice. Own your decision with confidence! Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter won't mind.


Keep me posted on your sustainable snags by tagging #meilertsustainability on social media. I can't wait to see what you find!!