As we become more aware of the issues with conflict diamonds, it is always great to see the people we admire taking a stance as well. From recycled precious metals to conflict-free diamonds, the celebrities we know and follow are all setting the trend for eco-friendly and ethical diamond engagement rings.
What are ethical diamond engagement rings?
Diamond mining has historically been associated with atrocities and human rights abuses as well as being detrimental to the environment. With the introduction of the Kimberly Process, it has become easier to access conflict-free diamonds, even though the KP has its issues.
Ethical engagement rings are rings that feature either (or a combination of):
- conflict-free diamonds
- eco-friendly metals
- rings with recycled precious metals, or
- Reused rings that require no new mining.
Celebrities with Ethical Engagement Rings
Meghan Markle’s engagement ring rocks a center diamond from Botswana, the second biggest supplier of conflict-free diamonds. A royal source said the Prince had demanded that the jewel from Botswana was ethically-sourced as his bride-to-be is involved with UN humanitarian work.
Amal Alamuddin is an internationally-known human rights lawyer and activist married to A-list actor George Clooney. He proposed to her with a breathtaking ethically-mined 7-carat diamond engagement ring. Her ring is an emerald cut solitaire-style diamond set in a platinum band.
Who doesn’t love Natalie Portman? As a social activist and a vegan, we would naturally expect Natalie to support ethical diamonds. Her husband proposed with an eco-friendly and conflict-free diamond engagement. It features a 4-carat round center diamond with a double halo of pave diamonds. Her ballet choreographer husband, Benjamin Millepied, also used a band of recycled platinum for her halo engagement ring.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s engagement ring. As a royal engagement ring, Kate’s ring is a beautiful 12-carat sapphire and diamond ring previously worn by the late Princess Diana. So, Kate’s ring is also an ethical diamond as it required no new mining.
Similar to Scarlett, Penelope Cruz’s engagement ring is a vintage piece presented to her by her humanitarian activist beau Javier Bardem. Penelope’s ring features an oval sapphire set in a halo of diamonds with a most stunning floral effect.
Ready for your ethical diamond engagement ring?
You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy wearing an ethical engagement ring. Like your favorite celebrities, you too can enjoy a gorgeous diamond engagement ring within your budget without the guilt. Just check out our collection of ethical and eco-friendly diamond engagement rings here at Bashford Jewelry.