Ethical Engagement Rings

June 06, 2024

Ethical Engagement Rings


In today’s world, where sustainability and ethical practices are at the forefront of consumer minds, the quest for ethical engagement rings has never been more relevant. It’s not just about finding a beautiful ring; it’s about knowing the story behind it, ensuring that no one was harmed in its making, and that its creation benefits the planet as well as the people involved. We, at Valley Rose, are committed to leading the way in ethical jewelry, offering sustainable engagement rings that embody love, commitment, and responsibility toward our Earth. Our collections are a testament to the belief that beautiful design and ethics can coexist, showcasing exquisite pieces that are as pure in their origins as they are in their appearance.

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As we delve into this article, we'll explore what makes an engagement ring ethical, from the sustainable jewelry materials we choose, such as fairmined gold, to the ethical diamond rings crafted with gems like aether air lab diamonds and artisanally mined sapphires. We'll guide you on how to choose an ethical engagement ring that aligns with your values, emphasizing the importance of ethically sourced engagement rings, eco-friendly engagement rings, and the sustainable practices that make Valley Rose the leader in this realm. Our commitment to ethical labor throughout our supply chain, from mining to cutting and finishing, underpins every step we take. Join us as we illuminate the path toward making a difference with your purchase, ensuring that your symbol of love also represents a step toward a more sustainable and just world.

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Understanding Ethical Engagement Rings

Definition of Ethical Engagement Rings

An ethical engagement ring embodies values of integrity and sustainability, carefully sourced to ensure no harm to people or the environment. It's crafted from materials chosen for their ethical provenance and minimal environmental impact, representing a commitment to fair labor practices and ecological preservation.

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Importance of Ethically Sourced Materials

Ethically sourced materials are pivotal; they ensure that the gemstones and metals used come from not only conflict-free sources but are also mined and extracted by individuals working in safe, fair conditions. At Valley Rose, we prioritize materials like Fairmined gold and Aether Air Lab Diamonds, which support ethical labor practices and reduce environmental harm.

Impact on Environment and Communities

Choosing ethically sourced engagement rings significantly lessens environmental degradation and supports the well-being of local communities. By opting for materials like fairmined gold, we help fund community projects and ensure miners receive fair wages and work under safe conditions. This approach not only preserves natural ecosystems but also promotes a sustainable future for the jewelry industry.

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How to Choose an Ethical Engagement Ring

Criteria for Selecting Ethical Jewelers

When selecting a jeweler for your ethical engagement ring, prioritize those who transparently share their sourcing and labor practices. Read their about pages and watch out for greenwashing terms like the over use of conflict-free diamonds with no other sourcing information, and the use of recycled gold with added "sustainability" claims.

At Valley Rose, we ensure each piece is crafted with materials that meet the highest standards of ethics and sustainability and use 3rd party certifications to support these claims. For example we are committed to using fairmined gold and ethically sourced gemstones, such as Aether air lab diamonds a certified B company and artisanally mined sapphires direct from miners, ensuring that our practices enhance rather than harm the communities involved.

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Evaluating the Source of Gemstones and Metals

Understanding the origin of the materials in your engagement ring is crucial. We at Valley Rose provide full traceability for our gemstones and gold. Our fairmined gold is sourced ensuring that it supports ethical labor practices and environmental conservation. By choosing our rings, you contribute to a sustainable future, knowing that your beautiful piece has a clean, ethical background.

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Custom Design Opportunities for a Personal Touch

Valley Rose excels in creating custom engagement rings that reflect your unique love story and ethical values. Our bespoke service allows you to design a ring that truly represents your personal style while adhering to ethical standards. From the initial design to the final creation, our lead designer supports you every step of the way, ensuring a seamless and satisfying experience without compromising on ethical commitments.

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Valley Rose: Leader for Ethical Engagement Rings

Only Engagement Rings Certified Fairmined

At Valley Rose, we are dedicated to providing not just beauty but also ethical integrity by using Fairmined certified gold. This gold is sourced from artisanal and small-scale mining operations that are verified for responsible environmental and social practices. Our commitment ensures that the gold in your engagement ring supports sustainable development and fair labor practices, making a significant positive impact on mining communities.

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Valley Rose's Unique Offerings and Customization Options

We offer a diverse range of ring styles, from classic solitaires to innovative fairycore designs, all customizable to reflect your personal style and ethical values. Our engagement rings are crafted with materials such as Aether air lab diamonds, known for their minimal environmental impact, and custom sourced artisanally mined sapphires, ensuring that each piece is as unique as your love story.

How Valley Rose Contributes to Sustainability

Valley Rose is at the forefront of the ethical jewelry movement, not only by offering ethically sourced materials but also by ensuring transparency and traceability in our supply chain. We prioritize sustainable practices from the mining stage to the final crafting of the ring, contributing to a cleaner, greener future with every piece we create.

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Making a Difference with Your Purchase

Supporting Sustainability and Ethical Labor Practices

We, at Valley Rose, champion the use of Aether air lab diamonds and artisanally mined sapphires, which not only minimize environmental impact but also support ethical labor standards. By choosing these materials, you contribute to lessening environmental degradation and enhancing the well-being of local communities.

The Role of Certifications in Verifying Ethical Standards

Certifications such as Fairmined Gold ensure that the materials used in your engagement ring are sourced responsibly. These certifications confirm that our practices, from mining to finishing, are aligned with stringent ethical and environmental standards, providing you with peace of mind about the origins and impact of your purchase.

How Your Choice Influences the Jewelry Industry

By selecting an engagement ring from Valley Rose, you're not only making a statement of love but also advocating for a sustainable and ethical jewelry industry. Your choice influences market demand, encouraging more jewelers to adopt responsible practices and thus, driving industry-wide change towards sustainability.

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Throughout this article, we've explored the essence of what makes an engagement ring not just a symbol of love but a testament to ethical and sustainable practices. At Valley Rose, our commitment to creating exquisite engagement rings goes beyond aesthetics; it is deeply rooted in the ethical sourcing of materials like fairmined gold, artisanaly mined gemstones, and aether air lab diamonds, and in upholding the highest labor standards from mining to crafting. These choices reflect our dedication not only to the beauty of our jewelry but to a greater purpose of supporting environmental conservation and fair labor practices. This foundation forms the core of our mission, positioning us as a leader in the ethical engagement ring sector.

By choosing Valley Rose for your engagement ring, you're not simply selecting a piece of jewelry; you're making a powerful statement about your values and the kind of legacy you want to leave behind. Each ring tells a story of love, responsibility, and hope for a more sustainable future. As we continue to champion these ideals, we invite you to join us in making a difference within the jewelry industry and beyond. Explore our Ethical Engagement Ring Gallery and get a quote for your future dream ring, and together, let's craft not just a symbol of your commitment, but a beacon for change.


What Defines an Ethical Engagement Ring?

An ethical engagement ring is characterized by the use of gemstones and metals that originate from fair and humane sources, exert minimal environmental impact, and are mined or produced under conditions that ensure fair wages and safe work environments for all involved. Watch out for greenwashing with engagement ring companies as recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds are simply the status quo not actually a viable ethical solution. 

Which Stones Are Considered the Most Ethical for Engagement Rings?

The most ethical options for engagement rings currently include Aether Air lab-grown diamonds made from air pollution, and artisanally sourced gemstones or diamonds sourced direct with known provenance. For lab diamonds, those cultivated using renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels are particularly recommended. And for earth mined diamonds Canadian Mined, and Ocean Diamonds are the leader in ethical choices. Recycled heirloom diamonds or gemstones are also an ethical choice. 

Does Tiffany & Co. Sell Ethical Diamonds?

Tiffany & Co. offers conflict-free diamonds, which is required by law in the USA. Additionally conflict-free does not cover all human rights issues. Conflict-free is the bare minimum certification for a diamond and sourcing direct with known provenance is the only way to guarantee your diamond is free of human suffering and actually ethical.

Are There Diamonds That Are Ethically Sourced?

Yes, there are several countries known for providing ethically sourced diamonds. These include Canada, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Australia, where diamonds are mined under conditions that prioritize ethical standards. Ocean Diamonds from South Africa is an example of an ethical, artisanally mined and fully traceable diamond. 



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Sizing & Care

Ring Sizing Guide

Print and download this chart to find your ring size. Make sure you use exactly 8.5"x11" letter paper. You can use a string or a piece of paper and wrap around your finger or nuckle to measure the circumference and match to your size.

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Necklace Sizing Guide

Follow this chart to see where the necklace will fall. All necklace sizes are described on the product pages. We suggest getting a piece of string and measuring necklace on your neck to ensure best fit. 


Special Care Instructions

To keep your jewels looking their best please keep these tips in mind to extend the life of your pieces. 

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