The Rise of Sustainable Jewelry: Embracing Gems with a Conscience

June 06, 2023

The Rise of Sustainable Jewelry: Embracing Gems with a Conscience

Introduction

As our society becomes more conscious of the environmental and social impact of our purchasing decisions, the demand for sustainable products has skyrocketed. This includes the world of fine jewelry, where consumers are increasingly seeking out ethical and sustainable options. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind the rise of sustainable jewelry and showcase inspiring brands that are leading the way in the industry.

The History of Engagement Rings: From Tradition to Ethical Considerations

The tradition of wearing engagement rings dates back centuries, with ancient Romans believing that the left ring finger had a vein directly connected to the heart. Over time, engagement rings evolved, and the use of diamonds became popularized. However, the demand for diamonds led to disastrous consequences in the supply chain, including slave labor, child labor, and the financing of civil wars. This dark history has prompted a shift towards ethically made and sustainable engagement rings.

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Ethical Gold: Transforming the Jewelry Industry

Gold, often associated with luxury and beauty, has a sordid history of environmental destruction and human rights abuses. However, in recent years, the concept of ethical gold has emerged, aiming to transform the jewelry industry. We are one of the jewelry brands leading the charge by using only Fairmined gold, which is responsibly sourced from artisanal and small-scale mining communities. This gold is backed by rigorous third-party certifications that ensure responsible practices, social development, and environmental protection.

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Lab-Grown Diamonds: A Lower-Impact and Ethical Alternative

Traditional diamond mining has long been plagued by ethical concerns, including labor exploitation and massive environmental damage. To address these issues, lab-grown diamonds have emerged as a seemingly sustainable and ethical alternative. But not all Lab Diamonds are the same and they are far from zero impact. While lab diamonds address illicit diamond mining issues they still do require significant energy and reliance on fossil fuels to produce.

Programs like SCS sustainably rated climate-neutral diamonds ensure diamonds are ethically sourced, have low carbon emissions, and support important sustainability investments. In addition to the SCS diamond standard there are new promising lab diamonds on the market made entirely from carbon pollution and powered by solar energy. These innovative diamonds invented by AETHER Lab Diamonds are technically the rarest diamonds found on earth capturing and sequestering thousands of tones of CO2 to produce a single carat. Aether Diamonds are now available to select designers worldwide including our brand Valley Rose. 

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The Ethical Gemstone Dilemma: Sourcing Responsibly

Earth mined gemstones, such as sapphires and rubies, have their own set of challenges when it comes to ethical sourcing. Valley Rose recognizes the complexity of the gemstone industry and is actively working to improve its supply chain. We source gemstones from small-scale artisanal mines and recycled sources. By forging direct relationships with suppliers and supporting initiatives that improve the industry, Valley Rose is committed to promoting ethical and responsible gemstone sourcing.

Understanding Ethical and Sustainable Gemstone Certifications

When it comes to purchasing ethical and sustainable jewelry, certifications play a crucial role in providing transparency and assurance. While reliable certifications for gemstones are still in development, At Valley Rose we are actively monitoring and supporting promising programs. Besides the SCS sustainably rated Diamond program there are no other official 3rd party certifiers to protect miners and the environment. 

Instead we at Valley Rose are committed to working with suppliers who prioritize fair treatment of workers, safe working conditions, and environmental stewardship. Programs like Gem Legacy and Moyo Gems provide necessary support for gemstone mining communities in Africa and the latter even assists women run micro-businesses with bringing their artisanal gemstones to jewelers. In fact 1% of all Valley Rose sales go to Gem Legacy to help further develop this important initiative. 

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The Significance of Traceability: Knowing the Journey of Your Jewelry

Traceability is a key aspect of ethical and sustainable jewelry. At Valley Rose we recognize the importance of knowing the journey of our jewelry, from the mining of materials to the craftsmanship process. We strive to provide as much information as possible to their customers, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the supply chain.

The Role of Consumer Awareness and Education

As consumers become more aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions, education plays a vital role in shaping their choices. Our brand Valley Rose takes on the responsibility of educating our customers about ethical and sustainable practices in the fine jewelry industry. Through our blog, newsletters, and social media channels, we provide valuable information on topics such as conflict-free diamonds, sustainable materials, and responsible sourcing.

Inspiring Brands: Pioneers in Sustainable Jewelry

Valley Rose is not alone in its commitment to ethical and sustainable practices. There are several inspiring brands leading the way in the sustainable jewelry movement. Companies like WWAKE, Catbird and Bario Neal are transforming the industry by offering ethically sourced materials, transparent supply chains, and innovative designs. These brands are proof that fashion and conscience can coexist, allowing customers to wear beautiful jewelry with pride.

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The Future of Sustainable Jewelry: A Growing Movement

The rise of sustainable jewelry is a testament to the increasing demand for ethical and environmentally conscious products. As more consumers prioritize sustainability in their purchasing decisions, the industry is responding by embracing responsible practices. Our jewelry brand and other pioneering designers are proudly at the forefront of this movement, driving positive change and inspiring others to make a difference.

In conclusion, the rise of sustainable jewelry reflects a shift in consumer values and a growing awareness of the impact of our choices. It is important to support brands that are leading the way in the industry, offering ethically sourced materials, transparent supply chains, and educating customers about responsible practices. By embracing sustainable jewelry, we can embrace fashion with a conscience, knowing that our choices support a better future for both people and the planet.


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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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