Here Are 30 Ethical Engagement Rings You Can Get Excited About


Because options are nice

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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Part of what makes wedding planning so hard isn’t just that there are so many decisions to be made. It’s that each of the decisions you make throughout the planning process calls your values into question. Can you be a feminist and have your dad walk you down the aisle at the same time? Is it playing into weird historical crap if you wear a white dress? What if you care about where things come from, but still want a diamond engagement ring?

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For the most part, you have to answer these questions yourselves (I know, I’m sorry, I wish I could help). But the engagement ring part? There I’ve got answers. Because today we’re partnering with Diamond Foundry to bring you ethical engagement rings that are not only responsibly created, but also hot as hell (literally and figuratively speaking).

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There are lots of ways to ensure your jewelry is ethical. But most of those ways involve a lot of research and reference checking. Diamond Foundry, on the other hand, has patented a brand new hot-forging process that creates stunning eco-friendly diamonds, right in California. And unlike other man-made gems, Diamond Foundry’s handcrafted diamonds start as small slices of earth-mined diamonds. They then go through a process where a ton of heat is applied to that tiny slice, and layers of diamond build up around it (sort of like how pearls are formed). So the end result is a diamond that’s virtually indistinguishable from one that came from the earth, even to trained gemologists, except for the part where you know exactly where it came from and how it was made. Plus, because the technology is so new, hot-forged diamonds are actually rarer than traditionally mined diamond. We got to check it out in person when they sent us a necklace featuring one of Diamond Foundry’s hot-forged diamonds, so you can see for yourself:

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And while Diamond Foundry specializes in loose diamonds (aka you can buy their diamonds and pair them with any jewelry you like), where they really shine is in their partnership with independent artisans and award-winning jewelry designers who create the kind of jewelry that makes me want to invent things like “seventh anniversary” rings. That’s totally a thing right? So with that in mind, here are thirty ethical engagement rings you can get excited about:

Blockette Three Stone Ring

The Decobee Halo Ring

Three Stone Rose Snake Ring

The Oyster Ring

Rose Gold Pear Shaped Diamond Ring

The Deco Engagement Ring

Seashore Cushion Halo Ring

The Sedona Ring

The Buttercup Ring

The Blockette Cushion Ring

White Gold White Diamond Ring with Pave Surround

Free Form Halo Ring

The Blockette Cushion Cut with Kites

Lossa Crown Ring

Etruscan Emerald Cut Ring with Halo

Six Pointed Terra Ring

The Treasure Chest Ring

June Ring with Vintage Diamonds

Empress Scepter Ring

Iris Halo Ring

The Simple Solitaire Ring

Thea Halo Ring

Bezeled Grove Ring

Hex Halo Ring

The Marquis Ring

Linear Slim Emerald Ring

Emerald Cut East to West Halo Ring

Tides of Time Ring

Ornate Halo Ring

Willow Twig Bezel Ring

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This post was sponsored by Diamond Foundry. With their patented hot-forging process, Diamond Foundry creates eco-friendly diamonds that you can trace right to the source. And it doesn’t stop there. Diamond Foundry’s marketplace is filled with incredibly talented award-winning jewelry designers who are equally committed to using ethically sourced metals and stones in their designs. Click here to browse Diamond Foundry’s impeccably curated designer diamond jewelry, engagement rings, or browse for a loose stone to use with an engagement ring design you already have picked out.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Amy March

    It’s interesting to me that I have to register with them to see prices. I’m not sure how that has anything to do with breaking the cartel of diamond pricing, especially since their prices are actually quite similar to comparable diamonds on Blue Nile.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      I actually think their objective is the opposite. Instead of breaking the cartel of diamond pricing, I think they are trying to elevate the process of man-made diamonds, so that they are a viable alternative to earth-mined diamonds. For example, Blue Nile’s rings are certified ethical, but from what we’ve learned in the past, it can be REALLY hard to guarantee ethics on anything that’s been mined from the earth. So these guys are comparable on price, and are making one of the higher quality man-made diamonds out there, which is guaranteed ethical.

      Anyway, I hear what you’re saying. I think it’s just different sides of the same coin

      • Amy March

        Except when you try and look at their diamonds, there is a pop-up requiring that you enter your email address because “We are ending the cartel pricing practices of the diamond industry.” “Please register/sign in to see our special member pricing.”

        It just feels really shady to me to make me give you my information to even see a price tag.

        • Mrrpaderp

          It’s basically, before we’ll give you a price we require you to agree to a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo. The sign in requires you to agree to their Terms and Conditions. I’m skimming, but the Terms and Conditions contain disclosures about the fact that the diamonds are man-made, the rings are sold through sellers and so the website isn’t accountable, and that products are provided in “as is” condition. There’s other stuff in there too that I’m too lazy to read right now, but I’d read through it carefully before buying anything.

        • Eenie

          It’s not that uncommon. Another website that does it is Huckberry for example. I’m not 100% sure what the reasoning is exactly for them. You can see prices for the settings, just not the diamonds. I assume it has something to do with the T&C for their diamonds, as @Mrrpaderp:disqus mentioned below.

        • Also, I have a spam email account for this nonsense…’can always make a new account if you actually decide to buy something. Email accounts are free!

  • Also I suspect the requirement for making you give them an email address is part of a marketing strategy. They are awfully pretty, though!

  • Julia Hartz

    Amazing jewelry!! Amazing diamonds! Thank you for highlighting this… It’s nice to know it’s all made in America and that there’s no question around the provenance of the diamond. I mean I will be asked for the rest of my life about my engagement ring diamond…

    • ART

      Eh, I don’t know, I wish people would ask me so I could say “it’s moissanite actually, isn’t that cool?!” and literally no one ever asks me about my ring, even when I first got engaged (which was years ago now).

    • kate

      yeah, i mean – stay true to your values, but i wouldn’t worry too much about people actually asking about it. i have gotten many a general compliment on my ring and only one more specific question (about the cut only, it’s a somewhat uncommon one) in over 3 years. so yes, these rings are awesome! but don’t worry about being asked much about your ring – most people get that asking anything too specific can get sticky or invasive pretty quickly. you’re way more likely to just get “oohs” and “aaahhs” than anything else.

  • Nicole Odessa

    I just sent several of the rings to my boyfriend… I really do not want a diamond from some mine where there’s questions around abusing Africans. Plus go Leonardo DiCaprio — this is your week for sure!!! I can only imagine how the mining cartel is after them…

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  • JennyGG

    I love these engagement rings, they have a wonderful rustic and vintage appeal.