The Best Fair Trade and Ethically Mined Diamond Engagement Rings

Luxury doesn't have to cost the earth - but you don't have to forsake a little sparkle in your life either! Here are our favorite fair trade gem companies.

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As we all seek to be better people and more aware of the way the world works, we’ve come to realize that too many of the luxury goods we love come at a horrific price. Diamonds and precious gems and metals especially. Luckily there are brands out there who are dedicated to providing us with bling that is conflict-free, sustainable, and ethically sourced.

Zankyou has picked our top three favorite brands who represent our values and provide us with sparkle that isn’t mined at the expense of others or our earth.

Brilliant Earth 

Co-founded by Beth Gerstein and Eric Grossberg, Brilliant Earth was created when Beth was about to be engaged and she experienced the challenge of finding a conflict-free engagement ring that represented her values. Eric, through his research at Stanford, became impassioned with the idea that responsibly-sourced jewelry could be an effective tool for social change in developing countries.

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Image: Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs from Brilliant Earth

Assembling a team of dedicated jewelry designers, sales associates, and gemologists, Brilliant Earth seeks to provide exceptional jewelry that their customers can feel good about wearing.

“Our customers, too, are part of our community. It is with our customers’ help that we are cultivating a more humane jewelry industry, one stunning piece of jewelry at a time.”

What sets Brilliant Earth apart from other jewelers that offer conflict free diamonds is that the company doesn’ t limit their requirements to the Kimberley Process’s definition alone, which limits “conflict diamonds” as diamonds that finance rebel movements against recognized governments – unfortunately this leaves out large numbers of diamonds that are tainted by violence, human rights abuses, poverty, and environmental degradation. That’s not enough for Brilliant Earth, who make sure that their diamonds are ethically sourced and originate from mines that adhere to strict labor, trade, and environmental standards.

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Image: Brilliant Earth Mobile School and Gemology Training Center

Brilliant Earth is also dedicated to providing education and support to the communities that they work with. They recently funded a new primary school in Lungudi, a diamond-mining community in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As  many mining communities don’t have local schools, many of the children are forced to mine for diamonds and receive no formal education. Click the link to learn more about the Brilliant Earth Mobile School.

Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

It all began in 2006 with a simple question: where does the gold used in our jewelry come from? Being able to answer that question both for themselves and for their clients became a mission which led Fair Trade Jewellery Co. to a small group of artisanal miners in Colombia from whom they started purchasing gold which had sustainably mined. A documentary, The Last Goldrush, has since been filmed about the journey can be on the site.

Fast forward today and Fair Trade Jewellery Co. is one of the most certified jewelry companies in the world. They design, manufacture, retail and wholesale work all over the world.

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Image: Popular Engagement and Wedding Ring Designs from Fair Trade Jewelry Co.

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