Brilliant Earth ethical diamonds
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought we would take a look at diamond rings. Some would say the term ‘ethical diamonds’ is an oxymoron; ‘conflict diamonds’ have funded devastating civil wars in Africa and have been associated with human rights abuses, environmental damage, and terrorism. Not to mention that gold mining is an especially harmful process, releasing toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury into water supplies and generating about 20 tons of mine waste for every gold ring produced. It’s all enough to take the romance out of the whole idea.
Not to be deterred, Stanford classmates Beth Gerstein and Eric Grossberg started Brilliant Earth with the idea of responsibly-sourced jewelry and its ability to be an effective tool for social change in gem communities. What began as a partnership between two entrepreneurs in 2005 has grown into a community of people with a passion for fine jewelry and a commitment to change. Brilliant Earth tracks each gem to ensure that every single gemstone is mined, cut, and finished in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Their diamonds come from mines in Canada and Namibia that adhere to strict labor and environmental standards. And by using recycled metals, Brilliant Earth decreases the global demand for newly mined gold and diminish the environmentally and socially destructive effects of dirty gold and other metal mining practices.
The most magnifeco part of the business, and our favourite, is their collection of Antique and Estate Rings. Each ring in their estate jewelry collection was originally hand-made and has been selected by their jewelry experts taking into account beauty, craftsmanship, gemstone quality, and originality. And since no additional mining processes are necessary antique rings are an ethical and eco-friendly choice.
The Hera Platinum Ring features a dazzling round center diamond vertically balanced by two dynamic streaks of channel-set sapphire baguettes against a milgrained and diamond accented plane. Art Deco style, circa 1920′s.$3,150 USD. The Cardamom Ring just happens to be my size! An Art Deco ring that features an illusion-set round center diamond, accented on either side by a playful milgrained diamond bow tie motif. A thin hand-engraved band extends from the center setting. Circa 1930′s. $3,300 USD. The Geranium Ring features a sparkling modern round white sapphire center set in a pierced hexagonal frame supported by cathedral inspired filigree. Diamond-shaped lab grown blue princess sapphires rest on the shoulders of this ornate and powerful ring. Circa 1930′s. $2,850 USD. If ordered before Monday it can be delivered before Valentine’s Day for US and Canadian addresses. All other addresses must call to order.