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Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.
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Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings


(all photos from Brilliant Earth)


When planning an Eco-friendly wedding there are obvious things like paper and flowers and food that stand out, but something as small and meaningful as your rings can have a big impact on the environment. Rings (often made with gold and diamonds) often are the result of a large scale mining. There are many environmental and humanitarian issues associated with gold and diamond mines. However, hope is not lost. With the growing awareness many alternative options are now available. Here are a few you might consider:

1. Check out Eco-friendly online retailers like greenKarat and Brilliant Earth.

2. Explore resale options like I Do Now I Don't to find pre-used rings. Sounds a little odd, but at the end of the day a diamond is still a diamond no matter where you get it from.
(disclaimer - I have never worked with this site - I have only read positive reviews)

3. Heirlooms: Find out if anyone in your family has a ring, or other jewelry just waiting to be passed down. Odds are you have some great stones sitting somewhere. You can take earings and make them into a ring, or wear your heirloom as is, full of history and love.

4. Non-traditional: These days diamonds aren't for everyone. There are increasing alternatives to the traditional engagement ring and wedding bands. Check out some of Earth Friendly Wedding's directory of top Eco-Friendly Vendors.


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1 comment:

Danielle said...

Hi There - This is Danielle from Brilliant Earth. I thought it might be helpful for me to offer some information regarding conflict free diamonds. We are very committed to diamond origin education, and will be more than happy to answer questions about our company, conflict free diamonds and metal mining issues.

All diamonds purchased from Brilliant Earth include a certificate guaranteeing their conflict-free origin. Our diamonds originate from one of two Canadian diamond mines in the Northwest Territories of Canada: Diavik and EKATI. All of our Canadian diamonds have certification policies compliant with one of the leading bodies for Canadian diamonds such as the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, Canadamark, or the Government of the Northwest Territories. Our diamonds larger than 0.30ct are also accompanied by a laboratory grading report as well as a laser inscription on the girdle of the diamond which further helps you to identify your diamond. We don’t believe that you should have to pay more for an ethically sourced product – as a result, our prices are quite competitive.

For more information regarding the diamond verification and Canadian diamonds, please visit the following links:

http://www.brilliantearth.com/certification.aspx
http://www.brilliantearth.com/Canadian-diamonds.aspx

While there is currently no standard for fair trade diamonds, Brilliant Earth is actively working to promote the development of such standards. We are also active in various pilot programs for ethically sourced African diamonds. The mining regions of West Africa remain among the poorest in their respective countries with few benefits of the mineral wealth trickling down to mining communities. We support the development of a healthy industry for ethically-sourced diamonds as the surest way to promote social reform, providing a direct economic incentive for our industry to implement fair trade diamond practices. As part of this social mission, we also donate 5% of profits to help communities in Africa and to help build a foundation of infrastructure for this fair trade future.

In addition to our policies on ethical gemstone sourcing, Brilliant Earth uses 100% recycled gold and platinum in the jewelry we produce.

I would be excited to answer any of your questions either by phone or email, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm Regards,
Danielle

Danielle Mainas
Brilliant Earth
www.brilliantearth.com
danielle@brilliantearth.com
t: 415.354.4632
f: 505.212.4881

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