Fair Trade (And Fair Priced) Diamond Rings
Call it an addiction, but we’re suckers for shiny stuff. From rubies to diamonds, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as the anticipatory consideration of adding another bauble to the mix. It’s partially why we’ve always preferred to keep the fine jewelry on the daintier side (not only can you wear more at a time, but it saves space for more down the line).
However, also we prefer to bedeck ourselves in jewels that don’t cause damage to the environment or communities. And while we’re at it, it’s never a bad thing when we can alleviate damage to our bank accounts in the process. So whether you’re looking for the right piece to commemorate a special moment in your life - or you’re just looking to treat yourself, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite fine jewelry rings that are not only from incredible, sustainable brands, but are also all under 1500.
It’s hard to find a diamond eternity band at this quality for under $1,000, but AU-Rate is known for producing quality rings at fair prices. Producing each ring in their New York workshop, they go above and beyond to keep tabs on every single diamond to make sure they are coming from ethical and environmentally verified sources. Their pieces also come in a range of made-to-order sizes, which makes styling them that much more fun. We love the idea of wearing this Quadricolor Eternity Band on the pinkie.
Simplicity with a bold shape at its best. The Crescendo Pin ring is equal parts classic and edgy. Sustainability is one of KatKim’s core values and each piece is hand-crafted in KatKim’s Los Angeles workshop. We love how much negative space this ring adds to the finger, which allows the .03 carat diamond to take center stage.
A deco twist on the eternity band, the Tiny Wheat Eternity Band is the perfect accompaniment for any vintage diamond piece. Anna Sheffield takes sustainability seriously, as reflected by both the aesthetics of vintage-inspired, and their process. Sourcing only recycled gold and conflict-free stones that are in compliance with the Kimberley process, they also, at times, source lab grown stones, as well as offer the option of antique diamonds and single origin gems.
It’s all about personalization and personality with Vanessa Lianne’s Pavé Diamond Signet Ring. Get it with a bunch of diamonds or just a smattering, depending on preference and budget. You can also have it engraved with whatever you like, from initials to a personal mantra. Each piece is hand-forged by the designer herself with 100% recycled metals ethically sourced, all-natural stones, and reclaimed diamonds through vendors that adhere to the Kimberly process.
Cost: $595 - $1495
While Trumpet & Horn’s jewelry is all ethically sourced and sustainable, their vintage selection is obviousy especially low-impact. It’s also beautifully curated and chock full of one-of-a-kind finds from multiple eras. A favorite is definitely this Ocotillo Ring from the 1980’s. Vertical marquis cut diamonds make for a stunning engagement band, or for a statement stacker. And while vintage means it comes in a set size, you can always have to re-fit to whatever size you prefer.