HOW TO ENSURE YOUR
RING IS ETHICAL

To feel confident that your engagement ring is ethical and responsibly sourced, there are five questions you should ask before buying a ring.

HOW TO ENSURE YOUR
RING IS ETHICAL

To feel confident that your engagement ring is ethical and responsibly sourced, there are five questions you should ask before buying a ring.

CONFLICT FREE DIAMOND

HOW TO ENSURE YOUR
RING IS ETHICAL

To feel confident that your engagement ring is ethical and responsibly sourced, there are five questions you should ask before buying a ring.

CONFLICT FREE DIAMOND

HOW TO ENSURE YOUR
RING IS ETHICAL

To feel confident that your engagement ring is ethical and responsibly sourced, there are five questions you should ask before buying a ring.

Many people are unaware that the creation of a beautiful engagement ring can cause environmental damage, human rights abuse and the exploitation of workers. These issues are often overlooked or ignored by most jewellery brands even when claiming they are following ethical practices.

Conflict free diamond rings

1. Avoid conflict diamonds – be aware that the Kimberley Process isn’t enough

When buying a diamond, you’ll hear a lot about the four Cs, but there is actually a 5th C that’s extremely important: conflict-free.

Pretty much every jeweller will say that their diamonds are certified by the Kimberley Process and that this means they are conflict-free. But this is no guarantee at all. 

The process requires all rough diamonds to be transported in tamper-resistant containers when crossing international borders, with a forgery-resistant certificate and a unique number. Despite these regulations being in place, there are many gaps in the system and blood diamonds can still find their way to market.

2. CHECK TRACEABILITY 

If you don’t know where your diamond came from, then you can’t be sure that it was ethically produced.

Only a small proportion of the diamonds on the market are traceable back to source. Canadamark is a scheme that makes this possible from some of the diamond mines in the Diavik and Ekati mines in Canada. A unique serial number is laser inscribed on each of the diamonds that’s registered under this scheme allowing it to be traced back to a specific piece of rough crystal.

3.  GO FOR FAIRTRADE GOLD

Opting for a ring made from Fairtrade gold can really make a difference to the lives of miners and the communities they live in. You can rest assured that miners from a Fairtrade mine are working in health and safety regulated conditions with fair wages and no child labour. Be sure to check if your jeweller is Fairtrade gold certified. 

4.  CONSIDER RECYCLED METALS 

Choosing a ring made from recycled gold or platinum is another way you can reduce your environmental footprint of your ring. Recycled metals help to reduce the demand for newly mined metals, which helps to avoid the damaging effects that mining has on the environment. There is also no difference in quality whatsoever between new or recycled metal.

5. ASK WHERE YOUR RING WAS (OR WILL BE) MADE

Your jeweller should be able to tell you exactly where your jewellery was made, and ideally the names of the craftsmen and women who created it. We abide by our high ethical standards ensuring all our diamonds and gemstones are traceable back to source and we use only Fairtrade or recycled metals in our rings.

Testimonials
Brett
2021-09-23
Fantastic from start to finish. The shop is located in a beautiful part of London which is easy to get to. Inside the shop itself I felt comfortable and relaxed. Being the first time buying an engagement ring I thought I might feel pressured but that was not the case. After ordering the ring communication was great throughout and delivery was on time. Upon opening the box I was taken aback by the how flawless the ring looked. I was genuinely lost for words. Thanks to all the staff at Ingle and Rhode that helped me pick the most perfect ring.
Tom Gittins
2021-09-12
Beautiful, ethical jewellery - can't recommend enough! I am so glad that I found Ingle & Rhode when looking to buy my partner an engagement ring - they are superb, and the products are wonderful. Buying an ethical ring was really important to my partner and I, and so I was immediately drawn in by Ingle & Rhode - unlike a lot of ethical jewellery companies, their rings are still very contemporary.. which was exactly what my partner wanted! I had a couple of calls with Ellie during the process, who was so helpful - despite not having a great idea of what to go for, she was decisive and led me towards my own decisions; highly recommend speaking with the team, because they are wonderful (and lovely people too). Can't recommend using Ingle and Rhode highly enough - my partner loved the ring that I chose, and we would definitely use them again for jewellery in the future.
Mr Runcieman
2021-08-24
Excellent process for bespoke engagement ring Excellent process, from start to finish. I emailed to begin the process of designing a bespoke ring. Within 2 days I had an in person meeting to discuss ideas. I was shown some examples and given brilliant advice by Ellie, who I found extremely reassuring throughout. The designer, Hayley, sent me initial sketches 1-2 weeks after the in person appointment. Hayley was very patient and again provided brilliant advice. Hayley was quick to create new design iterations based on my feedback. After many back and forward emails, the design was finalised and CAD mockups were provided. The mockups were extremely accurate when comparing with the finished product. The entire process, from first email to collection, took 6 weeks for a bespoke ring made with recycled platinum and a beautiful pear diamond (which was 2-4 weeks faster than their estimate). Communication was excellent and they were very keen to fit deadlines around plans I had in place. Ring resizing was required (my estimations were 4 sizes off!). I rang to book an appointment for a professional measurement and was able to meet the same day with short notice. The ring is to be collected within 7 working days. Overall the entire process was excellent. I felt very well looked after, very reassured and found all staff genuinely trustworthy. Above all else, my partner loves the ring and we are both extremely happy.
Shepsky
2021-08-06
From Russia With Love Cannot express how grateful I am to have ended up using Ingle & Rhode to construct an engagement ring for my now fiancé! I was absolutely clueless how to go about finding a ring but quickly realised I knew what style I wanted and enquired about designing and constructing a ring. From the moment Ellie got in touch she made the whole experience effortless and with Hayley's design help produced drawings of a ring that were exactly what I had pictured - all this achieved via email from an oil rig in Eastern Russia! I received the ring once home and upon opening the box I could not believe Ingle & Rhode were able to turn a few emails into such a perfect and incredible ring that was just a thought I my head only weeks before. We are now very happily engaged and the ring could not mean more to us given the nature of how it came to be and what it now represents. Once again, I cannot thank Ellie enough. All the best Ally
Umang Joshi
2021-07-26
Perfection. From the initial meet to the final ring, ever step of the process was incredibly. I surprised my (now) fiancé with a diamond ring and everything was perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to get an engagement ring for their partner.

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