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Conflict-free diamonds are associated with human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation so why wouldn't you want to get diamonds that are guaranteed to be conflict-free? Conflict-free and sustainable? Double win.
Here is a short list of some companies that guarantee their diamonds are conflict-free and/or sustainable:
Diamond Foundry: https://www.diamondfoundry.com/
Their diamonds are lab-created, right in California! Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of their main investors? A majority of lab-created diamonds are created by Diamond Foundry! You can buy loose diamonds and take it elsewhere if you have a specific setting you like with another company.
Brilliant Earth: http://www.brilliantearth.com/
They have diamonds that go "above and beyond conflict-free" as well as lab-created diamonds.
VOW by Vrai and Oro: https://vow.vraiandoro.com/
They recently launched engagement rings! They pride themselves in fine jewelry without the retail mark-up. We love their simplicity.
James Allen: https://www.jamesallen.com/
They don't seem to have lab-made diamonds, but they say their internal guidelines exceed government requirements.
Now on to the fun part! Here are some designs that we personally love! Yes, we prefer our diamonds to be at least 1 carat. These designs can be customized and purchased at most stores and may or may not be from the above listed websites. (:
We love the simplicity in these rings! The top engagement ring and middle wedding band are our favorite, but we can definitely see a lot of brides going for the bottom ring!
We love princess cut diamonds! We don't know how we feel about the twisted band, a simple non-patterned gold band would have done the job for us.
Oval diamonds? Yes, we love it paired with this setting in rose gold. In fact, we love this band with any cut! Simple and elegant.
We don't always go for diamond halos, but this one caught our eye! We love that that it's not too circular or too square/rectangular.
Above and below, you'll see two different types of pear-shaped engagement rings.
What are your favorite diamond cuts? Types of bands? Feel free to comment.
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