Ethical Diamond Options and Alternatives

Ethical Diamond Options and Alternatives

We want your love for nature to be reflected in the jewelry you wear, so we're always looking for ways to make our unique jewelry more sustainable and use materials from ethical sources. As we designed new engagement rings for the June 2022 launch, we researched the best suppliers for recycled, eco-friendly, and conflict-free diamonds, as well as alternative stones that are just as visually stunning. Read more about each stone below to decide which one fits your dream ring.

Recycled Diamond

14k yellow gold ring with recycled diamond by Beth Millner Jewelry

Recycled diamonds are stones that already exist in the supply chain that are restored to ensure that they are the same quality as a brand new diamond. Because they bypass the mining process, they are a particularly eco-friendly option. 

Conflict-free Diamond

18k palladium white gold birch bark rings with conflict free diamond by Beth Millner Jewelry

Our conflict free diamonds are recently mined stones. To ensure that they are ethically sourced, our diamond supplier follows the guidelines of the Kimberley process, is in compliance with the United Nations resolutions, and guarantees that the diamonds are conflict free.

Lab-grown Diamond

14k yellow gold trillium engagement ring with lab grown diamond by Beth Millner Jewelry

Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds that were grown under specific conditions in a lab. They are generally excellent in quality, but are much more affordable than mined stones. That said, it is important to note that they will not appreciate value over time in the same way that mined stones will.

Diamonds are the hardest gemstone, and are ranked at a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. This makes them perfect for everyday wear. 

Moissanite

14k rose gold leafy branch engagement ring with eco-friendly moissanite by Beth Millner Jewelry

Moissanite might look like diamond, but it is a completely different gemstone! Originally found in meteors, the natural supply is extremely limited, and almost all moissanite on the market is lab grown. Like lab grown diamonds, moissanite will not appreciate value over time. That said, moissanite is more affordable than diamond options, and has more fire (the rapidly changing flashes of color seen in some gems) than diamond. They are a 9.5 on the Mohs scale, and are suitable for everyday wear.

Sapphire

14k rose gold tree trunk engagement ring with Montana Sapphire by Beth Millner Jewelry

Our Sapphires are mined right here in the United States in Montana. Our supplier is a Gold Level Green America Certified Business, which is an independent certification given to businesses that are environmentally responsible and socially equitable, among other attributes. Each sapphire is heat treated following industry standards to bring out the best color possible from each stone, making them a great option if you’re looking for something blue. They are a 9 on the Mohs scale, and are suitable for everyday wear.