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Vintage Engagement Rings from Brilliant Earth Bring Old School Charm to Your Nuptials

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The 1930’s platinum Naomi ring.

If you are a regular Eco Chick reader, you know that I have long been a huge critic of both diamonds and the “Wedding Industrial Complex” and as such, love to provide my readers with great alternatives to the traditional wedding ideas and products.

Brilliant Earth has long been providing ‘conflict-free’ new diamonds, and now the company is offering a selection of even Earth- and people-friendlier vintage diamond rings.

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The lovely art deco “Florence” ring features step-cut emeralds.

According to the company’s site, “Most rings in the Brilliant Earth antique collection originate in the 1900-1940, with some pieces over a century old! At any given point, Brilliant Earth has over a hundred antique pieces on hand – and new pieces are constantly being added in response to the high demand.”

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The Snowflake ring features vintage European-cut diamonds.

A ring whose carbon footprint and impact occurred a hundred years ago or more is always going to be less impactful than anything new, with the added bonus that your ring will be superunique and certainly won’t look like everybody else’s solitaire diamond engagement rings, since as you can see, the styles run the gamut, and are much more interesting and detailed than modern rings.

If you want to go even more eco-friendly with your engagement, skip the ring altogether (after all, it is a very modern invention, and a sexist one at that.)

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The square, pave Lorena ring is graphic and timeless.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.