There's an article in the May issue of Conscious Choice magazine,
"Diamonds: No one's best friend?" The author interviewed a suburban
Chicago couple who owns a jewelry store and sell only Canadian
The sidebar suggests alternatives to diamond engagement rings such
as matching tattoos.
Here's an excerpt from the sidebar:
"Another option is to "recycle" an existing ring. Estate sales and
antique shops (along with older relatives) have plenty of vintage
jewelry. Yes, it's likely to have been mined. However, being a
secondhand shopper means you've effectively cheated the jewelry
industry out of a potential customer. Reuse is also the theory
behind the Internet-based business, Green Karat. The company buys
other people's jewelry, melts it down and refashions it into new
Finally, you can always fake it. Synthetics, such as cubic zirconia,
boast the exact chemical makeup of diamonds and have all the dazzle
of the real thing - but none of the drawbacks. - MB"
Mandy Burrell is the author.
If you'd like to write to the magazine to correct the horribly wrong
statement above, here's the contact
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