Put a ring on it! Guide to ethical wedding rings

Engagement season is in full swing! An estimated 40% of couples pop the question between November and February, with around 100,000 proposals likely to happen over the Christmas period alone.

If you’ve become recently engaged – Congratulations! Now the wedding planning can begin!

First things first – the ring! Engagement and wedding rings comes in all shapes, sizes and styles. But some ‘rocks’ can come with ethical conflicts.

If, like many of our couples, you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and avoid diamonds mined in war zones, you can invest in an ethical engagement or wedding ring.

As an ethical and eco-friendly wedding venue, we think ethical wedding rings are the epitome of romance! Here’s a selection of our favourite ethical jewellers all located within our beautiful county of Somerset…

Eco Wood Rings

As a woodland wedding venue, Eco Wood Rings are right up our street! Based in Bath, husband and wife team Steve and Laura help you capture your story in a ring for someone you love. With an Eco Wood Ring you can go against the grain without compromising, knowing that your beautiful handcrafted ring won’t cost the earth. Each ring is designed with nature in mind using a variety of sustainable materials.

Choose from their collection of pre-designed rings or create a custom ring. Each ring is one-of-a kind, lovingly made to order from their own sustainable materials or those supplied by you.

Visit www.ecowoodrings.co.uk


Christina Oswin Jewellery

With a shop in the lovely town of Frome, Christina is a Fairtrade licensee and uses recycled Fairtrade silver and gold and fair mined or ethically sourced gemstones in her designs. The collections are on display in the shop and Christina has her jewellery bench on the shop floor so you can see the work in action!

Visit www.christinaoswin.co.uk


Diana Porter

Located on Bristol’s bustling Park Street, Diana Porter is an independent jewellery store and gallery showcasing the work of over 80 top jewellery designers alongside Diana’s collections.

If you’re looking for some bold and alternative, we recommend taking a browse here!

Visit www.dianaporter.co.uk


Julia Thompson – available in Clifton Rocks, Clifton Village

Starting with a rough sketch, Julia develops her ideas into prototype pieces allowing the materials to dictate. Whether it’s a statement necklace or a sought after dress ring, often when working to commission, a bespoke ‘one-of-a-kind’ design is initially centred on a focal gemstone, ethically sourced where possible.

Combining warm golden hues with a cooler silver palette and creating contrasting textures with raised relief areas have become her signature design processes.

Visit www.juliathompson.co.uk/collections/weddings/

Happy shopping!


Eco-friendly weddings in Somerset

Chew Valley Weddings is located surrounded by a magical woodland in a leafy glade with far-reaching views across the shimmering lake. Our tipi wedding venue is yours for the weekend to create your individual celebration. We’re passionate about sustainability and protecting the environment so can offer you a green wedding alternative – perfect for conscious couples!

To find out more or for a quote, email hello@chewvalleyweddings.co.uk