Ethical Diamond Jewelry
Hey, it's Kate here! I wanted to talk to you about one of the things that irks me the most about the wedding industry - how not-conscious it can be. Not eco-conscious or sustainable, not humane. I mean, do you have any idea where your attire was made? (props if you do!)
The thing is, it seems like we all get so caught up in the Pinterest-induced whirlwind of making everything look perfect that we forget where all of those beautiful things come from. One of the biggest offenders? Diamonds. We've all heard the horror stories about blood diamonds, but it's pretty easy for many of us to push that to the back of our minds, go to a big box jewelry store where we know we'll get a good deal and find our dream ring. I am not here to shame anyone, but this is something that I do, desperately, want to bring awareness to. Lucky for me, the folks at MiaDonna feel the same way. In fact, when Anna-Mieke Anderson, MiaDonna’s Founder and CEO, found out she had purchased a conflict diamond in her engagement ring, she began to uncover the living nightmare of the lives and land damaged by the jewelry she was wearing on her hand.Anna-Mieke realized sponsoring a child in a diamond mining community wasn't enough when the little boy she sponsored wrote to tell her that it was a great summer because "only one of my classmates was killed." It was at that point that she made it her mission to start selling conflict-free jewelry and lab-grown diamonds to fund her foundation, The Greener Diamond, in order to sponsor more children in diamond mining communities and to offer consumers a beautiful, ethical and affordable diamond alternative.
Established in Portland, Oregon in 2005, MiaDonna became the first leading retailer of conflict-free engagement rings and fine jewelry handcrafted in the U.S.A. using lab-grown diamonds, lab-grown gemstones and 100% recycled metal. All fine jewelry and accessories from MiaDonna are guaranteed conflict-free, crafted ethically above-ground to positively impact native communities, local societies, and the earth. What's more, in 2019, MiaDonna became a Certified B Corporation, meaning they meet the highest standards for social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. These are pieces that you can truly feel good about buying - MiaDonna is a foundation-first company and they proudly gives back a minimum of 10% of their net profits from every purchase to their charity foundation, The Greener Diamond.
Whether you’re in the market for engagement rings, wedding bands, or accessories, MiaDonna has something for everyone. Styles range from vintage style engagement rings to three stone engagement rings, modern engagement rings to simple or diamond accented wedding bands. There is also a whole line of Ready-to-Ship Jewelry that is great for any occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, etc) and it ships the same business day with free overnight shipping (domestic) if ordered before 11:00 am PST, Monday through Friday - I'm looking at you, procrastinators!
MiaDonna doesn't call customers "customers," they call them #MiaDonnaHeroes, because every purchase helps give back to The Greener Diamond and combats the damage done by the traditional diamond industry. MiaDonna Heroes are shared on social media and the blog - let me tell you - there are some incredible couples featured, like Rebecca & Leah!
If you're thinking about rings and have been interested in conflict-free diamonds, I cannot encourage you enough to check out MiaDonna - they are total game-changers.