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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.

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A Thought For Thursday
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I thought that I didn't care

I thought I was love-impaired

But baby, baby

I don't know what I'm gonna do

I'm crying 'cause I love you, oh

Yes, you

(Ya ya, ya ya)

Lizzo

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Memphis Sweethearts

Tell us how you met and fell in love!

We were both at a mutual friend’s party and we talked, even kissed, but we never got more than each-others first names. I was able to find out a little more about Dan through mutual friends after that, and I friended him on social media. One day, a few weeks later, I sent him some cheesy message and said to contact me if he ever wanted to go out. About a week after that, I received a random text from Dan saying he was free that evening if I wanted to get together. So, that afternoon we met for a movie. That was late November, 2010, and we’ve been together ever since.

Was there a proposal? Tell us about it!

Dan had given me several not-so-subtle hints that it was time for us to be engaged, and after nearly 6 years together, he was right. So I bought the ring, and was waiting for the perfect time and the perfect scenario to pop the question. One Sunday in August, 2016, I had spent the day with my family, and Dan was with some of our friends. Shortly after I got home, Dan came in to freshen up before meeting some friends for dinner. At some point that day, it became clear that was the day I needed to do it. So, I went into the bedroom and found the ring from its hiding place, came into our living room and got down on one knee. I called for Dan to come into the room, and when he came around the corner, he was completely shocked to find me kneeling, presenting a ring. After a sappy, but sincere speech, I asked him to marry me. He finally answered with the anticipated yes, and we went to dinner where he was eager to show our friends the ring.

Are you planning your wedding right away or giving yourself some time to just be engaged?

We’ve were engaged for almost 3 years, and finally had our wedding for September 4.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned from your significant other?

We both learn from each other every day to be more patient and loving, and I don't think that will ever change. Most people would say that our personalities couldn't be more different, and that comes with a lot of friction and head butting at times. But it also pushes us to be more understanding of each others needs and to grow closer together as we compromise and navigate through life.

What’s your favorite part of your relationship?

Our favorite part of this relationship is knowing that no matter what happens, no matter what difficulties we face, we have a kind, loving, and devoted friend to come home to.

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A Thought For Thursday
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Joy on joy on joy,

these layers of happiness

that we both deserve.

Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson

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