ADVICE - 4 Sustainable Jewellery Tips for Your Low-Waste Wedding
12th February 2020
In this article, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery offers his advice for picking jewellery for your wedding day that won’t cost the Earth, in any sense.
With so much to consider in the run-up to your big day, it can be tempting to cut corners when it comes to your jewellery. But fast fashion jewellery pieces are often made from plastic or low-quality metals that quickly break, tarnish, or turn your fingers green. The impact they can have on the environment as they’re thrown away, not to mention the emissions cost of replacing them more often, simply means they’re not an option for a low-waste wedding.
So, while cheap jewellery may seem like a quick fix for your big day, it’s important to carefully consider the source of your rings, accessories, and bridal gifts instead. Below, I’ll be sharing four positive decisions you can make when jewellery shopping for your low-waste wedding.
Invest in high-quality rings and wedding party gifts
By investing in high-quality pieces instead of cheap jewellery, you can rest assured that they’ll last beyond your wedding day. You and your bridal party can re-wear them again and again, reducing the need for you all to keep buying new items of jewellery. Plus, genuine jewellery may be less likely to have been mass-made in a factory with a high level of pollution.
Choose timeless designs over fleeting trends
You can counter the temptation to follow fast fashion by choosing traditional looks rather than anything too contemporary. Traditional styles are often simpler, but that doesn’t mean you have to be boring. For gifts, you could look for personalised pieces that feature the different members of your bridal party’s birthstones. Their birthstones don’t change, so what you choose is always going to be wearable as well as special.
Shop vintage and pre-owned collections
If you shop in vintage and pre-owned collections, you’re potentially contributing less pollution to the environment than if you bought your jewellery new, as they’ve already been manufactured. And, as an added bonus for you, old jewellery was often made with a higher percentage of real gold or silver. That means you could be getting higher-quality jewellery at a fraction of the cost.
Take good care of your jewellery
You can make your jewellery last even longer if it is properly maintained, which includes keeping on top of cleaning and repairs. Handily, there are a few things you can do yourself to protect and restore your wedding jewellery.
- Store rings, earrings, and beaded jewellery in a box.
- Hang long necklaces to prevent them from getting tangled.
- Keep all jewellery away from strong sunlight and perfumes.
- Take off your jewellery when exercising or doing chores.
- Clean and polish your jewellery regularly with a soft cloth.
- Avoid cleaning your jewellery with alcohol and other solvents.
- To remove dirt, use a very mild washing up liquid solution.
You can also apply these steps to jewellery you already own if you want to spruce up a special piece for your big day.
By following the tips in this guide, you can make sure your wedding jewellery is eco-friendlier and more sustainable — without sacrificing your style and individuality.
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