A lot of work goes into making our ethical engagement rings the best in the UK
We’re one of the UK’s most ethical jewellers meaning our engagement rings have some of the highest standards you’ll find anywhere.
Take a look below at what sets us apart from others.
No gemstones without fully traceable ethical origins
The only gemstones that make it into our enggaement rings are ones that we've vetted extensively.
That applies to diamonds, sapphires, rubies , emeralds and any other gemstones that you ask for.
Here's some of our favourites:
Lab grown diamonds
We love lab grown diamonds because they don’t have the same ethical pitfalls that most mined diamonds do.
They don’t need large scale mining. The people who make them work in good conditions with fair pay. There’s no chance they’re involved in the blood diamond trade and all the energy used to make them can be offset to be carbon neutral!
On top of that, you’ll get a much better lab diamond for your budget when compared to mined diamonds.
All our lab diamonds come from USA based labs which are signed up to the SCS sustainability scheme. That means they’ve committed to offsetting their carbon emissions with green initiatives.
Want to know more? Read our full guide on lab grown diamonds!
Ethically sourced mined diamonds
If lab diamonds aren’t your thing, we’ve also worked hard to find mined diamonds with strong ethical credentials.
There’s only 2 sources that meet our standards currently.
The first is Canadamark diamonds which come from mines in the north of Canada. They have incredibly high safeguarding standards for their supply chain and their environmental protections are second to none.
Botswana is our second trusted supplier. As one of the only African nations who have benefited from their vast diamond wealth they’re a true success story for ethical diamond mining.
When you choose a mined diamond from Nightingale, you’ll get a verifiable origin certificate which lists where the diamond came from. And we’ll happily tell you the positive contributions it has made to its country of origin.
Rubies, sapphires and emeralds
We don't limit our engagement rings to just diamonds, we love to splash some colour into our designs!
Again we've worked hard to find ethical suppliers of sapphires, emeralds, rubies and more!
Take a look at these ethical buying guides for more information
Alternatively, ask our team for more details!
Recycled and Fairtrade metals
The metal we use in our rings is just as important as the gemstone in our opinion. We use recycled platinum and gold as standard and also have Fairtrade options available too.
Small scale craftmanship
For most jewellers, bigger is better. But it’s different at Nightingale.
First of all, we don’t buy rings in bulk because it creates waste. If we ended up not being able to sell them we'd have to resmelt them, increasing their carbon footprint.
Instead, every ring is made with purpose, based on your exact requirements by UK based jewellers.
This does impact the amount of profit we can make on each ring, because we don’t have the benefit of bulk buying discounts, but we’d prefer to minimise waste as opposed to maximise profit.
Want to know more?
If you're still looking for ethical sourcing information, you might be interested in reading about the Nightingale Standard
, the ethical principles which guide our business.