In this guest post, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewelry shares his insight into the benefits of buying pre-owned wedding jewelry to complement your low-waste big day.
With so much to plan in the run up to your low-waste wedding, the little things can often slip through the cracks. But sometimes, it’s the smallest details that can have the biggest impact on your big day, and jewelry is certainly one area you need to pay careful attention to.
Sources say that just one wedding ring can generate 20 tonnes of waste during its production, and that’s not to mention the effect diamond mining and other methods of sourcing materials can have on entire eco-systems and habitats (Going Zero Waste). So, it’s important to look for more sustainable alternatives for your wedding jewelry.
Below I’ll take you through one of the best ways you can make sure your jewelry is in line with your low-waste lifestyle — purchasing pre-owned jewelry rather than cheap or fast fashion pieces.
Better quality bridal jewelry
Your wedding is an excuse to go all out aesthetically, so the jewelry you wear can be a dazzling finishing touch that can really wow your groom and guests. It can even be a way of adding a bit of variety to your white dress or complement a different colored outfit if you choose jewelry with colored stones, such as rubies or emeralds.
But you don’t have to splash out on jewelry that you’ll only wear once to look your best at your wedding: buying pre-owned means you can get the best possible quality for a fraction of the cost, and it will last a lot longer than equally-priced, lower quality options. That means you can get exceptionally pretty wedding jewelry, and you can also wear it again or store as a keepsake to remind you of your special day.
Re-wearable wedding party gifts
It’s customary for the bride to give gifts to her bridesmaids and her wedding party to keep as mementos of their friendship, and as a way to say thank you for being a part of their big day. Bracelets and pendants are quite commonly given because they’re easy to wear and versatile, which means your party can wear them to occasions other than your wedding.
As this is a sentimental token, it’s better to choose timeless vintage jewelry, rather than anything too contemporary that could be regarded as ‘throwaway’. Jewelry that isn’t made to last, like fashion jewelry, will only get discarded soon after the wedding when it breaks or something trendier comes along, whereas simple, pre-owned pieces made from quality materials can be worn and enjoyed for years to come.
By shopping pre-owned, you can afford higher quality gold, silver, and platinum wedding bands for both the bride and the groom. These are often longer lasting and don’t need to be repaired or replaced as often, minimizing waste, and they’ll look more impressive, too.
Remember that storing, cleaning, and maintaining your jewelry properly is important if you want to make sure your wedding bands are always in tip top condition:
- Wipe down your wedding rings regularly with a soft polishing cloth to keep them shiny, bright, and free from grime.
- Store your wedding rings in a ring box when they’re not being worn to keep them away from strong sunlight or dampness.
- Take off your wedding rings and put them in a safe place when exercising or doing chores. This way, your sweat won’t corrode them and they’re less likely to slip off and go missing.
- Avoid cleaning your wedding rings with alcohol and other solvents that could corrode the metal.
By following these steps, you can help your pre-owned jewelry stay in perfect condition for longer.
Pre-owned is not only cheaper, but more economical in other ways too. By purchasing better quality wedding jewelry at a fraction of the cost, you can make sure your favors, bridal jewelry, and wedding bands are more appropriate for a low-waste wedding.
Jack Jahan has worked at Ramsdens Jewelry for over 7 years, gaining plenty of experience within this fast-moving industry — which includes keeping up to date with latest luxury watch and jewelry trends. The first Ramsdens branch opened in 1987 in Stockton-on-Tees, and they have since been trusted by over 1 million people to buy and sell their jewelry. As retailers of both new and pre-owned pieces, they are experts in quality as well as value.