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Why Millennials Should Opt for Ethical Engagement Rings

Some people resent getting stuck with the “millennial” label because it’s often used in a negative context. Millennials are blamed for this and that, when really we’re just trying to survive in a world that was far kinder to past generations. The truth is, being a millennial means having to make tough choices. We can help you make one of those choices a little bit easier by showing you why, as a millennial, you don’t need a flashy and expensive diamond engagement ring.

Financial Reasons

Woman's left hand wearing The Grace on ring finger

Ring: The Grace

The first consideration comes down to finances, which you were probably expecting. Millennials have an average of $28,000 in debt, and this doesn’t even include a mortgage (which most can’t afford). You work hard for low wages, and spend most of their money on ridiculously high housing costs. Then, when you meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you have to look at a dwindling bank account and figure out where you’re going to pull $1,000+ for an engagement ring from.

Woman wrapped in blanket wearing The One and Only on left hand ring finger

Ring: The One and Only

But is that ring really worth your future savings and your foundation to start a new life together on? Most would agree that it’s not. If you want to go on a memorable honeymoon, buy a house, or start a family, you have a better way to spend that money.

Woman's left hand touching hair wearing The I Do on ring finger

Ring: The I Do

This doesn’t mean you have to settle for an unattractive ring, though! These days, alternate rings are just as beautiful as their counterparts, sometimes even more so. Modern Gents offers everything from extravagant simulated diamonds to simple rose gold plated bands. 

Ethical Reasons

Woman's left hand wearing The Lovely and The Eternity on ring finger

Rings: The Lovely, The Eternity band

Diamonds have been mired in controversy ever since the term “blood diamonds” made its way to consumers. Blood diamonds are diamonds that have been mined in war zones, then sold to pay for those war efforts. Also called conflict diamonds, these diamonds are banned but still make their way into the market, representing an estimated 4 percent of all diamonds sold (though it’s understandably difficult to get an exact figure).

Even so-called “conflict free” diamonds are flawed and can include blood diamonds due to inconsistencies in certification. By avoiding diamonds altogether, you don’t have to be concerned about that pretty little diamond having ties to bloody conflict.

Left hand wearing The Victoria and The Forever

Rings: The Victoria, The Forever band

Diamonds have had their time, but new generations are realizing that the hype is exactly that: hype. Diamonds are just a stone; they’re not forever. But you know what is? Love.