Did the Elizabethans create the greenest cufflink ever with their ‘cuff string?’
Maybe, but unless you are a having a farm wedding with themed costumes to boot (think Worzel Gummidge) then string is not going to be the best look for 2013. With the advances in Fairtrade precious metals and ethical designers recycling interesting materials, grooms have more choice than ever. Here are our top picks for ethical cufflinks.
1. Seahorses mate for life
Ethical favourites Fifi Bijoux have done it again with these beautiful seahorses crafted in 9ct Fairtrade gold. Craft a romantic moment with your bride by whispering into her ear that seahorses stay together for life while showing her the beautiful specimens on your wrist.
2. For the Parisian in you
This cufflink is from a Parisian themed collection and quite the bling bee on your wrist. The bullet-black, crystal adorned, honey-gold rhodium bee cufflinks are inspired by the diverse wildlife in the Jardins des Plantes. Bond47 makes a donation to a charity of your choice (from 8 selected) with every purchase of cufflinks.
3. Lego loving lad
What do recycled lego cufflinks say about you on your wedding day? That you know marriage is a serious business but it should be fun too! Bring a piece of your childhood to your wedding. These cufflinks from The Bristol Shop come in a variety of colours and shapes to suit.
4. Debonair gent
If you wear cultured diamonds on your wrist, you know that they were grown in a laboratory rather than mined under potentially poor working conditions and with a greater environmental impact. These elegant Diamond Culture cufflinks are made from Ebony wood with a blue (lab-grown) diamond and ten small white diamonds dotted down the central stalk.
5. Who’s that knocking at my door?
Does your love for your betrothed send you wild like a wolf – even just a teensy little bit? Then these bold cufflinks make a fashionable statement. Designer Oria, based at Cred only uses sterling silver sourced from artisan miners in Bolivia who don’t use cyanide or mercury for extraction.
6. Gorgeous geek
We couldn’t resist these geeky cufflinks from made from recycled circuit boards. Ecocentric offer black, blue, red and green for that superchic geek look on your wedding day.
7. Irish rose
Wear the flower that is the symbol of love on your sleeve with La Jewellery’s ‘Rose of Donegal’ Cufflinks.
They are made from 100% recycled silver, bought from a number of charities, and hand-crafted here in the UK. They even come in 100% recycled packaging.
Have you been inspired by our ethical cufflinks? Perhaps you want to design your own cufflinks that highlight a passion of your own. Many ethical boutique jewellers take bespoke orders, head over to our ethical jewellery suppliers section to have a look.
Coming up next on the Ethical Weddings Blog is some great advice for the groom. Forget boring wedding lists, we’re thinking of ways to help you with pre-wedding nerves, dancing and speech writing. Plus some fantastic articles on alternative, organic, upcycled wedding wear for the green groom. We’d best get writing then!
Here comes the groom
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