April 22, 2011, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Day 13: Princess for a Day Contest - Win $500 Towards Recycled Gold Wedding Bands

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Princess for a Day Contest: Green Karat

DAY 13: Win $500 Towards Recycled Gold Wedding Bands!

Love each other and the planet with recycled gold wedding bands!


In honor of Earth Day, eco jeweler greenKarat is providing one lucky bride with the chance to win a $500 credit towards recycled gold wedding bands!


Princess for a Day Contest: Green Karat


Value: $500

How Does This Contest Work?
You can enter the contest every single day between April 6th and April 28th. You'll find the entry form on the blog post for the prize being unveiled that day. Scroll down to the bottom of this post the enter! You can always find today's prize featured on the SmartBrideBoutique.com CONTESTS page.

Prize Details
Did you know that mining releases almost half of all toxic pollution in the US, with a clean-up cost in the tens of billions of dollars? Reduce that impact with a myKarat® gold registry by greenKarat, where family and friends donate gold and precious metals sitting at home so you can recycle it into eco friendly wedding rings with tremendous sentimental value!


The winner of the Princess for a Day contest will receive a coupon code with a value of $500 that can be used towards her own recycled gold wedding bands. Choosing recycled gold bands lets you give each other symbols of love that don’t harm the planet and reduce demand for destructive mining activity.



Credit: 2000dollarwedding.com, Photo: Marsha Heard


Real Life Wedding Story: MyKarat® Recycled Gold Registry
Sara and Matt set up a personal gold registry and practically got their rings for free! When Sara and Matt set out to plan their wedding, they decided to push back on consumerism and set a budget limit of only $2,000. Seven months later, they held that wedding and a reception for 80 people… and came in under budget.


One of the things they didn't think they would be able to fit into the budget was the cost of wedding rings, but then they found out about myKarat®. They asked friends and family to donate their broken and unwanted gold jewelry and refined it to create to new custom rings for their wedding day. With this sentimental and eco friendly option they also covered something "old" and something "new" in one fell swoop!


As Sara said: "The rings were made from the recycled gold of our friends and family, so they have a ton of sentimental and symbolic value. It's as if we took all of their influence and are now shaping it into something new."


Most importantly, using myKarat® to create their rings allowed them to stay within their budget. Although the retail value of the rings was $1275, the final cost (after the credit for gold was submitted) was just $109! Check out all the details of how they achieved their budget friendly, memorable and meaningful wedding at 2000dollarwedding.com.


If this sounds like your kind of thing, shop online at greenKarat.com or design your own custom rings. Here's a sampling of a few of the gorgeous rings that can be created with the help of your family and friends!



From left to right: Gatsy Antique Engraved (18K recycled white gold or platinum rings), Chaji Mokume Gane ancient Japanese layer technique (18K recycled gold), Celestial Love (recycled platinum) and Two with Nature Mountainscape (18K recycled white and yellow gold)


About greenKarat
greenKarat is the eco jeweler that opposes destructive gold mining and offers truly ecological alternatives for fine jewelry. From the precious metals used in the setting, alloys and refinery process, to the conditions in which the stones were obtained, greenKarat provides full disclosure of the eco footprint of each piece of jewelry you buy. Our mission is to be one of the most ecologically responsible companies around and to provide enough information so that you can be an ecologically responsible consumer.




BONUS DEAL
If you don't want to wait until April 29, 2011 to hear who the winner is, take advantage of a great deal now! For 1 WEEK ONLY, set up a FREE gold registry page and greenKarat will match the first $50 collected! Registry must be set up between April 22 and 29, 2011. Get all the details here.




Click for more information on how the contest works, or to see the official rules of the contest.


Check out all of the prizes one lucky bride will win!

Day 1:Princess for a Day Contest: Kitty AndrewsWin a Kitty Andrews Custom Bridal Headpiece worth $525Princess for a Day Contest: Kitty Andrews
Day 2:Princess for a Day Contest: Unveiling WeddingsWin an Unveiling Weddings Prize Pack worth $315Princess for a Day Contest: Unveiling Weddings
Day 3:Princess for a Day Contest:Frocks BridesmaidsWin 3 Bridesmaid Dresses from Frocks worth $650Princess for a Day Contest: Frocks Bridesmaids
Day 4:Princess for a Day Contest:Amanda PearlWin an Amanda Pearl Clutch and 6 lippys worth $726Princess for a Day Contest: Amanda Pearl
Day 5:Princess for a Day Contest: Cake For YouWin Delicious Cookies for your Sweet Table worth $500Princess for a Day Contest: Cake For You
Day 6:Princess for a Day Contest: Laura K DesignWin Custom Designed Wedding Invitations worth $1225Princess for a Day Contest: Laura K Design
Day 7:Princess for a Day Contest: FlipWin 2 Flip Video MinoHD camcorders worth $480Princess for a Day Contest: Flip
Day 8:Princess for a Day Contest: Kim DrosdickWin 5 Pairs of Bridesmaids Earrings worth $475Princess for a Day Contest: Kim Drosdick
Day 9:Princess for a Day Contest: Wedding RepublicWin $500 Towards Your Wedding RegsitryPrincess for a Day Contest: Wedding Republic
Day 10:Princess for a Day Contest: SearsWin a Mother of the Bride Dress from SearsPrincess for a Day Contest: Sears
Day 11:Princess for a Day Contest: MonetWin $500 of Bridal Bling from MonetPrincess for a Day Contest: Monet
Day 12:Princess for a Day Contest: Bring It UpWin a Bridal Kit and Ka-BOOB-le Package from Bring It Up (worth $360)Princess for a Day Contest: Bring It Up
Day 13:Princess for a Day Contest: Green KaratWin $500 Towards Two Recycled Wedding Bands from greenKaratPrincess for a Day Contest: Green Karat
Day 14:Princess for a Day Contest: Adele WechslerWin $3000 towards an Adele Wechsler Collection gownPrincess for a Day Contest: Adele Wechsler
Day 15:Princess for a Day Contest: Wedding Gown SpecialistsWin a Couture Gown Preservation Package worth $495Princess for a Day Contest: Wedding Gown Specialists
Day 16:Princess for a Day Contest: Eco_Beautiful WeddingsWin a Custom Wedding Planning Package worth $2525Princess for a Day Contest: Eco_Beautiful Weddings
Day 17:Princess for a Day Contest: Honeymoon PackageWin a Honeymoon Survival Pack worth $335 (Part 1)Princess for a Day Contest: Honeymoon Survival Pack
Day 17:Princess for a Day Contest: Honeymoon Survival PackWin a Honeymoon Survival Pack worth $335 (Part 2)Princess for a Day Contest: Honeymoon Survival Pack