The party season is well and truly underway and our outfits have more sparkle than a David Jones window display. Whether it’s for yourself or for a gift, Christmas is a great time to invest in some ethical jewellery. Here are six brands that bring you bling with out the sting.
We love the great work they do empowering local communities, recycling used materials and keeping our fingers and toes looking fancy.
Zefyr Eco Jewel
Zefyr make jewels that are carefully handmade from recycled brass and lovingly plated with 18ct gold or sterling silver. Their philosophy is to create beautiful jewels that are earth-friendly without sacrificing style or glamour. www.zefyrjewels.com.au
Produced in Laos from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts and other aluminium scrap, each PeaceBomb is hand-poured and cast in wood and ash moulds. The enterprise provides a sustainable source of income for local artisans. article22.com
This brand works with artisans in emerging economies to hand make jewellery using natural and upcycled materials. By providing artisans with computers and technology solutions, Soko helps designers mange their production and sell to a global market.
Designed in New York and crafted by fair trade artisans in Ecuador and Vietnam, this social enterprise is deeply committed to providing dignified wages and holistic social programs. shopfaire.com
Raven + Lily
Handmade in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan and the USA, Raven + Lily employ marginalised women and provide them with fair trade wages and safe jobs, as well as health care and education. They produce clothing, accessories and jewellery like these gorgeous leaf earrings.
Creating beauty from beasts, Mettle use remnants of bomb shell metal from the Khmer Rouge and recycled Lucite to craft jewellery . Made in Cambodia and Indonesia, collections are crafted by non-profit organisations training artisans in a fair trade environment. Available from www.greenhorse.com.au
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