16 Nov

The Ultimate Guide to More Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery

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How often do we stop to wonder about how our jewellery was made? And which brands are making more ethical and sustainable jewellery?

The ultimate guide to more sustainable jewellery

We’ve all sighed in frustration at how quickly our poorly made trend pieces tarnish or begin to lose their once irresistible lustre. Unfortunately, the fast fashion industry has brought about a culture of repeatedly buying poorly-made “trendy” jewellery that is thrown out after a few wears, wasting resources and exposing ourselves and the producers to toxic materials along the way. Thankfully, the increasing global focus on sustainability in the fashion industry has also raised questions about the environmental impacts and ethics of the jewellery that we adorn ourselves with. The more sustainable jewellery brands below create beautiful more ethical accessories and gifts, and have all been rated “Good” or “Great” by our amazing ratings team.

ARTICLE22

Rated: Good
Gold snake earrings by ARTICLE22

NEW GOLD TONE SNAKE EARRINGS – Ships internationally from the US

Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery, like these stunning gold snake earrings, is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium scraps. This sustainable jewellery brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of—using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping locals artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. ARTICLE22 gives back to clear more unexploded bombs in Laos, and a proportion of profit is used to support community development for workers. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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Raven + Lily

Rated: Good

Petra Circle Signet Ring – Ships internationally from the US

Raven + Lily supports local female artisans to create handmade jewellery, bags, and homewares. This US brand's products are eco-friendly and empower communities through fair wages, healthcare, and education.

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FUTURA Jewelry

Rated: Great

Sole Double Twisted Stacking Ring – Ships internationally from the US

FUTURA Jewelry is a New York based ethical jewellery brand. Each piece of FUTURA Jewelry is handcrafted with mercury-free 18kt Certified Fairmined Ecological gold. The brand's gold comes from the three certified Fairmined mines in the world that mine for gold without the use of toxic chemicals including mercury and cyanide.

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Mayamiko

Rated: Great
A pair of square gold earrings by Mayamiko.

Khuto Earrings – Ships internationally from the UK

Lovingly crafted in Malawi, Mayamiko takes ethical to the next level with its unique and beautiful fair trade fashion and accessories. With a stunning mix of modern and traditional textiles and cuts from Africa, Asia, and Italy, this 100% PETA-certified vegan brand should be high on your list for colourful clothes and accessories. A leading advocate for better labour rights, the brand has also created the Mayamiko Trust, a charity working in the community to train and empower disadvantaged women. We love these elegant Khuto earrings.

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ABLE

Rated: Good
image of person wearing ring and close up of ring by ABLE

Vantage Ring – Ships internationally from the US

ABLE is a US-based clothing and accessories brands, that works with communities all over the world to make a meaningful impact, producing slow fashion that pays a living wage to women who have faced extraordinary circumstances. Most pieces are made from recycled silver, they opt for natural solutions in the manufacturing process and scraps are melted down into new pieces of gold and silver for reuse.

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Adele Dejak

Rated: Good
brass earrings by Adele Dejak.

Miyanda Large Brass Earrings – Ships internationally from Kenya

Adele Dejak’s designs are bold and sophisticated. Made ethically in Kenya from environment-friendly materials, Adele Dejak respects the traditions of the past. These beautifully constructed brass earrings are perfect for any fashionista. The beauty in them is that they can be worn with a range of outfits, from casual to classy.

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Good
TAMGA Designs's ethical gold anklet

Sofia Anklet – Ships internationally from Canada

TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting more sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. The brand also has a jewellery collection. More responsibly made by artisans in Taxco, Mexico using local metals and gemstones, this small-batch offering has been designed to add a touch of glamour to your Provence treasures.

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People Tree

Rated: Great
A pair of gold heart stud earrings by People Tree.

Heart Stud Earrings – Ships internationally from the UK

Beautifully handmade and constructed from Fair Trade brass, these heart stud earrings are cute everyday pieces. Even better, they are nickel free and made by Bombolulu—a Fair Trade social business in Kenya that creates unique handmade jewellery.

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Théla

Rated: Great
someone wearing earrings by Thela

Long Anafiotika Earrings – Ships internationally from Greece

Greek brand Théla creates handcrafted fashion and lifestyle accessories with plastic waste. From waste to yarn to you, it crafts pieces using eco-friendly materials working with partners from disadvantaged communities, and is entirely vegan! For an understated, elegant look, we’re loving the long drop Anafiotika earrings. Sustainably made in India using upcycled plastic, finish your outfit with these chic, minimalist, sterling silver gems!

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Holly Ryan

Rated: Good
Gold coin necklace from Holly Ryan

HIDDEN TREASURE COIN NECKLACE IN GOLD – Ships internationally from Australia

The Hidden Treasure Coin Necklace is an ode to organic beauty. It features four beautiful sapphires, embedded into one of Holly Ryan’s signature pendants. Each necklace is unique and therein lies its beauty. If something you purchase from Holly Ryan has lost its lustre, the brand offers an in-house repair service and also invites you to return the pieces you no longer wear. That’s the kind of circularity we love to see!

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good
Sustainable earrings by Jyoti-Fair Works

Earring CHENNAI – Ships in Europe from Germany

Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, Jyoti – Fair Works employs people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India, uses only organic cotton in production, and no animal products! These simple ethical earrings are a wonderful everyday companion and can be combined perfectly with the smaller version—called Earring CHANDRAPUR—in case you have more than two ear holes.

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Automic Gold

Rated: Good
A thin gold bracelet by Automic Gold.

Essential Bracelet – Ships internationally from the US

Radically wearable jewellery. Queer-owned and featuring minimalist designs made from reclaimed materials, Automic Gold is setting new standards for ethical jewellery. Made from solid 14k reclaimed gold, this classic bracelet is as simple as it is sexy making it a perfect and elegant jewellery piece. With its impeccable shine and luxurious look, this is one solid gold bracelet you’ll never want to be without.

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Kimai

Rated: Good
Sustainable subtle necklace by Kimai

Subtle Necklace – Ships internationally from Belgium

Kimai is an ethical and fairtrade fine jewellery brand based in Antwerp. This gorgeous subtle necklace is handcrafted from 18k solid recycled gold and lab grown diamonds. It is the ultimate ‘less is more’.

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AGMES

Rated: Good
Ethical gold rings by AGMES

ASTRID RING SET III – Ships internationally from the US

AGMES is a modern jewellery line inspired by urban landscapes, architecture, and modern art. These handcrafted rings are available in sterling silver and 14k solid yellow gold, perfect for everyday wear.

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YU STEPANEL

Rated: Good
woman wearing gold and ecosilver prawn earrings by YU STEPANEL

Prawn Earrings – Ships internationally from the UK

YU STEPANEL is an independent jewellery brand based in London that celebrates a slower pace of living and wearing. How stunning are these prawn earrings made from ecosilver and 22ct gold?

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Shop YU STEPANEL @ Staiy.

Shop YU STEPANEL.

All Blues

Rated: Good
Sustainable silver earrings by All Blues

Snake Earrings Large Thick in Polished Silver – Ships internationally from Sweden

All Blues is a Stockholm-based brand that beautifully curates jewellery for men and women from recycled materials. The brand’s modern, utilitarian flair elevates any outfit or pairing. These snake earrings are no exception, featuring recycled 925 sterling silver with a polished finish.

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Nisolo

Rated: Good
Small ethical huggie hoops by Nisolo

Huggie Hoop Earring – Ships internationally from the US

Affordable and ethical? Yes, please. Made to fit close to the ear for a clean, modern look, the Huggie Hoop looks good on its own or when paired with other earrings. All Nisolo jewellery is handmade by artisans in Kenya using upcycled brass.

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Shop Nisolo @ Made Trade.

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Elk

Rated: Good

Kleine Bangle – Ships internationally from Australia

A contemporary design made from sculptural resin, the Fie Bangle is a striking look. Make a statement with this minimalist bangle by pairing with the matching Kleine Earrings. This piece is made entirely by hand by Zai Design Hive, a family-run operation in the Philippines.

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Laura Lombardi

Rated: Good
A gold herringbone necklace by Laura Lombardi.

Omega Chain – Ships internationally from the US

Laura Lombardi is an eponymous jewellery line made and designed in New York that features the latest trends AND ethics. The Omega Chain is a beautifully crafted patterned brass chain necklace, linked by hand in the brand’s NYC studio. The necklace is adjustable in length and features a lobster-claw closure.

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Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Pre-Owned Stella McCartney Jewellery – Ships internationally

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

So, there you have it. Whether you are looking for your next “treat yourself” item or a gift for a loved one, the beautiful, more sustainable jewellery that these brands produce while encouraging change and supporting better practices means that you never need to sacrifice aesthetics for your values.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Laura Lombardi. All other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world's most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands.

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