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 sustainable jewellery brands below create beautiful ethical accessories and gifts, and have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ by our amazing Ratings team.
The Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery
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.
Looking for the perfect pair of ethical hoops? These lovely gold hoops will do just the trick. A classic take on a wardrobe staple, these fair trade essentials are sure to last for years to come. Birdsong is a London-based boutique built on a philosophy of fairness and authenticity, promising customers “no sweatshop, no photoshop.”
Bario Neal is an ethical custom jewellery designer that creates handmade rings and fine jewellery with conflict-free diamonds and other gemstones. The brand uses ethically sourced materials, including reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones to bring to life each of its uniquely designed pieces.
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.
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 Matako earrings!
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.
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.
TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. The brand recently launched its jewellery collection in collaboration with Lissa Bowie! Ethically 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.
Emma Aitchison Jewellery was created in 2016 as a reflection of the founder’s passion for nature, and love of design and jewellery making. Climate change is now a main focus of all her pieces, where each collection is inspired by different weather forms. She hopes to use her jewellery to raise awareness, ignite conversations about environmental issues, and ultimately to encourage others to be more conscious and appreciative of our planet. She uses recycled and Fairtrade silver and gold in all her pieces, non-toxic chemicals in her production process, and recycled packaging. The brand has partnered with Survival International – 5% of all online sales now support Tribal and indigenous people claim back and protect their land form mines, oil drilling and logging. How gorgeous are these ocean-inspired recycled gold rings?!
Beautifully handmade and constructed from Fair Trade brass, these square stud earrings are classic everyday pieces. Even better, they are nickel free and made by Bombolulu—a Fair Trade social business in Kenya that creates unique handmade jewellery.
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!
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!
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.
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 gold Herringbone bracelet is as simple as it is sexy making it a perfect and elegant statement jewellery piece. With its impeccable shine and luxurious look, this is one solid gold bracelet you’ll never want to be without.
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.
Orenda Tribe is committed to helping indigenous makers and artists find opportunities to create. This indigenous-owned brand creates one-of-a-kind upcycled and restored vintage clothing and accessories. These beautiful bead earrings are made from beads that are berries from juniper trees, and are used for health, harmony, and safety. The juniper tree provides medicine used by the Diné people and every part of the tree is used for something, including the berries. The brand specifically works with Diné artisan Mary Rose Yazzie who creates her pieces with prayer and good medicine.
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.
Laura Lombardi is an eponymous jewellery line made and designed in New York that features the latest trends AND ethics. The Rafaella 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.
Made from 100% recycled brass, this handcrafted linked bracelet is a timeless must-have. SOKO is a San Francisco-based brand founded to empower women in Kenya to create modern and sustainable jewellery, inspired by architecture and traditional tribal designs, creating a strong yet minimal aesthetic. Love!
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.
So, there you have it! Whether you are looking for your next ‘treat yourself’ item or a gift for a loved one, the beautiful sustainable jewellery that these brands produce while encouraging change and supporting ethical practices means that you never need to sacrifice aesthetics for your values.
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