The Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery
16 Nov

The Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Jewellery

Picking the right jewellery has the power to transform the look and feel of your entire outfit. Dainty minimalist ring or cocktail ring? Simple studs or hoops? These are the decisions that we usually consider, but how often do we stop to wonder about how our jewellery was made? – Where did the materials come from? Whose hands has it touched? What environment was it made in? Whose lives has it affected? How long was it made to last? To help you navigate the jewellery world with a conscious compass, here is our ultimate guide to ethical and 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 sustainable jewellery brands below create beautiful 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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Birdsong

Rated: Good
Sustainable large hoops by Birdsong

Large Gold Hoop Earrings – Ships internationally from the UK

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.”

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Mayamiko

Rated: Great
Gold Mayamiko sustainable earrings

MATAKO 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 Matako earrings!

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Adele Dejak

Rated: Good
Ethical gold earrings by Adele Dejak

Laizer 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: Great
TAMGA Designs's ethical gold anklet

Sofia Anklet – Ships internationally from Canada

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woman of colour wearing floral sustainable dress by TAMGA Designs

TAMGA Designs – Dresses

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woman of colour wearing floral sustainable kimono by TAMGA Designs

TAMGA Designs – Kimonos

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woman of colour wearing floral sustainable top and skirt by TAMGA Designs

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woman of colour wearing floral sustainable top by TAMGA Designs

TAMGA Designs – Tops

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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.

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Emma Aitchison Jewellery

Rated: Good
Sustainable gold rings by Emma Aitchison

SWELL rings – Ships internationally from the UK

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?!

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Chic Made Consciously

Rated: Good
Ethical rings by Chic Made Consciously

CELINE ring – Ships internationally from the US

Chic Made Consciously sells eye-catching sustainable bags and ethical accessories made from recycled materials by artisans in South East Asia. Its products use eco-friendly materials like upcycled tyres, reclaimed war remnants, and unexploded landmines. Each piece is handmade with love and designed to last, like this repurposed brass ring.

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People Tree

Rated: Great
Ethical stud earrings by People Tree

Square Stud Earrings – Ships internationally from the UK

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.

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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
Sustainable gold bracelet by Automic Gold

Herringbone 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 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.

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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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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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Orenda Tribe

Rated: Good

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.

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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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Elk

Rated: Good
Ethical bracelets by Elk

Fie 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 Fie Necklace and Fie 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
Sustainable gold chain by Laura Lombardi

Rafaella 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 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.

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Amour Vert

Rated: Good
Sustainable chain link bracelet by Amour Vert

SOKO Capsule Link Bracelet in Brass – Ships internationally from the US

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!

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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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Editor's note

Feature image via Mayamiko. 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 more than 2,500 brands. To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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