The easiest way to polish your look is with the right jewelry. Jewelry, whether delicate or statement can say a lot about who you are. My everyday look is more of a minimalist look with wearing just my wedding and engagement rings and a favorite pair of delicate diamond drop earrings my husband bought me for my 40th birthday. When I’m going out is when I like to spice up my look with a statement ring, a cuff, or dangly earrings. I’ve recently found a few jewelry brands that are doing good things for the planet while creating works of art. Here are some sustainable and ethical jewelry brands to know about:
Sustainable & Ethical Jewelry Brands To Know
The brand that practically invented knuckle rings, stacking rings, and cute little ear lobe rings, creates all of its jewelry by hand in its Brooklyn, New York studio. Fans of this cult brand are Behati Prinsloo, Lorde, and Liv Tyler.
A part of No Dirty Gold which helps to ensure that gold mining operations respect human rights and the environment. Which maybe you didn’t know that gold mining happens to be one of the most destructive industries in the world. Gold mining pollutes water and land with mercury and cyanide, therefore endangering people and ecosystems.
I love the 1976 open link gold bracelet! The open link is so popular this year since it’s such a great layering piece. Who doesn’t like a gold locket? The Dollhouse 14k gold, Initial lockets are great to gift someone for a special occasion like a graduation. Ankle bracelets are a retro throw-back from the 80s and look great with cropped jeans and sandals.
Aurate New York
“Fine jewelry born and raised in New York”, is their tagline. Aurate designs jewelry to be worn every day. With their edgy ear cuffs and stackable rings, Aurate’s designs give you that “cool girl” esthetic. Using sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint, doesn’t diminish the quality and care they put into every piece. They start by using 100% recycled gold in 14k, 18k, and 14k plated-vermeil. Prices range depending on the gold content.
Ear cuffs are the answer if you don’t have your ears double or triple pierced. I love layering the Infinity Ear Cuff with the Kaleidoscope Mini Ear Cuff. The Infinity Hoop earrings can be purchased as singles or doubles, which is nice! The Pearl Ear Chain Threader suspends a 6mm Akoya Pearl in ethereal splendor. Well rounded and glimmering, just like you…the Aurator Small Circle Pendant is like a modern-day locket ready to engrave. In yellow, white, or pink gold. And for the mother-daughter duo, isn’t this cut-out heart chain set adorable? So sweet for you and that little girl in your life! I Carry Your Heart Necklace and In My Heart Necklace.
Able is a sustainable fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. While still at an affordable price point, the women at Able are very devoted to the quality of the products they make as well as the quality of life they create for the women they train and employ. Able started as a scarf company in Ethiopia but has grown into a lifestyle brand employing 95% women.
The Virgil earrings were crafted skillfully in Nashville, TN, and are made of interlocking gold hoops with a 35mm drop. Citadel necklace is 14k gold filled with a beautiful airy chain. The tag can be personalized with your favorite name or phrase. With the Celine ring, your heart WILL go on to infinity. I love the simplicity of this shape which would look great on any finger.
In conclusion, its good to buy sustainable and ethically sourced jewelry when you can. Investing in beautiful, fairtrade gold to mark a special occasion or inexpensive pieces to pull your look together can be done with these great jewelry lines. While you are being eco-friendly, you are also helping people along the way. Purchasing with a conscious always wins!