CASTLECLIFF have created a unique way to shop for luxe, yet responsible costume jewellery and statement pieces. Their pieces are a mix of bold modern shapes and colours effortlessly blended with the best vintage forms the 1940’s to 1970’s had to offer. You can shop for reclaimed deadstock pieces that have been polished back to life in their New York Studio, or browse through their range of collected pieces from all over the world. For the best of both worlds, pick up a piece from their crafted range which combines modern, handmade new jewellery with reclaimed gems and stones.
Upcycling with style to reduce waste: The cruelty-free, ethical & sustainable jewelry brand CLED was founded out of love for animals, the environment and beautiful things. All of their pieces are handmade in Los Angeles with recycled glass and sterling silver and are one of a kind. From beginning to end of the production process, CLED ensures that materials are fully used, without being discarded. Jewelry is packaged in plastic-free paper boxes made with recycled contents and environmentally friendly inks, designed to be reusable or recyclable. We love their bold earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings of which each of them will add a special touch to your outfit. Every piece is made to order. A portion of profits is donated to charity.
CrazyClage is a quirky jewellery design studio which takes unwanted and undervalued materials and turns them into beautiful, contemporary jewellery. They have found a passion for the endless possibilities that arise from seeing the beauty in what others might consider to be “waste”. Their chic pieces always have an underlying sustainable twist. Whether this be from an upcycled tin can or hand crafted recycled waste wood. Combine this with precious, recycled metals and gemstones and you have a beautiful combination of old and new. All leading you back to their story of sustainability and preservation of handcrafting techniques.
Eden Diodati is, to its core, ethical. Women artisans who survived the Rwandan genocide craft the hand-beaded pieces. With centuries of artisanal heritage backing them, the women have an impressive collective knowledge and skill level. Eden Diodati’s four principles are: Art & Collaboration, Ethical Manufacturing, Wearable Philanthropy, and Beauty Through Compassion. In addition to employing a marginalized group of African artisans, Eden Diodati donates 10% of dividends to Médecins sans Frontières, which recognises the need to address human fragility on a global scale. By proving that brands can be both exquisitely crafted and ethically made, Eden Diodati is changing the landscape of luxury jewelry.
EDGE OF EMBER
Embodying the golden rule, Edge of Ember vows to treat their artisans and the planet as they themselves would like to be treated. This includes the following respectful practices: healthy working conditions, absolutely no child labor, advanced payments that exceed the local living wage, and using sustainable raw materials whenever possible. Edge of Ember designs pieces in London and employs artisans in India, Nepal, Indonesia, and Thailand to create them. Due to the fair wages, these skilled workers can practice their trade without worrying about getting replaced by mass production factories. With an ethos grounded in social responsibility, Edge of Ember is able to take a stand against the fast fashion industry.
HIITU is all about spreading good vibes through their unique, handmade jewelry, accessories, and clothing. Founders (and sisters) Carlotta and Rosalie scour the globe for the most skilled artisans and craftsmen to collaborate with on their small collections. Through their collections, they share their love and passion for cultures from different corners of the world. The sisters work with skilled artisans to create fashion-forward pieces that celebrate tradition and local materials. Materials that are high quality and responsibly-sourced so you can continue to spread the HIITU good vibes for many years to come.
JEM stands for “Jewellery Ethically Minded.” Their philosophy reads like art itself, extending the symbolic beauty of jewelry to reflect on the way in which we view the earth’s creations. Based out of Paris, JEM aims to combine their ethical awareness with the ever so French simplicity of design. JEM’s gold is certified “Fairmined,” guaranteeing that it is ethically sourced from mines working to adopt sustainable habits. The first French jeweler to be labeled as such, JEM hopes to inspire transparency in the jewelry industry. Every piece bears a trackable serial number that can be traced to the material’s origins. JEM is currently searching for a solution to diamond traceability before including this precious stone into their collections in order to ensure complete fairness in their production model.
Another jeweler taking a stand against the traditional diamond industry, Kinraden uses only FSC certified Mpingo, also known as African Blackwood, in place of the stone due to its striking resemblance to black diamonds. Mpingo is extremely tough and hard and reflects a beautiful stark black color, hence its similarity to diamonds. Often used to manufacture acoustic stringed instruments, it is a plant found in the dry regions of Africa. The pieces of mpingo Kinraden sources are too small to be used in the production of anything else. This initiative to limit manufacturing waste is not just sustainable for the environment, but helps locals to improve their own living conditions as well.
Kind Jewellery was founded by artist Tansy Haak in London after a wild, wandering adventure through Europe, India & Sri Lanka. The idea behind her jewelry collection is to create pieces for everyone, for every age, gender and style. The signature pieces are inspired by the asian spirituality and landscape and are influenced by the modern Europe. All pieces are 100% handmade in London to support the local jewelry economy. The natural materials like silver and gold are responsibly sourced and environmentally conscious. The jewelry will be delivered in an eco-friendly jewellery box.
LARK & BERRY
Pure, precious and beautiful: we all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But they can also be pretty dirty. Conflict diamonds lead to war and human exploitation. If dirtily mined, they also have a negative impact on landscapes and the environment. Unlike leading jewellery houses, the sustainable luxury jewellery brand Lark & Berry wishes to make a positive effect on the planet and its people by creating cultured diamonds and gemstones. Using innovative lab technology, they are magically made of the exact same way the earth creates diamonds – with the only difference that they are 100% conflict-free and produce less water, less emissions and less waste. And less is definitely more: super rare in nature, Lark & Berry creates the purest category Type IIa!
Founder Elise Lindqvist started Norrfolks to create high quality jewelry inspired by Scandinavian minimalism. After having worked in the jewelry industry for years, Lindqvist was frustrated with the low quality and lack of transparency in the fast fashion world. A key factor in sustainability is to make durable products which is why Norrfolks stays away from platings or fillings. Keeping in line with their sustainable model, Norrfolks only uses 14k solid gold so you can wear their fine jewelry everyday. The gold is 100% recycled and certified through LBMA and CFSI to ensure that the gold comes from conflict-free zones and never from mines. All Norrfolks’ pieces are handcrafted in Spain under ethical working conditions and come in yellow, rose, and white 14k solid gold.
Odette designs their pieces in Brooklyn and casts and manufactures locally in New York City via small family run businesses. Materials used include sterling silver, 14k gold, brass, and bronze. The sterling silver and 14k gold are made from 100% SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) certified recycled metals. Odette is currently in the process of finding a new method to recycle brass. Additionally, Odette uses only recycled packaging. Seasonal digital lookbooks show the inspiration behind the designs, giving you plenty of ideas for how to wear your ethical trendy pieces.
OR DU MONDE
OR DU MONDE is on a mission to provide us with beautiful gems of the earth that have been ethically and sustainably sourced. As many of us know, the majority of diamonds and other precious gems are mined under horrendous human rights violations. OR DU MONDE know exactly where their gemstones have come from, and who has removed them from the earth. They also use recycled metals such as recycled gold for all of their jewellery. “There is enough gold […] on the planet to meet the needs of the jewellery industry for the next 50 years”- which is a crazy statement. OR DU MONDE has given us a Parisian-made, ethical alternative so we can still sparkle when the time is right.
PASCALE & JAMES
London brand PASCALE x JAMES is focused on quality of product, fairness to their workers, and responsibility to the environment. The latter includes the following steps to minimize their own carbon footprint: using a renewable energy supplier for their gas and electric, keeping unnecessary travel to a minimum (and use green alternatives when possible), and routinely check in with their suppliers to re-evaluate their eco-credentials. PASCALE x JAMES understands the importance to do more beyond these conscious choices to affect the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, PASCAL x JAMES has decided to pay a voluntary carbon tax to advance the use of renewables.
If only we could wear a mini terrarium with real Tillandsia plants around our neck. Or tiny leaves and flowers from the woods as necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Oh, wait, we can! PLANTETHICS is an ethical, conscious, vegan and sustainable brand creating handmade jewelry and home accessories in Budapest, Hungary. Founder Barbara Denes wishes to bring humans closer to nature. Explore their unique designs made with little leaves or tiny flowers and Tiffany glass, fallen branches and twigs found after heavy storms or real Tillandsia plants (be prepared to water them once a week!). Custom made jewelry is available too!
SOKO is a San Francisco-based jewelry brand which was founded by Gwendolyn, Catherine, and Ella in Nairobi, Kenya. They provide customers with handmade and ethical jewelry at an accessible price. Soko works with artisan entrepreneurs from around the world to build their businesses, improve production capacity, and increase their income sustainably. Soko supports them because the artisan craft sector is the second largest employer in the developing world and at the same time the one of the marginalized. Millions of talented artisans are trapped in micro-economies as they are limited to local sales and do not earn enough for their families. All artisans use eco-friendly materials, such as recycled brass and reclaimed cow horn.
Boho-chic is back in a big way with Sophie Monet. The namesake brand handcrafts original and forward-thinking trendy pieces in Venice, California from ethically sourced wood. Reviews show that customers find Sophie Monet ideal for everyday wear due to the balance of statement-making sizes with the subtle, casual look from the use of wood. Each piece has its own identity as all of the wood is hand-shaped using unique and rare materials. Using sustainable materials wherever possible, Sophie Monet captures the beauty of nature and effortlessly turns it into California-cool fashion accessories.
UMIWI is a sustainable accessory & jewelry brand from Berlin. All pieces are made from 100% recyclable materials, including unique mango wood earrings, colorful glass pearl necklaces or recycled silver creoles in different shapes. We particularly love the drop-shaped earrings made from recycled silver & gold and which are the symbol of UMIWI’s CLEANWaterCampaign. With this campaign CEO and founder, Dorothea Schrimpe wants to promote free access to clean drinking water and plastic-free oceans. Because even the smallest drops can contribute to a big change. Each UMIWI item is handcrafted under fair working conditions by women who come from difficult life situations, social organizations and small mountain tribes in Thailand, Mexico, and India.
Vanessa Lianne Jewelry studied Art History and Philosophy as well as jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and founded her own jewelry line in 2012. Her designs are inspired by the primitive grace of the natural world and the innovative aesthetics of contemporary design. The designs include both contrasts, the rustic industrial design as well as a fine delicate elegance. Vanessa creates each piece in her Brooklyn-based studio and you can see and feel it in every single piece of her jewelry. She only uses sustainable and ethically sourced materials.
As a little girl, Larada would spend hours collecting shells and other treasures she found by the sea. When an oyster shell with a pearl washed ashore to her one day, she discovered her love for pearls – and her passion to make ocean-inspired jewelry. Made in the heart of Los Angeles, Washed Ashore wishes to raise awareness of ocean conservancy and marine life by using sustainable and innovative techniques to make their seashell and pearl accessories. Unlike most manufacturers, Larada wants to give back to the ocean and celebrates the often overlooked imperfect beauty of cultured pearls. Take a unique piece of the ocean with you, wherever you go!
Winden creates jewelry that is dainty yet super-cool (see: “Boss” necklace), crafted mostly from recycled materials. A list of all materials and their origins can be found on the website since transparency is key for Winden. From 100% natural unaltered Oregon Sunstones to recycled gold chains selected from an NYC-based family business, Winden chooses their materials and suppliers with equally conscious thought. Committed to supporting other small businesses, the uncomplicated pieces create a feel-good confidence one can adorn with pride. As such, Winden pieces feel intimate and cared for – and who doesn’t want a little extra love in their jewelry?
YCL Jewels has you – and your chakras(!) – covered for whatever occasion. Their timeless gold and silver earrings, necklaces, rings and feature crystals specifically chosen to support your body’s natural energy. YCL Jewels’ award-winning pieces have been specially designed to align with the body’s chakras and compliment your natural beauty. All of their pieces are consciously made in small batches both in Australia and overseas by skilled artisans. All pieces are cruelty free and YCL Jewels does not use any animal products in their jewellery or packaging. You can shop for ready-made pieces or even have your very own treasure made-to-order.