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The Ultimate Guide To 19 Ethical & Sustainable Jewelry Brands

The Ultimate Guide To 19 Ethical & Sustainable Jewelry Brands

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What we know is that jewelry is a beautiful gift that makes us feel special. But what most of us don’t know is that a lot of this pretty jewelry doesn’t look good for the environment and people. The mining industry harms our planet because the sourcing, mining, processing, and transportation of raw materials requires a lot of water, creates wasteland, and pollutes the environment. In addition, miners often work in undignified conditions and are exploited. The good news is that there are jewelry brands that are turning away from these practices and treat our planet and its people the way they deserve to be treated: like a gem! See the brands below to find your new favorite ethical & sustainable jewelry piece.

Ethics

Handcrafted by CLED, upcycled, Eco Gem™ quality, ethically sourced, recycled metals, Responsible Jewellery Council-certified, nickel-free, lead-free, cadmium-free

Product range

Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, hair accessoires

Price range

$50-$250 

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

When trash becomes treasure: In the U.S., less than 35% of glass bottles are recycled; the rest end up in landfills. CLED took this as an opportunity to recycle glass bottles from Los Angeles restaurants and turn them into stunning, handcrafted jewelry, each with a unique look and blended with 100% post-consumer recycled metals like sterling silver, brass, gold vermeil and gold-filled.

Ethics

Fairtrade, ethically-sourced and recycled materials, handmade

Product range

Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, anklets, custom orders

Price range

$90-$300

Based in

London, United Kingdom

Delivery to

Worldwide

London-based slow fashion brand Brigitta Studio creates contemporary, meaningful, and conceptual jewelry. Each piece tells a story inspired by ancient traditions and honors their culture and the environment. Brigitta uses recycled sterling silver whenever possible and blends it with 9k or 24k recycled gold. The materials are ethically sourced within the UK. All pieces at Brigitta Studio are handcrafted and are only finished after your order is placed – so allow 1-3 weeks for the piece to be shipped to you!

Ethics

Fairtrade, Oekogold, handcrafted, responsibly-sourced gemstones, Responsible Jewellery Council certified

Product range

Earrings, necklaces, rings, pendants

Price range

$430-$1900

Based in

Switzerland

Delivery to

Worldwide

Did you know that the Swiss Alps are home to beautiful gemstones that have been shaped and formed over millions of years? Designer Leni Adam uses high-quality gemstones such as rock crystals, smoky quartz, or amethysts, which she carefully sources from the Swiss Alps, and combines them with recycled precious metals. All of her pieces are handcrafted in the small town of Olten. Traditional classics with a playful, modern twist.

Ethics

Fairtrade, upcycled, recycled, handmade, Responsible Jewellery Council certified, post-consumer recycled gems and diamonds

Product range

Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, body jewelry

Price range

$64-$585

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Founder Larada was born in Thailand and as a little girl, she would spend hours collecting shells and other treasures she found by the sea. Soon she discovered her love for pearls – and her passion to make ocean-inspired jewelry. Made in the heart of Los Angeles, Washed Ashore uses recycled gold and silver, post-consumer recycled stones and diamonds. Larada also wishes to raise awareness of ocean conservancy and marine life by upcycling abalone shells and using natural and rare saltwater pearls, making Washed Ashore jewelry one of a kind.

Ethics

Fairtrade, handmade, vegan, recycled, give back, plastic-free

Product range

Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants

Price range

$500-$2200

Based in

Germany

Delivery to

EU-countries, Switzerland, and Norway

Maren Jewelry does not only reflect the beauty of our planet but is also in harmony with it. For her timelessly beautiful pieces, designer and founder Helge Maren combines mindful love, luxury, and nature by using recycled 18-karat gold, 925 silver, and lab-grown eco-diamonds only. And she doesn’t start making them until after your order is placed!

Ethics

Fairtrade, Fairmined™ Gold, traceable, lab-grown diamonds

Product range

Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches

Price range

$300-$10.000

Based in

Paris, France

Delivery to

Europe

Based out of Paris, JEM combines ethical awareness with French simplicity and truly outstanding architectural shapes. Each piece is ethically handcrafted from Fairmined™ Gold and lab-grown diamonds using traditional techniques in one of the most renowned jeweler’s workshops located in the heart of the Vosges Mountains in France. Thanks to a trackable serial number, every item can be traced back to its origins. Magnifique!

 

Ethics

Fairtrade, recycled silver

Product range

Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings

Price range

$85-$300

Based in

Finland

Delivery to

Worldwide

TUOHI Jewelry stands out by its futuristic yet timeless shapes. Meant to last you forever, all pieces are made from 100% recycled silver from responsible sources, mainly in Scandinavia. The sustainable jewelry is carefully handcrafted by goldsmiths in Finland who work under safe and fair conditions.

Ethics

Artisan-made, recycled Sterling Silver, gives back, 1% for the Planet member

Product range

Saint pendants, necklaces, earrings, charms, chains, bracelets

Price range

$89-$189

Based in

New Zealand & Bali

Delivery to

Worldwide

Luna & Rose produces beautiful jewellery in a completely closed loop production. Using Recycled Sterling Silver &  9kt Gold for their artisan crafted designs, they also have their Golden Giveback Project where customers can send in old Silver & Gold to be recycled for vouchers. Luna & Rose is designed in New Zealand and lovingly produced in Bali where the brand has a beautiful island store. The mission is to create a jewelry line that is produced in an ethical & sustainable way to leave as little footprint on the planet as possible.

Ethics

Handcrafted by Laura Estrada, latinx-owned, recycled materials

Product range

Earrings, necklace, rings, faux piercings, hair-, face-, and head pieces, ear to ear chains

Price range

$78-$278

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Combining traditional metal-smithing with modern design, artist Laura Estrada creates original sustainable jewelry from recycled brass and sterling silver in her Los Angeles studio. To create her extraordinary earrings, mystic rings, and beautiful necklaces, the artist melds organic shapes and textures inspired by nature. Each piece is uniquely handmade and develops a natural patina over time which gives your jewelry a special touch.

Ethics

Fairtrade, FSC-certified, recycled materials, sustainably-mined

Product range

Earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants

Price range

 $70-$2000

Based in

Europe

Delivery to

Worldwide

Inspired by the romantic, yet the melancholic universe of past American poet Emily Dickinson, the Scandinavian brand KINRADEN designs minimalistic, classic jewelry using recycled 18-carat gold and 925 sterling silver. KINRADEN is known for their responsibly sourced signature blackwood diamonds sourced from African blackwood, also called Mpingo. These beautiful black diamonds are kind to nature and people.

Ethics

Ethical and local manufacturing, 100% post-consumer recycled metals, recycled diamonds, traceable responsibly sourced gemstones, handcrafted, gives back

Product range

Rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets

Price range

$295-$5400

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

When vintage charm meets contemporary details: JH creates heirloom pieces that are meant to keep forever. Like a meaningful talisman that you have a personal connection with and that becomes a part of your story. Each piece is individually handcrafted by artisans in Los Angeles. 

Ethics

Fairtrade, gives back, 1% for the Planet, unisex, Global Services-certified

Product range

Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, body jewelry

Price range

$225-$1550

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Rebecca Mapes (former Winden Jewelry) creates timeless and sustainable jewelry with a vintage look that is crafted mostly from recycled materials. From 100% natural unaltered gemstones to recycled 14k gold selected from responsible sources in the U.S., Rebecca chooses her materials and suppliers with equally conscious thought. 

Ethics

Fairtrade, 100% SCS Global Services-certified, unisex

Product range

Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, chains

Price range

$98-$198

Based in

New York, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Odette designs their pieces in Brooklyn and casts and manufactures locally in New York City via small family-run businesses. Materials used include brass, bronze recycled sterling silver, and 14k gold. Odette is currently in the process of finding a new method to recycle brass. Among the inspiring women who wear Odette are Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, and Paloma Elsesser.

Ethics

Fairtrade gold and recycled sterling silver, conflict-free diamonds, lab grown diamonds

Product range

Earrings, rings, pendants, bangles, cuffs, chokers

Price range

$95-$20.000

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

Designer couple Antonia Pascale and Christopher James get inspired by nature and art when creating their distinctive-looking sustainable jewelry with a sculptural aesthetic. All pieces are sustainably handcrafted in London using only the finest recycled solid precious metals that are fairly obtained. Their eco-friendly antique ring boxes are really cool.

FOE & DEAR

Ethics | Fairtrade, handmade, recycled materials, conflict-free, gives back, 1% for the Planet, woman-led, inclusive, made-to-order

Product Range | Earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, necklaces

Price Range | $20-$295

Based In: Vancouver, Canada.

Delivery To: Canada, USA

The ethical and sustainable jewelry brand from Canada uses recycled metals, fair-trade gold, and conflict-free gemstones to create one-of-a-kind pieces. From simple to cute and romantic – you can find something for each taste in their dreamy collection. Inclusion and diversity are a great value at Foe & Dear. Their team is made up of a variety of backgrounds/ethnicities. You can also create your own personal Foe & Dear ring here. Handmade in Vancouver, Canada. P.S.: All pieces are made to order!

WEBSITE: FOEANDDEAR.COM

NORRFOLKS

Ethics | Fairtrade 100% recycled, lab-grown diamonds, handmade

Product Range | Earrings, rings, necklaces

Price Range | $115 – $950

Based In: Stockholm, Sweden

Delivery To: Worldwide

As Europe’s first fine sustainable jewelry brand using 100% recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds, Norrfolks is a real pioneer. The diamonds come from Europe’s largest lab-grown diamonds supplier, located in Antwerp, Belgium. The gold is reclaimed from post-consumer waste. We love their super simple pieces that go well with anything; a cocktail dress or jeans and t-shirt. Ethically handcrafted by Alfonso, a third-generation manufacturer in Spain.

WEBSITE: NORRFOLKS.COM

SOPHIE MONET

Ethics | Fairtrade, handmade, eco-friendly

Product Range | Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings

Price Range | $80-$450

Based In: Los Angeles, USA

Delivery To: Worldwide

Get that California look: Sophie Monet brings natural elements into different contexts by creating sustainable jewelry using ethically sourced wood, precious stones, and metals. She draws inspiration from the rich landscape of Venice, California. All of the wood is hand-shaped using unique and rare materials which give each piece its own identity.

WEBSITE: SOPHIEMONETJEWELRY.COM

VANESSA LIANNE

Ethics | Handcrafted by Vanessa Lianne Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), handmade, 100% recycled metals, responsibly sourced gemstones

Product Range | Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets

Price Range | $98-$3400

Based In: New York, USA

Delivery To: Worldwide

Vanessa Lianne is a trained goldsmith who hand forges each of her jewelry pieces in her Brooklyn studio. We think her sustainable jewelry looks imperfectly perfect with the colorful gemstones. She only uses 100% recycled metals, all-natural stones from ethical sources, and diamonds sourced from vendors that align with the Kimberly process.

WEBSITE: VANESSALIANNE.COM

DOUZE

Ethics | Fairtrade, recycled metals, carefully sourced gemstones

Product Range | Earrings, piercings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants

Price Range | $75-$1400

Douze designs modern sustainable jewelry made from ethical, recycled 18-karat gold with carefully selected gemstones. All collections are made in workshops in France and named after the women who inspire designer Hermine. Get creative: Douze Paris also invites you to create your own ideal piece of jewelry – follow the steps here.

Based In: Paris, France

Delivery To: Europe

WEBSITE: DOUZE-PARIS.FR

ECO ALPHABET LABEL —

Brands that are marked with the ECO ALPHABET label have signed the ECO ALPHABET Statement of Assurance which confirms that their collection meets the social, ethical and environmental standards defined in the ECO ALPHABET Code of Conduct. The brand must publicly and transparently declare this compliance on their respective brand profile and is listed in the ECO ALPHABET Brand Directory.
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