Jewelry can be the perfect gift, but it can be really hard picking something out that someone will actually wear (and not just when you are around!) If you don’t know where to begin, we are here to help: Check out these 9 beautiful pieces from jewelers who put ethics and sustainability first.
This unisex chain is so on trend RN and made in small batches in New York City. Odette works with artisans and family run businesses within the local community for their casting and manufacturing and to maintain a small environmental footprint.
Made by hand in her Austin studio, this bracelet is modern and artistic– as designer Jennifer Rodgers draws inspiration largely from art, objects, architecture, textiles, and natural forms. Choose between recycled brass or recycled sterling silver!
This is not your usual necktie- the silk fabric is beautifully interrupted by a brass pendant for a pop of shine. And it can also be worn as a wristlet, so two for one!
Jewelry by MANHAL is usually named in Arabic, giving each piece a special message. The Maraya Ring, Maraya meaning ‘mirrors’ in Arabic, is an elegant gold double-faced ring that flips to hide or reveal one side. The artisanal style of this jewelry embraces the importance of slower, more intentional lifestyles.
These chunky hoops are perfect for someone who loves a pop of color. (Plus, they come in 14 colors to choose from!) The cellulose acetate and bio-acetate the company sources are natural and renewable materials, providing an eco-friendly alternative to other commonly used materials.
This ring is simple enough for everyday wear, however still unique. All the sterling silver used is sourced responsibly, ethically mined, or recycled.
L.Greenwalt is also a low waste company that uses all biodegradable materials and reuses excess and scrap materials. All their jewelry is vegan and cruelty-free.
Change up the same old classic hoop a bit while staying just as timeless in style. The woman-owned company makes all their products in small intentional batches. In fact most jewelry is made to order to ensure nothing is overproduced causing unnecessary waste.
The metals used in Salt + Still jewelry are all recycled sterling silver, 14k gold fill and bronze, and are 100% nickel free.
This chain necklace is handcrafted in Kenya from recycled brass using traditional artisan techniques. The drop-shaped charm is minimalist and charming. It can be worn with the toggle-front closure loose or as a choker style.
The Talon Ring has a unique aesthetic that would make a great addition to anyone’s jewelry box! The ring is created with 100% upcycled brass from discarded taps, padlocks and old coins that would have otherwise ended up in the junkyard. Every Talon Ring is handmade by Sylvester, an artisan prater of Obakki located in the heart of Nairobi. Obakki is a huge supporter of slow design, traditional artistry, and sustainability overall, definitely check them out!
Made to flow like the movements of the body, the WIGGLE earrings are a fun and abstract option if you are looking for unique jewelry. The WIGGLE earring is literally one-of-a-kind, every pair is unique and made to order! The earrings are formed by hand using responsibly sources sterling silver. Oddish uses materials sources from an Australian mill that gathers scraps from jewelers and other sources, so these earrings are super sustainable and ethical!
The Jamaican Ackee Coin Necklace is a simple and elegant piece that can easily be paired with other necklaces for layering. The necklace is handcrafted from an authentic Jamaican coin using the traditional lost-wax casting technique. It is individually handmade to order from fair trade African gold and conflict-free fine metals. Because it is made-to-order, you can choose what kind of metal or material you want based on your price range!
The Treasured Agate Pendant Necklace is a sustainable and high-quality necklace that comes in a range of beautiful bright colors. The necklace is handcrafted in Thailand using recycled metals and upcycled genuine stones. You can choose between 14K gold and sterling silver.
Named after the Italian seaside village of Cinque Terre, the Cinqueterre Anklet is a playful piece made of multi-colored beads. The anklets are handcrafted from found, reused, upcycled, and natural materials. The materials and beads are on-of-a-kind so no two pieces are the same. SVNR (pronounced souvenir) offers this design in three different versions: anklets, necklaces, and bracelets so you have several options!
The artisanal crafted Meteorite Cuff is an elegant and stylish bracelet inspired by space and the night sky. Every cuff is on-of-a-kind, handcrafted from semi-precious stones and upcycled brass in Kenya. The amber stones are cut and hand-polished by artisans in an Ethiopian women-led studio.
The Navajo Made Rainbow Naja Ring is a super fun and colorful piece that you probably would not find in your friend’s jewelry box! The ring is a traditional Naja (crescent) design made with sterling silver and rainbow-colored genuine stones. It is handcrafted by the indigenous artist Mary Jane Garcia in New Mexico. 4KINSHIP is a Diné (Navajo) owned sustainable artwear brand dedicated to producing handmade, one-of-a-kind, repurposed and upcycled, artisanal and small batch products like the Rainbow Naja Ring.
The sustainable Lindsey Cuff has a natural large heart cut out in the middle and is finished with a bark texture. The cuff was made ethically in a woman-owned factory in the United States and cast in 100% recycled brass. It is totally chic, and because it can be plated in 14K gold or sterling silver, it is the perfect accessory for any outfit!
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