The Best Sustainable Jewellery Brands
While we might be interested in becoming a more sustainable and conscious consumer, we often forget to make changes to our jewellery box. Do you know where your jewels came from? The environment in which they were made? Or even who made them?
A conscious jewellery brand is one that takes careful measures to ensure that their actions are sustainable as well as ethical, often working with artisans and tracing their supply chain every step of the way. Sustainability doesn’t make jewels any less beautiful or special – in fact, the ethical and sustainable element makes these products even more exceptional and worth investing in.
Here’s an easy guide to help you infuse your box with some unique pieces of sustainable jewellery; a selection of brands which will allow you to proudly wear your gorgeous adornments and know that the purchase was a sustainable and ethical one, with purely positive and pretty repercussions.
The Best Sustainable Jewellery Brands
Olivia & Pearl
Olivia & Pearl was born to reinvent the pearl into a modern day icon and redefine what it means to wear pearls today. The luminescent high-quality pearls seen in the gorgeous jewellery collection need an unspoiled marine environment to thrive in, with Olivia & Pearl aiming to protect and sustain the local ecosystems with the work they do. Only working with pearl farms that protect and maintain the natural habitat, conserve the biodiversity of the area and thrive to maintain transparent operating practices, the jewellery is also only produced in small quantities to ensure a sustainable process. oliviaandpearl.com
Pippa Small was the recipient of an MBE back in 2013 for her contribution to ethical jewellery. The craftspeople who create her jewellery are discovered and trained by Pippa during her travels to Kabul, Burma and Bolivia, and by training them in this sector, provides them with lifelong skills that will in turn, help them take care of themselves and their families. She also works with the charity Turquoise Mountain, which works to revive arts and crafts in war-torn countries. Her jewellery is sold on Matches and Net-A-Porter amongst independent retailers, as well as her stand-alone store in Notting Hill. pippasmall.com
Emma Aitchison Jewellery
The gold and silver Emma uses for her collections are 100% recyclable (where possible) and are also all Fairtrade. She works on a ‘made to order’ basis to combat overproduction, while her studio practices sustainability by ensuring materials are always recycled where possible – the lamps are even energy efficient. emmaaitchison.com
After completing a masters at Central St Martins in ethical jewellery, Arabel founded her eponymous brand selling jewellery which adheres to sustainable practices by finding and using only the most environmentally and culturally responsible sources. From fair mining to ethical sourcing, the brand helps to sustain individuals, communities, animal and marine life. arabellebrusan.com
Handcrafted by artisan makers in Laos, Article 22 is all about celebrating ‘positive transformations’. Their first collection called Peacebomb features beautiful peices made from Vietnam War shrapnel and other debris. Talk about recycling and turning something into a positive! article22.com
New York based jewellery brand Winden use recycled materials to create their collections. This means that as well as creating sleek, minimal pieces of jewellery (and hair accessories), the company is minimising its negative environmental impact. windenjewelry.com
A beautiful jewellery brand which has nothing to hide, Pascale James is wholeheartedly dedicated to following through on their ethical message. As opposed to mining silver – a process which includes mass energy usage, arsenic emissions, and often human rights abuses – Pascale James sources its silver from scrap jewellery, medical equipment and electronics. Where gold is involved, the luxury brand uses 18ct Fair-trade gold to ensure the highest standards of sustainability are met. If you’re looking for something extra special, the Pascale James bespoke service will bring your wildest jewellery dreams to life, again using either recycled or fair-trade gold with ethically sourced diamonds which go beyond the typical ’conflict free’ – or even cultivated diamonds; made above grounds, these are wholly sustainable and ethical. Every single piece has been carefully designed and lovingly made in their Battersea studio. Needless to say, all their boxes, businesses cards and postcards are produced using recycled and FSC certified materials. pascalejames.com
Boasting a wide selection of rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bands and custom-made designs, Bario Neal is a brand proud of its eco-friendly label. Its commitment to ethically sourcing is broken down into four categories; Fairmined Gold – any materials which aren’t recycled are certified Fairmined materials, extracted by small-scale miners; Reclaimed Metal – they primarily only use recycled materials helping to prevent 134,000 tonnes of metal earth from being extracted; Traceable Gemstones – their gemstones can be traced from mine to market, and Responsible Labour – each part of Bario Neal’s supply chain benefits from the company’s oath to support ‘happy and healthy working conditions’. bario-neal.com
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