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The Best Sustainable Jewellery Brands

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Sartorial decisions cast an environmental shadow and as we move forward, we must ensure we’re making sustainable choices when it comes to consumerism. Start with your jewellery collection and opt for brands that make ethical and eco-friendly production choices, utilise recycled materials…and look great doing it. Shop our edit of eco-friendly and sustainable jewellery brands. 

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The Best Sustainable Jewellery Brands

Olivia & Pearl

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

Loveness Lee

Loveness Lee Soleil Recycled Silver Earrings

Loveness Lee has a beautiful recycled silver collection, as well as using gorgeous sustainable packaging. It is on a path to becoming a fully sustainable brand, with a goal to use recycled silver across all collections. Going forward, all castings will be made in recycled silver, with a badge across the site highlighting which pieces already fit the bill. lovenesslee.com

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Märta Larsson

Märta Larsson

After training as a ballet dancer and performing as lead singer in a London-based rock band, Märta Larsson turned her hand to fashion, founding a sustainable brand of the same name in 2013. Described as “natural art with an attitude” and taking inspiration from Lapland’s natural landscape (where Larsson was raised), the label’s jewellery selection – from unique clear quartz rings to elegant gold vermeil necklaces – is crafted with raw stones, in which only those guaranteed for use are bought. As stated on the website, “we work locally in small production runs, and use no excessive plastics, we make no wasteful journeys, we don’t burn toxics and almost all packaging is made from recycled materials.” Want to ensure that your jewellery’s journey home is also as eco-friendly as possible? Märta Larsson has joined forces with DHL to ensure that every delivery will have its carbon footprint offset by the international courier. martalarsson.com

Pippa Small

Pippa Small

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

Emma Aitchison Jewellery

The gold and silver Emma uses for her collections are 100 per cent 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

Arabel Lebrusan

Arabel Lebrusan

After completing a Masters Degree 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

Susan Caplan Vintage

Susan Caplan vintage Chanel necklace

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Vintage jewellery is a renewable resource. “Sustainability has always been at the forefront of our brand consciousness” says Susan on her website. “The fashion industry is one of the prime suspects of polluting our planet and we want to advocate sustainability by giving jewellery from the past a new lease of life.” The brand also uses recycled and recyclable materials for packaging and shipping. Pictured: vintage Chanel necklace, £1,575. susancaplan.co.uk

Article 22

Best sustainable jewellery brands: Article 22

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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

Winden

Winden

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

Pascale James

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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 of the brand’s boxes, businesses cards and postcards are produced using recycled and FSC certified materials. pascalejames.com

Bario Neal

Bario Neal

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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