Have you ever stopped to think about how your jewellery was made? Where did the materials come from? Where was it produced? Who’s hands has it touched? These are all questions you should be asking yourself if you want to make sure the jewellery you’re buying has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment they’re produced in.
“There is no such thing as clean gold, unless it’s recycled or vintage,” says Alan Septoff of the No Dirty Gold Campaign. Thankfully, Italian handmade pieces from VIERI are all ethically sourced and made of recycled gold. Owner Guya Merkle advocates the curation of beautiful jewellery that enhances not only the beauty of the wearer, but also the world. This vision birthed VIERI’s Earthbeat foundation, where 10% of overall profits are donated to carve a better future for goldmining communities.
Anna Loucah is a British-based designer who creates jewellery that celebrates colourful gems and interesting shapes, each inspired by her world travels. She places ethical provenance at the heart of what she does, which is why she was one of UK’s first Fairtrade gold license holders.
3. Lark & Berry
Luxury diamonds without the environmental expense. Lark & Berry utilises cultured diamonds, also known as lab-grown diamonds, in their modern designs. With their diamonds 100% traceable, you can rest assured that your jewellery was ethically made.
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4. Amado Gudek
Homegrown labels have also been making an effort to disrupt the jewellery scene. Amado Gudek specialises in sustainable jewellery and objects, all handcrafted and designed using eco-friendly bioresin and eco-materials in its Singapore atelier.
5. Choo Yilin
Jade pieces are deeply rooted in Asian tradition, but award-winning homegrown label Choo Yilin seamlessly blends modernity and classic designs into its jewellery for the women today and tomorrow. Choo sources her gems from small, artisanal mines and uses recycled silver and gold in her creations.
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6. Artisan and Fox
Artisan and Fox‘s thoughtfully curated marketplace comprises handcrafted jewellery, homeware and other fashion pieces from Mexico to Afghanistan – all created by artisans who lack access to global markets. When you purchase a trinket from Artisan and Fox, you shun sweatshop and inhumane production, and provide a fair wage to the artisans (a good 50% of profits make up their income).
7. PASCALE x JAMES
Jewellery inspired by nature, for nature. London brand PASCALE x JAMES shows their love for the environment not only in their organic sculptures but in everything they do. From using recycled metals and packaging to even reducing their carbon footprint by working with a renewable energy supplier, the brand has already planted the seed for your eco-friendly journey.
8. JEM – Jewellery Ethically Minded
Reveal your Parisian charm with Jewellery Ethically Minded (JEM). The French label creates classy, timeless and elegant pieces that elevate your look – just what you would expect from a Mademoiselle. Gold pieces from JEM are all traceable from mine to jewellery box, so you can be assured that they are 100% Fairmined gold. JEM’s diamond pieces are largely made of lab-made diamonds, which eliminates the possibility of unethical mining practices.
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