Adorn yourself with stylish pieces that have a minimal environmental impact
As the focus on sustainability in the fashion industry continues to grow worldwide, we must also remember to talk about accessories—including how they were made and where they come from.
The good news? Thanks to jewellery designers who are committed to doing their part, we don’t have to sacrifice style in order to be eco-friendly. There are several brands that have made a dedicated effort to reduce their carbon footprint by using responsibly sourced materials, providing fair wages to workers, implementing traditional craftsmanship techniques and using recycled packaging to cut down on harmful waste. This means you can not only look good, but feel good wearing certain pieces, too.
Browse our top eight ethical jewellery brands perfect for daily wear or special occasions…
1. Era Design
Vancouver, B.C. designer Rosemary Bartram established Era Design in 2003 with the aim of creating high-quality, ethical pieces while preserving the art of fine craftsmanship. All of her designs are custom-made and hand-finished by local artisans in small batches using 50 to 100 percent recycled gold, as well as responsibly sourced conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. You’ll find plenty of fine jewellery here—everything from engagement rings to wedding bands, earrings and more—just don't be surprised if they're out of stock quick.
1. Foe & Dear
This eco-conscious brand uses recycled metals, fair-trade gold and conflict-free gemstones to create both timeless and minimalist pieces. Founded by Katherine Schlattman in 2009, Foe & Dear is a women-led business which has a strong mandate to give back to the community with one percent of all Foe & Dear sales going to an environmental non-profit organization each year.
3. Wild Fawn
Affordable and eco-conscious, Wild Fawn Jewellery believes in quality over quantity. All of the pieces are made to order at their South East London studio, and are perfect for daily wear. The silver and gold metals used won’t fade over time, are hypoallergenic, and adhere to the EU nickel directive. Not to mention, the packaging is recycled and comes ready for gift giving. Whether you’re looking for bracelets, ear cuffs, or rings, there’s a variety of accessories for everyone to love. Ships worldwide, excluding Switzerland.
4. Poppy Finch
Locally crafted in Vancouver, B.C., Poppy Finch creates modern jewelry using responsible and sustainable practices. The materials used are ethically sourced from trusted suppliers with strict quality control, including solid 14-karat and 18-karat recycled gold, freshwater pearls from China, Akoya saltwater pearls from Japan, conflict-free diamonds and coloured gemstones. You’ll find everyday essentials that will quickly become wardrobe favourites.
5. Raven + Lily
Inspired by nature and the environment, this jewellery brand is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and committed to responsible production. Raven + Lily is 100 percent women-led to make sure females get equal economic opportunities, and ensures a respectful working atmosphere, and uses sustainable materials to produce long-lasting designs. Plus, all of the packaging is made with either recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or zero-waste materials.
This Montreal, Quebec brand was started by Erica Bianchini in 2010 when she realized there was a lack of transparency about waste and pollution in the fine jewellery industry. Since then, Ecksand has been a leader in creating sustainable designs with earth-friendly materials. All of her jewellery is handcrafted locally in small batches in a low-emission atelier.
All of the products by Fair are created from recycling and upcycling materials to ensure a minimal impact on planet earth. The company also donates a certain amount of your order to the David Suzuki Foundation in its efforts to support research and action against climate change. From charms to demi-fine and fine jewellery, there's something for every minimalist to love.
8. Wolf Circus
Designed and handmade in Vancouver, B.C., Wolf Circus uses either recycled sterling silver or bronze coated in high-grade 14-karat gold plating. This brand thrives on making jewellery that is affordable and ethical with the aim of having something for everyone to wear on the daily.