When you think about living a more environmentally conscious life, the first thing that comes to mind to change is often the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the products you use, right? But what about those forever pieces of jewelry that you invest in hoping to never take off? Spoiler alert: Although the jewelry industry as a whole can take a pretty heavy toll on the environment (causing erosion, waste, and releasing harmful chemicals into the atmosphere), if you choose your pieces consciously, from the right brands, they can be niceAhem to the planet too.
People have worn jewelry for over 75,000 years and will continue to do so for many years to come, so knowing where to shop is important to limit your environmental impact. When it comes to sustainable jewelry, there are a few questions to ask before you buy. Where are the parts made? Who makes them? How are the working conditions? Are the materials used recycled or ethically sourced? Is this a durable piece that I will use forever or will I end up cycling it out of my rotation pretty quickly? And when it comes to waste, how is the brand’s environmental footprint? The following brands value ethical working conditions, reduced carbon emissions, and transparency to help you shine without stress.
Scroll on for some gorgeous, eco-friendly jewelry that you can (responsibly) add to your collection.
The best organic jewelry brands
Awe Inspired Athena Necklace — $185.00
This gold necklace perfectly walks the line between minimalist and statement. You can choose from eight different chain options to keep it simple or add a pop of color to the look. The Athena pendant is powerful, while the gold finish makes it ideal to combine with other options or wear alone. Ethically sourced materials are DEP and FLA certified, and 20 percent of proceeds go to help women in need around the world.
Common Alloy Clip & Rope Chain Necklace — $200.00
This two-piece set can be layered or worn individually. The necklaces are made of 18K gold vermeil and are made from partially recycled materials. The brand is family owned, uses fair labor practices, and only sources materials from conflict-free regions. The best part is that due to the simple design and durable craftsmanship, these pieces will be in your collection forever.
Kinraden Mini Doric Earring (one piece) — $149.00
This handmade (one piece) earring is made from pure recycled sterling silver. It’s easy to wear and match with any other part of your headset, and the structural design makes it stand out from the rest of your collection. The brand’s mission statement emphasizes that they are “in business to create lasting beauty and make a positive impact on this wonderful planet of ours.”
Annele Rosealicious Ring — $240.00
If you’re looking to add a fun pop of color to your jewelry collection, Annele has you covered. The brand specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces featuring fruits, flowers and original designs, and is perfect for when you need to spice things up and dress up with a statement piece. Annele seeks to embrace nature and protect it through “slow fashion principles such as locally sourced materials, craft production, and fairness for both consumers and producers.”
Show the Love Unisex Hakuna Matata Necklace — $118.00
Hakuna in Swahili roughly translates to “there are no here” and Matata translates to “trouble”. Combine them and you get a tight meaning of “no problem here”. This pendant is perfect for both men and women to help get rid of any and all worries and concerns. And yes, if you loved Disney The Lion King As you grow older, you may appreciate this necklace even more. The pieces are made from recycled metals, fair trade precious and semi-precious stones, and all gold-plated pieces are nickel-free. Plus, all packaging and printed materials are made in the USA from FSC-certified, recycled, post-consumer waste, and chlorine-free paper. The brand also donates the majority of its profits to environmental and humanitarian causes, each one specific to the piece you buy!
Brilliant Earth Hydrangea Earrings — $390.00
These cluster earrings redefine sparkle! They come in three different color options and two metal options, so you can add a pop of bright color to any look. All precious metals are recycled and gemstones are ethically sourced, so you can wear this pair without worrying about environmental impact.
Gemist Pavé Mini Huggies — $299.00
This classic huggie style with pavé is a staple in any jewelry collection. They’re perfect for wearing in your main piercing, but they’re also dainty enough to pair with other earrings in your second or third (or sixth!) hole. The brand uses sustainably sourced materials and guarantees fair wages and working conditions for all its suppliers.
Curious Creatures Gemme Necklace — $586.00
You can’t go wrong with the classics. This timeless necklace is elegant, delicate and sure to sparkle when it catches the light. The piece is the perfect subtle statement that you won’t want to take off, and because of the added finish, it will retain its shine for a long time so you don’t have to. The best part is that the materials are all so pure, wearing the piece all day and night won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.
Amyo Engravable Curb Chain Ring — $45.00
Who doesn’t love a little customization? This dainty ring is minimalist, easy to stack and can be personalized, making it the perfect gift for a loved one (or yourself!). The piece is delicate, ethically produced and handmade to limit waste.
Ashok Leaf Earrings with Darling Love — $99.00
Stand out from the crowd with these unique earrings that look like a leaf wrapping around your ear. The Ashok leaf is said to bring health and attract happiness and prosperity. It represents love, beauty, and elegance, and these earrings are classy! The brand also prioritizes the use of recycled and organic materials, and helping to increase the income of vulnerable families. It also plants a tree with each order.
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