25 Eco Jewelry Brands Making Stunning Pieces Out of Up-cycled and fair-mined Metals
Sustainable Fashion is all about closing the loop - designing goods made with new materials that can be easily and fully recycled or biodegraded (minimizing other impacts, of course), while also maximizing the use of surplus, dead-stock, up-cycled and otherwise wasted materials.
Unlike plastic, which degrades in quality every time it gets recycled into something "new" (and will eventually become unrecyclable with current technology), metals generally can be reworked again and again without losing their quality. So to combat unethical mining, pollution from processing newly extracted metals and gemstones, and unsustainable rates of consumption of new resources, we're celebrating 25 conscious fashion brands making stunning jewelry out of reclaimed precious metals or ones mined with the strictest ethical and environmental standards.
Honestly, they look just as gorgeous (if not more!) as conventional jewelry.
And they're a true delight to accessorize with - you'd be able to wear these pieces proudly knowing their backstories of conservation, transformation, and empowerment, allowing you to feel beautiful and confident from the inside-out.
Note: Remember to make the most of everything you already own first, swap or borrow clothes from friends, browse through some of our favorite secondhand or consignment shops or thrift stores near you, then prioritize quality and durability over quantity with everything new you purchase!
Highlights: Guaranteed conflict-free lab-grown diamonds; recycled precious metals; funds One Tree Planted and The Greener Diamond Foundation
Highlights: Everyday elegance; up-cycled brass; artisan made in Kenya
Highlights: Fashion retailer that supports artisan-crafted jewelry and accessories; features various brands that use recycled metals or other conscious materials
Highlights: Raw gemstones; eco-certified jewelry boxes; recycled or fairly mined metals
by Natalie Frigo
Highlights: Recycled metals and mindfully sourced gems; hand sculpted in NY
Highlights: Modern simple and statement pieces; reclaimed brass and recycled materials; made in Kenya
Lucy & Jo
Highlights: Artsy, bold pieces; made in Kenya; use of some recycled metals
Highlights: Minimalist styles; circular motif; recycled silver based; recycled packaging
Highlights: Reclaimed metals; crystals mined by the designer herself; supports nonprofit Earth Works; upscale statement pieces
Highlights: Simple, dainty, artsy styles; use of up-cycled metals from old weapons; handmade by artisans in Laos
Raven + Lily
Highlights: Simple, dainty styles; everyday elegance; use of up-cycled metals; handmade in Kenya
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