25 Eco Jewelry Brands Making Stunning Pieces Out of Up-cycled Metals

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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 metals.

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.

P.S., The holidays are coming up. Maybe you'd like to treat yourself or a loved one to something? Or, maybe you could subtly but not subtly share this with the special someone you'd like to receive a gift from? ;)


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Wild Fawn Jewellery

Highlights: Made using recycled sterling silver and gold and a chemical-free process.
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Sustainable Jewelry Brand Artisan & Fox

Artisan & Fox

Highlights: Bold elegance; use of up-cycled metals; artisan made; sustainably supports artisan communities around the globe
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Eco Jewelry Brands Soko | Eco Fashion Guide by Conscious Fashion Collective

Soko

Highlights: Everyday elegance; up-cycled brass; artisan made in Kenya
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Wedding Jewelry Brands

Aili Jewelry

Highlights: Special occasion; recycled metals; conflict-free diamonds
Investment: $$$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Nisolo

Nisolo

Highlights: Everyday elegance; up-cycled brass; artisan made in Kenya
Investment: $

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Made

Made

Highlights: Modern simple and statement pieces; reclaimed brass and recycled materials; made in Kenya
Investment: $

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Pamela Love

Highlights: Uses almost all recycled metals; ethically sourced stones; made in NYC
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Namu

Namu

Highlights: Raw gemstones; eco-certified jewelry boxes; recycled or fairly mined metals
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands By Natalie Frigo

by Natalie Frigo

Highlights: Recycled metals and mindfully sourced gems; hand sculpted in NY
Investment: $$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Tinker Company

Tinker Company

Highlights: Geometric designs; up-cycled metals; made in New York to order
Investment: $$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Andrea Bonelli

Andrea Bonelli

Highlights: Exquisitely timeless; handmade in Las Vegas; recycled metals; special occasion; engagement
Investment: $$$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Bario Neal

Bario Neal

Highlights: Exquisitely timeless; reclaimed precious metals; traceable gemstones; special occasion; engagement
Investment: $$$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Lucy & Jo

Lucy & Jo

Highlights: Artsy, bold pieces; made in Kenya; use of some recycled metals
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Ananda Soul

Ananda Soul

Highlights: Decoratively spiritual; recycled metals; gives back to children in Bali
Investment: $$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Anueva

Anueva Jewelry

Highlights: Special occasion; bridal; recycled metals and gemstones; handmade in the USA
Investment: $$$$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Catori Life

Catori Life

Highlights: Spiritually inspired; recycled metals; handmade
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Odette

Odette NY

Highlights: Sculptural, artsy designs; made in NY; recycled silver
Investment: $$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Hovey Lee

Hovey Lee

Highlights: Boho-chic; 100% recycled metals; eclectic styles
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Linkouture

Linkouture

Highlights: Minimalist styles; circular motif; recycled silver based; recycled packaging
Investment: $$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Floios Jewelry Easy

Floios Jewelry

Highlights: Inspired by nature; recycled silver; real botanicals hand dipped in silver
Investment: $$

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Eco jewelry brands Caitlin Cimino

Caitlin Cimino

Highlights: Reclaimed metals; crystals mined by the designer herself; supports nonprofit Earth Works; upscale statement pieces
Investment: $$$$

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Eco Jewelry Brands Melissa Joy Manning

Melissa Joy Manning

Highlights: Exquisite elegance; special occasion; bridal; handmade in CA or NY; uses strictly recycled metals; recycled packaging
Investment: $$$$

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Sustainable Jewelry Brands Article 22

Article 22

Highlights: Simple, dainty, artsy styles; use of up-cycled metals from old weapons; handmade by artisans in Laos
Investment: $$$

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Eco Jewelry Brands Raven + Lily

Raven + Lily

Highlights: Simple, dainty styles; everyday elegance; use of up-cycled metals; handmade in Kenya
Investment: $$

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Eco Jewelry Brands The Giving Keys

The Giving Keys

Highlights: Use of re-purposed keys; provides employment for people transitioning out of homelessness; social enterprise
Investment: $

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