2018 has been a big year from the sustainability standpoint. No longer does the word “eco” conveys stereotypes of garish looking clothing, lacking in style and craftsmanship- there is a crop of brands that take eco-fashion and eco-lifestyle products into a new stratosphere of desirability (and accessibility too)! This can be extended into jewellery. Earlier this year, luxury jewellery and watch brand Chopard and publicly announced that they will use 100 per cent ethical gold. This is a big step towards a big change. Enjoy shopping with a clear conscience! Here are some of our favourite sustainable, slow-made, ethically and transparently produced jewellery brands to pay attention. Our focus on this edition is Ethical Jewelry.
NIIN – Hong Kong-based brand Niin handcrafts nature’s treasures to create original jewellery and accessories, with sustainable and ethical practices at its core. Relying on natural materials, discover simple pieces of nature up-cycled into inspiring treasures, which are worn with love the world over. niinstyle.com
FLO JEWELLERY – reminding you of the infinite possibilities within, the beautifully symbolic pieces empower men and women by inspiring hope and positive energy. Handcrafted by skilled expert jewellers using 925 sterling silver, 18K rose or yellow gold, FLO JEWELLERY collections are dedicated to working with ethical, family-run businesses assuring quality, fair and sustainable production. flojewellery.com
KKLUE – launched in 2016, KKLUE brings fine jewellery with a focus on quality and craftsmanship at realistic prices. KKLUE works with emerging artisans around the globe, creating outstanding pieces that will make you shine. kklue.com
Lark & Berry – London-based diamond disruptors demi and fine jewellery brand is all about cultured diamonds (yes, they grow their stones). As an alternative to mined diamonds, minus the conflict- the jewellery is set in 14k and 18k gold. larkandberry.com
Phine – With its bold shapes and statements (we love the strong lines of the Feminist & Fierce collection), Swedish-born designer Elina Faurschou specializes in minimalist Scandi-inspired styles made with environmentally-friendly materials. phine.london
Sarah Zentz – a California-based designer that predominantly uses reclaimed redwood and 14k fair-mined gold to create some of her simple, ethical jewellery for the environmentally conscious wearer. sarahzentzjewelry.com
Tribes of Lamb – Ethically made in India, non-profit jewellery makers Tribes of Lamb offer silver jewellery with 100% proceeds that funds homes for HIV + kids.
Etta – A collection of one of a kind jewellery pieces. Individually sourced by the founder, nature’s finest such as shells and pearls are reworked into delicate pieces perfect for a relaxed seaside setting. etta-collective.com
Magdalena Paszkiewicz – Polish designer Magdalena Paszkiewicz creates jewellery which combines traditional jewellery art with the ideas of modern design. Her signature designs include linear lines and geometrical shapes. The brand uses solely reclaimed precious metals. Buy at wombhk.com
For more sustainable brands – check out Issue 16 of The Closeteur Magazine
Photos via Instagram of designer’s accounts.