Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique. —Jennie Kwon
Style-wise, there’s nothing like feeling like you’ve come into your own. My personal style has evolved quite a bit in recent years.
And I must admit my confidence has grown and evolved as well.
I say this because when I was in college, my personal style was very colorful, loud, and made a statement.
Now, as an adult, my style is neutral, sometimes edgy, always with a feminine touch, and very classic.
Looking back, I laugh at how my outfits looked but cry at the many mistakes I made as well. I hadn’t realized that having too much of a colorful wardrobe required more precious time to put an outfit together.
As glad as I am that I had fun exploring my personal style, I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t invest in my wardrobe sooner, especially with jewelry.
MY JEWELRY EXPERIENCE
Aside from a foundational wardrobe, I wish I had invested in everyday jewelry like diamond studs, dainty rings, and delicate yet layering necklaces. Well, I’m making up for lost time now.
As I try to live more intentionally, it’s been so fun to discover brands with integrity and a mission to help better our world. However, before we dive into today’s post, let’s talk about ethical jewelry.
WHAT IS ETHICAL JEWELRY?
Long story short, ethical jewelry is the practice of producing jewelry that does not pollute or affect the environment in a bad way. Additionally, the process of making jewelry also has no negative impact on the people who make it.
Brands that make jewelry ethically are ones that use best practices where you can trace materials back to the source. This is to make sure they use conflict-free diamonds and keep fair trade in mind. Part of the process can include using synthetic diamonds and/or recycled materials such as gemstones.
In terms of people, ethical business practices also involve not using child labor and ensuring fair wages/working hours.
That said, I’m thrilled to share with you seven modern everyday, and ethical jewelry brands I have discovered and love if you’re on the market for anything sparkly.
If you’re looking for barely-there, well-made, and ethical jewelry, AUrate is a brand I’d look to for modern, everyday pieces. AUrate only uses 100% recycled gold. Additionally, they track every single diamond from mine to the workshop and strictly follow the Kimberly Process. AUrate also supports student literacy in New York. For every purchase made, AUrate puts a book directly in the hands of a child who needs it.
The respect I have for this brand just increased. So much so that I ordered my second stackable ring and I’m sure it won’t be my last!
Anna Sheffield’s collection doesn’t fit the boho style you’d find when searching ‘ethical jewelry’. And I love that as I’m partial to modern jewelry! I mean, have you seen a pinky ring this beautiful? What’s better is that they care about their business’ impact on our planet. And that speaks volumes to me.
Anna Sheffield is committed to sustainability, ethical production, and responsible practices. Gem sourcing and using recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds is just the surface of the brand’s deep ethics.
I have heard so much about Mejuri within this last year. And after checking out their brand, I had to include them in this post. Their pieces are absolutely beautiful and fairly priced. Mejuri only uses high-quality, socially responsible diamonds sourced from suppliers who follow ethical practices.
Lark & Barry is on the higher end in terms of pricing. Prices range from just under $280 to a little over $4,000. The process they use results in less waste, water loss, and less impact on the environment.
Additionally, they also ensure all stones are conflict-free with an entirely trackable origin.
Noemie is very high-end in terms of pricing, but they have what you need. From everyday jewelry to sustainable fine jewelry for those special moments in life, they’ve got you covered!
I love that Noemie has high standards in searching for ethically sourced stones. On top of that, they choose to adhere to the Kimberly Process as well.
Go Rings originally started as a way to fundraise for a mission trip to 11 countries.
I think it’s awesome that 30% of each purchase “goes to individuals & organizations who partner with us monthly, raising money to go do good.”
I had to include Vrai, a beautiful sustainable jewelry company, that makes fine jewelry and sustainably-created engagement rings. Check out part of this statement on their website, “Our diamonds are traceable, transparently priced, and without the human and environmental toll of mining.”
Personally, I’m very partial to their 6-diamond ear climber, which is an earring style I’m a huge fan of!
I hope this list helps narrow down the search for those of you who are looking for modern and ethical everyday jewelry!
What´s your favorite ethical jewelry brand?
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