What is sustainable jewelry?
Jewelry designers around the world continue to make new strides in the realms of the best sustainable practices, some of these include a consciously led supply chain, the use of recycled diamonds, metal scraps, fair trade gold or other forms of repurposed materials. Additionally, reselling vintage jewelry or the use of eco-friendly packaging are also some of the ethical and sustainable practices individuals strive to be more mindful of the planet.
As a community that consists of creators, designers, and entrepreneurs that are paving the way for sustainable elegance, we've picked a few that belong in your jewelry box.
The use of recycled metals
One trait that is synonymous with sustainable jewelry is the use of recycled materials such as recycled gold, recycled sterling silver, and more.
Jewelry designs that use recycled metals are not in any way scrimping on quality, as fine metals that come from recycled sources are exactly the same as newly mined metals, so you don't have to worry about making a compromise.
Spanish label Mimoke, one of the first high-end sustainable jewellers in the South of Europe, handcrafts sustainable and timeless high-end jewelry pieces with lab-grown diamonds and recycled gold. Backed by scientific innovation, their offerings meet the highest standard in both sustainability certifications and diamond quality.
Jewelry with sustainability certifications
One way to ensure the sustainability of jewelry pieces is to look for jewelry certifications. Among which, the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) is considered the world's leading standard for sustainable jewelry. It outlines points such as the rights of employees, the health and safety of local communities, and the implementation of responsible supply chains as part of its code of practice. Jewelry designers such as RÊVER and Scéona, are proud members of RJC.
Discover Sustainable Jewelry Designers
Founded by Portuguese-born, London-based Matilde Faria Mourinho Felix, Matilde is a woman-led jeweler created for women. Taking inspiration from Matilde’s home country of Portugal and fusing it with her love of nature, astronomy, and mythology, each organic form embraces a perfectly imperfect aesthetic and is made using 100% recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds.
Loyal.e Paris founder Maïssa set out to place authenticity, responsibility, and inclusivity at the forefront of decision-making. The label also believes in being "Loyal.e to yourself" – encouraging its fanbase to invest in unique lab-grown diamond creations on their own. Maïssa celebrates gender-free styles that make a statement regarding design, further underpinning the label's liberated, convention-breaking ethos.
Combining ambition, technology, and a dash of romance inevitably leads one to ponder the mysteries of the universe. Mystical in its vast unknown and aspirational in human’s never-ending endeavor to discover more, the Celestial Bodies collection highlights this juxtaposition in a dazzling array of jewelry.
Inspired by the glamour of vintage jewels and admiration for bolder silhouettes, Loev's house style explores past and present and enjoys challenging notions of femininity and masculinity in their unisex collections – a nod to modern icons of empowerment.
Italian for ‘in the balance’, from design and production to packaging, balance is at the core of Inbilico's philosophy. Using only lab-grown diamonds for their designs, INBILICO is putting people and the planet first through its unwavering commitment to sustainability.
A fusion of craftsmanship, fair practices, and contemporary yet timeless design, Monarc epitomizes the future of jewelry. Founded by New Zealand-born former model Ella Drake, the London-based designer combines her education from GIA with the time-honored talents of her team of master goldsmiths, who expertly craft each piece.
Alondra is a London-based jewelry brand founded by Laura Chavez. The label is the sister jewelry line to Lark & Berry, and the name Alondra means “Lark” in Spanish. The range was born from the desire to offer modern customers jewelry that is as accessible as it is luxury. The result is contemporary yet edgy pieces underpinned by a playful spirit, which aligns harmoniously with Chavez’s philosophy to embrace a life filled with fun.