Sustainable jewellery brands
This page contains constantly updated up-to-date information on how the brands represented with us are implementing their sustainability policies. We have already talked about what really are sustainable practices in the jewelry industry, and what are just marketing statements (well, or greenwashing). In case you missed it, here is the article at the link.
Let’s start with the most important. There are no absolutely sustainable jewelry brands. Ethics, environmental friendliness, sustainability – this is a process, this is the path that many brands are now taking.
Amadeus is proud to have been recertified as a B Corp™ since February 2022. While becoming a B Corp was a significant achievement for the brand, their dedication to sustainability has been an integral part of their business since its founding. Their guiding commitments to People, Environment, and Product have driven their pursuit of sustainability. By becoming a certified B Corp, Amadeus Jewelry has reaffirmed their commitment to these principles and has joined a global community of like-minded businesses that share their values. This connection allows them to learn from others and collaborate to achieve their shared sustainability goals, creating a stronger, more sustainable future for all.
2/ Annika Inez
Annika says, “We work with small jewellers and artisans located in New York City, who make each piece by hand, and an overseas factory comprising a small workforce of artisans and designers. To ensure that our jewelry is as durable as it is beautiful, we use only high-quality materials with integrity. Our materials are sourced from the finest suppliers, who insist on the highest quality. Each gemstone is handpicked and carefully set. Our advanced technology ensures that our precious metals are sound and reliable.”
Maria Leonidopoulou, Designer and Founder of Bonvo, says, “As a Greek designer I have always in mind the word ethos while designing and searching for new materials & techniques.
Bonvo in haitian creole means valuable & that mutual respect for handcrafted objects lay particular emphasis on timeless and highest quality, brought our team together.
Crafted out of recycled 925 sterling silver & 14ct solid gold, all our jewelry are made in house with precision, using a combination of new and older techniques, supported by the best local artisans. We are choosing partners that always offer a safe work environment and fair work contracts to their employees. Our recent packaging is also 100% recycled and we are always trying to choose carbon-neutral shipping options.”
4/ Celeste Starre
Andraya Kenton, Designer and Founder of Celeste Starre says: “I am really passionate about the environment, and we have worked tirelessly to make as many moves as possible to become as sustainable as we can. We are planting a tree for every piece of jewellery we create. Our packaging is all designed to be reusable as well as totally recyclable.
We are also soon launching hand made pieces put together by fairly paid female artisans in Bali. These talented women are able to work from home whilst taking care of their families.”
5/ Hermina Athens
All jewellery is handmade by Greek craftsmen. Now the brand is collaborating with several jewellers whose workshops are located right next to the Hermina studio in Athens.
Konstantina Pantelous – Hermina Athens Founder/Designer says, “Our philosophy at Hermina is to create jewelry to be passed on from elders to youngers. From mothers to daughters like a precious heirloom. This is why we only use silver and not brass. Silver can be cleaned at home using very easy techniques that anyone can find online. We have also created an Instagram guide regarding this. Finally, trying to be as responsible and sustainable as possible we always recycle any silver elements or pieces in order to use silver and make new jewelry! It feels very soothing to give birth to something new from something old.”
6/ Jenny Bird
For Jenny Bird, it is very important that the products are sourced and manufactured in a responsible way. The company’s professionals are strict about being socially conscious in all aspects of business, and demand this from all of their business partners. Brand manufacture it’s jewellery in Qingdao, China, in the province of Shandong, south-east of Beijing. This is a hub for fashion jewelry production, with many of the best brands in the world choosing the city’s factories for their superior technology and skill in brass-based jewelry production. Jenny Bird invests in annual audits with factory. The audit determines if the factory regards environmental safety (including hazardous waste disposal handling procedures), Ethical Trade Initiative (working conditions, living wages, no child labor and so on) base code and compliance with local laws.
Brand directs 1% of all sales to organizations that uplift women from its fund, the Possibilities Project. In 2022, they donated $113,000 from sales to various causes on behalf of Jenny Bird team and community, surpassing our goal of doubling last year’s contributions.
7/ Les Meres
Les Meres specializes in crafting exquisite Pearl Jewelry Treasures, meticulously handmade in both the Netherlands and Bali. These beautiful pieces feature freshwater pearls sourced from a family-run ‘pearl farm’ in the picturesque town of Shanxiahu, China, ensuring utmost quality and sustainability.
Embracing the uniqueness of each pearl, Les Meres creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that holds a timeless allure, designed to be cherished for a lifetime. As a remarkable slow-fashion brand, their focus on top-quality craftsmanship means their creations are destined to be adored for years to come, unaffected by fleeting trends. Rest assured, these pearls will forever maintain their relevance and significance.
“All of the packaging that we use is made out of recycled paper and there is pretty much no plastic included in any of the packing. All of the jewellery we make is from recycled metals, so it is recycled silver and recycled bronze. In terms of our team we are all local with everything therefore, locally produced. We house our craftsmen and therefore we are not working with larger factories so everything is produced sustainably in our studio. It is hard to calculate our carbon footprint as our setup is rather small. However, generally in terms of the materials that we use everything is recycled and reused. It is certainly our aim to be completely plastic free by next year as we are only currently using a very small amount of plastic here and there, for example, we have previously used ziplocks for samples etc. but again these are reused as well. We have no doubt that we will be able to achieve our goal of being entirely plastic free next year.“
Nayestones, a jewelry brand driven by sustainability, is meticulously crafted in Antwerp by a team of dedicated goldsmiths and artisans. Antwerp’s rich history in the diamond trade and tradition of craftsmanship align perfectly with Nayestones’ quest for quality.
Natalie Schayes, the designer, places immense value on personalization and ethical practices. Each piece is tailored to the customer’s desires, from stone selection to gold color, reflecting a commitment to reducing waste and celebrating individuality.
Nayestones’ jewelry pieces are not just stunning but also eco-friendly. The brand utilizes 14K and 18K repurposed gold, minimizing the demand for new resources. Natural gemstones are thoughtfully chosen, and recycled diamonds are preferred whenever feasible, maintaining quality without the need for new mining.
With Nayestones, sustainable luxury is a reality, and their jewelry embodies a harmonious blend of personalization and ethical responsibility, showcasing a brighter and more responsible future for the jewelry industry.
10/ Olivia Dar
Olivia says “We are committed to sustainability and source material locally, recycle fabrics and upcycle vintage embroidered clothing sourced from Central Asia.
Our atelier is located inside an urban village within New Delhi. We provide a safe and comfortable workspace for our artisans to practice their craft, and every Olivia Dar piece is finely and carefully crafted in our studio. As a woman-owned and run company, we are especially attuned to creating a safe and supportive work environment for our female employees.”
11/ Paola Sighinolfi
Each piece is handcrafted by Paola Siginolfi artisans in their workshops and all materials are ethically and thoughtfully sourced.
The key idea of Rockah. brand is a philosophy of “slow fashion”. Each year the company makes only one collection, giving priority to the eco-friendliness of its products. With such a pace of production, a design that avoids a lot of waste, and a small volume of collections, the rockah. team is trying to reduce the amount of waste that pollutes the environment.
The brand uses materials obtained from environmentally friendly sources or that are suitable for reuse, and supports local experts.
Shyla, the jewellery brand with a conscience, is dedicated to creating beautiful pieces that make a positive impact in the world. With production workshops in both Birmingham and India, founder Alice Blofeld personally ensures that every item is crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail.
But Shyla’s commitment to sustainability and ethical business practices goes beyond its own operations. By partnering with small charities in India, the brand is empowering some of the world’s most vulnerable women by teaching them valuable skills that allow them to support and sustain their families. And with a focus on recycled gold and silver and eco-friendly packaging, Shyla is leading the way in sustainable fashion that’s both beautiful and responsible.
Driven by a team of visionary women who believe in the power of sisterhood and uplifting one another, Shyla is more than just a jewellery brand – it’s a movement that’s changing the world, one piece at a time.
We love Shyla for its perfect quality with a reasonable price. The brand adheres to the philosophy of slow fashion: all jewelry is out of trend, with a very thick gold plating, and therefore created to be worn for a very long time.