Enhancing your charm through beautifully crafted, fine and sophisticated accessories should be effortless. And we recommend choosing to wear ethical jewellery from brands that make the experience more meaningful and the story of a piece much more real.
To help you pursue the noble mission to be fashionable while embracing ethical and sustainable accessory marques — recycled, upcycled, vintage, fairly traded and organic — we enlist in here 14 ethical jewellery brands that you should never miss.
Note – These brands carry the values we at EWP likewise live with: ethical materials/sourcing/production and sustainability.
1. Misuzi Jewellery
Offering free delivery within Australia, Misuzi collections of fine, delicate yet exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings are irresistible. Who could say no to these effortlessly styled jewels that will not only enhance your charm but are also great means to use local raw materials and bring out your creative side through its custom-made jewels. Imagine wearing exactly what you like – priceless! Also ships internationally.
2. Cred Jewellery
Known for its ethical and fair trade practice in the business, Cred Jewellery offers a range of quality lockets, earrings, pendant necklaces, rings, cufflinks and bangles. Each jewel is a certified “Cred” (Creating Responsible Ethical Designs) masterpiece that exemplifies the brand’s deep commitment to being the ethical pioneer in the jewellery industry since 1996. Ships internationally.
3. One Happy Leaf
Owner-designer Anna is devoted to creating products that don’t harm the world despite living in a consumer-driven world. Buying “beautifully styled, authentically you and environmentally conscious” jewellery from One Happy Leaf, you get to support its sustainability advocacy and making using their pieces to make a statement as to how you want to see the world. All jewellery is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified bamboo. Ships internationally.
4. YCL Jewels
More than just a jewellery, YCL boasts its being a cruelty-free, vegan and ethical brand. Its handmade collections are sophisticated yet mindful, modern and minimalist by nature – trying to bring out the style-savvy side of each wearer. Free Australian shipping, for all orders of $48 AUD & over. FREE International shipping for orders over $200 AUD.
5. Kaleidoscope Global
Specialising in sourcing unique, hand crafted, fashion accessories from diverse communities around the world for the Australian market, Kaleidoscope brings you beautiful, handmade pieces that likewise tell a story of the people and culture from where it was created. Passionate about increasing awareness about fair trade and sustainable fashion, the brand supports artisans to strengthen their communities and their design traditions through fair trade efforts. International shipping. Free shipping within Australia.
Stunning colourful crochet cuffs, charms and chains are embellished with mixed Swarovski crystals, pearls and semi-precious stones with gold plated trims. All Tilly’s collections possess a spirited, adventurous and passionate soul that can give each fella a balanced yet alluring appeal and charisma. International shipping. Free shipping within Australia.
7. A Silver Circle
A Silver Circle Bangles, brooches, cufflinks, earrings, necklaces and rings are all designed and meticulously made by hand by Corinne in her studio based in Sydney’s Inner West. She likewise believes that through deconstruction, recycling and reinventing materials, there is always a room to discover new qualities in gems and give them a new language. International shipping available.
8. Alexa Milne Jewellery
Recognized by the Midlands Fashion Award 2016 as the Best Accessory Designer of the Year 2016 and in appreciation of its excellence in the fashion industry, this contemporary brand utilises eco silver such as recycled sterling silver and lives up to its “not just a label” mantra. Over the years, it has aimed to reflect timeless fashion and style rather than set trends but best of all, the jewellery tells a uniquely handcrafted a story in every single piece. Commissions welcome. International shipping.
9. Zefyr Jewels
This eco glam jewellery label based in Sydney offers different feminine and distinctive collections of carefully handmade from recycled brass and lovingly plated with 18ct gold or sterling silver jewels and accentuated by eco-glass crystals. Designer, Tanya Coelho, is inspired by nature, archaeology, art and even her travel adventures. International shipping. Free deliveries within Australia.
10. Article 22
The creative minds behind this brand produce fine-looking designs and meaningful collections that tell unknown stories of artisans in forgotten or off-the-beaten-track places. Committed to practicing ethical and fair trade standards, Article 22 highlights the transformation of negative into positive narratives – leaving a lasting impact. Ships internationally.
11. Faire Collection
This social enterprise was founded by Amanda Judge to bring sustainable change to disadvantaged communities in South America. Interested shoppers can explore its collections at Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Free People or online. Handcrafted by talented artisans in South America. To learn more about the brand visit www.shopfaire.com.
12. The Giving Keys
This Los Angeles-based social enterprise wishes to spread sincere messages of hope, strength, dream and courage around the globe through ordinary keys, etched with words of love, hope and motivation. And what makes the brand more interesting is they encourage the generosity of the wearer – that each key should be passed around the world to people who need a little inspiration. Ships internationally.
13. Starfish Project
This jewellery brand is handcrafted by women who have been rescued from exploitation and abuse. The business sprouted in 2007 to provide alternative sources of income for the women in the shelter. Each beautifully handmade jewel is a symbol of restoration for the women who made it. International shipping available.
14. Raven + Lily
Raven + Lily is an impactful social enterprise and fashion label employing women around the globe. The brand currently employs women artisans in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA – all at fair trade wages which helps them towards a more sustainable life for their families. Made by hand, its jewellery collections are not just unique and refined but also honor its eco-friendly commitment. International shipping available.
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