Who doesn’t want a bit of bling under their Christmas tree? We love a fab piece of jewellery as much as the next person but it’s really important that we stop stripping the world of precious metals just so we can shine on a night out.
Lucky for us help is at hand from some special companies making jewellery out of sustainable materials, sometimes reusing bits of pre-loved jewellery or simply making it out of other non-conventional materials.
We’ve also intentionally chosen pieces that are under £200 so flex that payment card and dive in!
SECRET T-BAR GOLD NECKLACE
Handmade – Fair Trade – Plastic Free
The Secret T-Bar Amulet has been carefully crafted by a small team of marginalised artisans displaced from West Bengal, who have found sustainable livelihoods through their skill in making beautiful pieces like these.
They are proudly certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation.
Each piece comes packaged in a soft organic pouch, which has been lovingly made by some of Jaipur’s most vulnerable women, who are bettering their lives through the income from the block printing, tassel making and stitching of these very pouches. No two are the same, each one beautiful in its imperfections.
£169, from Loft & Daughter
MULTI-BEAD LAYERED NECKALCE
Handmade – Social Enterprise
This vibrant layered necklace is all you need for a pop of colour. There’s a few styles but this bright blue can pretty much be teamed up with most outfits. Crafted from the offcuts of sari scarves, this blue zero waste necklace features silk wrapped beads with adjustable tie-backs that simply tie in a bow.
Each necklace is handcrafted by artisans from a social enterprise in India that supports communities who benefit from a living wage, safe and flexible working hours, good working conditions and training.
£59, from Jewelled Buddha
GOLD BIRDSONG OPEN CHARM RING
Handmade – Recycled – Living Wage Employer
Sophie from Birdsong founded the business based on experiences of working with marginalised women in the UK.
They are an ethical and sustainable fashion brand, but first and foremost they are a social enterprise.
We here at Ethical Hour HQ pretty much want everything in their collection but – pushed to pick – we are coveting this pretty little open gold signet ring complete with adorable, reconstituted pearl. Love.
£42, from birdsong
Handmade – Upcycled – Zero Waste
Readorn.london are an ethical and sustainably driven jewellery brand, with jewellery is made from upcycled materials salvaged from jewellery boxes like yours.
They are working hard to bring upcycled materials to the forefront of fashion jewellery by creating stylish eclectic pieces for eco conscious fashion lovers and the freshwater pearls in this bracelet are left over from a bridal collection! Definitely something to tweet about (wink).
£50, from Readorn.london
Ethically Made – Supports Artisans In Malawi
Njoka has partnered with social enterprise YEWO, to bring you beautiful, responsibly made jewellery from northern Malawi. ‘Njoko’ means ‘snake’ in Tumbuka, the language of Northern Malawi. These unique and original earrings will definitely make a statement.
Each unique piece is made by hand solar-powered workshop in Malawi. No two pieces are identical, giving your loved one a truly one-of-a-kind gift this year.
£35, from Mayamiko
Organic – Handmade – Zero Waste
Our pals at Where Does It Come From? hate anything to be wasted so they commissioned an accessory specialist to make some ethical flower brooches using the left-over bits and bobs from their denim children’s clothes collection.
All the fabrics used are hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven by ethically run co-operatives plus the dyes and the processes used are kind to the environment.
Each brooch comes with a traceability code. This means you can find out how the fabrics were created and meet some of the people involved.
STATEMENT CIRCLE STUDS – LAGOON
Hand Made – Transformed Plastic Bottle Tops
Each pair of YagoEco jewellery is unique – a functional art piece made from transformed plastic bottle tops from East London. Big, statement, earrings are back, and this Lagoon set have us dreaming of beach clubs and sunset parties.
Check out the rest of the collection too as there are plenty of different styles, each one with its own story.
Hand Made – Social Impact
The vision and mission of Kipato unbranded is about helping artists improve their livelihoods, and use their talents, skills, and creativity on a platform that assures them a fair wage that they can use to transform themselves and their communities.
We love the part of their website where you can meet Elijah, Ojiko and Andrew, the wonderful makers behind the jewellery. There are loads of cool bits to chose from but we are digging this simple cube design ring.
£9.95, (KSh 1,400), from Kipato Unbranded
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