Jewellery makes the perfect gift at any time of year, but especially at Christmas.
But not all jewellery brands are good for the planet. Ethical jewellery designers however are thinking – and reducing – their impact on the environment.
Ethical jewellery can be a broad meaning term but your future pieces should encompass some of the below.
- Recycled gold or silver are used
- Gold is traceable and/or Fairtrade mined
- Gemstones can be traced back to their mines and are conflict and salvery free
- Diamonds are conflict free or are lab grown
- Handmade by artisans
- Donates profits or revenue to charities, artisan groups like indigenous people who might own the mine or land where precious metals and stones are found
- Supports conservation or various enviromental causes
- Uses recyclable or recycled packaging
- Long lasting and made for life rather than a season
Check out some of our favourite ethical jewellery brands for this Christmas below.
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Ethical Jewellery: 5 Of The Best Brands For Christmas Gifts
1. Gardens Of The Sun
Gardens Of The Sun are trailblazers in responsible sourcing for ethical jewellery. They are the first and only jewellery brand in Indonesia who can trace their gold and know who mines it.
They partner with female artisanal miners in Indonesian Borneo. What these indigenous Dayak women love most is knowing where their gold ends up. They take pride in knowing they provide the raw materials for engagement rings and wedding bands all over the world.
They also use recycled silver and gemstones that can be traced back to their country of origin.
We love their beautiful minimal shapes and gemstone focused simplicity. These are rings to show off and stack. Considering the ethical standards and style the range starts at an affordable level.
pebble verdict: We love the commitment to transparency and positive impact from Gardens Of The Sun. Plus the fact you can shop by gemstone and intention.
Mejuri’s modern everyday ethical jewellery is made from recycled gold and all of its materials are ethically sourced.
40% of gold pieces are made with certified recycled gold and the brand has committed to ensuring that 100% of it is fully traceable.
Mejuri has also established the Mejuri Empowerment Fund in support of under-represented women and non-binary people. Mejuri is about empowering women to treat themselves and not wait to be treated.
We love their dainty necklaces, which can be mixed and matched and layered as you see fit.
pebble verdict: It’s great to see a fine jewellery brand committed to increasing their transparency. Start with a small piece like stud earrings and build up your collection.
3. Life Less Ordinary
Not all ethical jewellery for women – or men – has to be full on fine jewellery. Life Less Ordinary create fabulous ethically sourced bracelets, anklets and necklaces that are made using tagua nuts.
Each can inscribed with coordinates that are special to you – you can also get couple’s matching versions – or the bracelets inscribed with handwritten reminders, dates or even an in-joke.
Tagua is a type of seed and known as vegan ivory, while the ethical jewellery is made in the UK, in Brighton.
10% of the profits of your purchase will also go to Life Less Ordinary charity partners (Indigo Volunteers) so you’re giving more than once this Christmas!
pebble verdict: If you’re looking for something unique but long-lasting and hardwearing that will remind you of good times or a special person, then we love Life Less Ordinary. This small Brighton label wear their heart on their sleeve – or their wrist!
4. Lebrusan Studio
All precious metals and gemstones used at Lebrusan Studio are sustainably and ethically sourced and include conflict free diamonds and traceable gemstones.
We love their incredible filigree gold and silver earrings which feel like waterfalls from your ears. The filigree jewellery collection supports artisans in small Spanish towns where jewellery-making is a valued craft that’s passed down from one generation to the next.
pebble verdict: It’s fantastic to see the artisans behind the precious metals and stones on Lebrusan Studio’s website. If you want to see how jewellery is made, definitely take a look.
5. Bluebell Lane Jewellery
Suffolk based ethical jewellery designer Ruth Lea is behind Bluebell Lane Jewellery and this gorgeous concentric circles necklace.
She makes her handmade ethical jewellery in her workshop, and uses recycled sterling silver to create textured simple pieces that are less trend led and more treasure forever.
From simple bangles to hammered triangle earrings, Bluebell Lane Jewellery makes affordable pieces for sustainable jewellery lovers.
pebble verdict: If you want to buy ethical jewellery in the UK, we love supporting independent craftspeople like Bluebell Lane.