All that glitters: Gorgeous gold jewellery brands that make good gifts
Who doesn't want to discover something gold and glittering under the tree this Christmas? We've partnered with Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery on this list of fabulous, ethical gold pieces that you'll love forever.
Mon 12 Nov 2018
Ethical jewellery has come along way in the last few years, with an explosion of jewellery designers working with recycled metals, Fairmined gold, ethically sourced gems and a move back to handmade eco-friendly processes.
We've trawled our networks, with some help from Harriet Kelsall, award-winning jewellery designer, the Chair of the National Association of Jewellers and non-executive director for the Responsible Jewellery Council, to discover the prettiest, most purposeful gold jewellery for Christmas.
Kelsall explains the approach she takes to ensure style and provenance for each piece she makes:
“We don’t call ourselves ‘ethical’ jewellers but we have always been passionate about improving how we work and influencing the wider jewellery industry to do the same. People come to us because they want a beautiful piece of jewellery; when they discover that it could be made in Fairtrade or recycled metal, using ethically sourced gemstones this is just an added bonus”.
Scroll down for 9 gorgeous gold jewellery pieces that look good and do good. And it's easy to share the feature if you're looking to drop some hints...
Earrings, Little By Little, £65
These clever minimal navy and gold (for an riff on the 80s combo) earrings from Little By Little come apart to form two different pairs, so you feel like you've doubled your money. Little By Little focus on a transparent, sustainable supply chain with everything made in Peru by a fair trade factory, using recycled silver and eco-certified metals.
Bracelet, Emma Aitchison, £130
British jewellery designer Emma Aitchison consistently creates incredible ethical pieces and this hot magmatic bangle has been inspired by the power of volcanos. It's made of recycled brass and ethically sourced gems that feel like magma in the molten freeform shape. Distinctive and delightful.
Signet ring, Harriet Kelsall, £495
Award-winning jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall takes on the classic signet ring with this Fairtrade 9 carat rose gold version. A clean profile with a kite shaped face updates the signet ring with a minimal, geometric take on the shape and the ring can be made in any size.
Empowerment pendant, Hargreaves Stockholm, £1,395
Power up your wardrobe with this fab nod to our runic past, where symbols were carved into objects to empower them with strength. Swedish ethical jewellery brand Hargreaves Stockholm has created a whole range of empowerment pendants using Fairmined gold. This is the wisdom symbol, because who doesn't want to feel wise?
Drop earrings, Aurum, £126
Icelandic ethical jewellery brand, Aurum, puts forward collections inspired by the country's unique landscape. These sand earrings are made from recycled sterling silver, plated gold and artificial pearls and reflect the breathtaking beaches of the Westfjords.
Orbit of the Sun necklace, RAW Copenhagen, £69
RAW Copenhagen are a fantastic affordable brand for ethical jewellery lovers. This gorgeous large Orbit of the Sun necklace combines Scandi, minimal style and our love of battered metal. A gold plated Sterling silver circle pendant with an 18 or 30 inch chain. 10% of profits support sustainable development projects. A great go to for everyday jewellery that does good.
Circle studs, Stockholm Rose, £115
Back on the hammered metal trend, these fabulous solid gold circle studs are from ethical jewellery designer Stockholm Rose. Handmade in Sweden, this is 9 carat recycled gold that's crafted into circles using eco friendly processes and tools and are even wrapped in acid-free tissue paper.
Paisley pendant, Harriet Kelsall, £625
Move away from minimalism and towards the arts and crafts movement with this Paisley inspired pendant from Harriet Kelsall. Made from ethically mined, Fairtrade 9 carat gold that has a warm autumnal feel and hangs on a 16 inch chain. There are also earrings to make a stunning set.
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