All that glitters: Gorgeous gold jewellery brands that make good gifts

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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.

Georgina Wilson-Powell 12 November 2018

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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...

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Ethical jewellery and Fairtrade gold earrings

Sapphire studs, Harriet Kelsall, £1,595

Want something really special this Christmas? Harriet Kelsall's knockout sapphire and 18 carat Fairtrade gold studs will wow anyone. Each stud holds a 5mm trilliant cut blue sapphire for a classic but modern cut that will catch the light anywhere. 


Ethical jewellery - gold earrings

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.


Ethical jewellery designer Emma Aitchison bangle

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.


Harriet Kelsall ethical jewellery ring

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.


Ethical jewellery hargeaves Stockholm pendant

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?


Ethical jewellery earrings Aurum

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.


Ethical jewellery - RAW Copenghagen

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.


solid gold circle studs are from ethical jewellery designer Stockholm Rose​.

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. 


Ethical jewellery Harriet Kelsall

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.


Ethical jewellery and Fairtrade gold earrings

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Sapphire studs, Harriet Kelsall, £1,595

Want something really special this Christmas? Harriet Kelsall's knockout sapphire and 18 carat Fairtrade gold studs will wow anyone. Each stud holds a 5mm trilliant cut blue sapphire for a classic but modern cut that will catch the light anywhere. 


Ethical jewellery - gold earrings

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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.


Ethical jewellery designer Emma Aitchison bangle

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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.


Harriet Kelsall ethical jewellery ring

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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.


Ethical jewellery hargeaves Stockholm pendant

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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?


Ethical jewellery earrings Aurum

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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.


Ethical jewellery - RAW Copenghagen

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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.


solid gold circle studs are from ethical jewellery designer Stockholm Rose​.

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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. 


Ethical jewellery Harriet Kelsall

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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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