Ethics & Sustainability

In the recent past we have seen subtle changes in the jewelry industry such as a greater focus on sustainability practices and ethics in the sourcing of stones and gems and raw material.

We’ve seen brands beginning to provide quality product at a non-inflated price due to the consolidation and increasing transparency of manufacturers.

We’ve seen a growing demand from customers for ethical, conflict-free stones, and material sourcing that isn’t causing damage to the environment.

We’ve seen the Human Rights Watch run campaigns for the fair treatment of workers and miners in the industry, and we’ve seen small jewelry designers opt for sustainable practices like using recycled silver and gold, as well as implementing philanthropic missions in their brand.

In the next years these small changes are going to come to a head – bigger jewelry brands such a Chopard, Tiffanys and Rolex are all making sustainability a priority. In the future sustainability isn’t going to be an additional component to any brand, but the central focus.

This blog focuses on sustainability trends and brands as well as the movement within the jewelry industry. The goal is to provide a consolidated and curated hub of information regarding jewelry brands in this movement.

All the brands recommended are carefully chosen and vetted. View the qualifications below to appear on the blog.

 

To be featured on the blog, jewelry brands must relate to one of the following categories

 

RECYCLED
The jewelry is made with recycled, scrap or reclaimed metals and materials.

ARTISANAL

The jewelry is made made in a traditional or non-mechanized way using techniques that are rooted in culture and tradition. Artisanal work supports tradition and one of a kind creations that go back to supporting the people who make them instead of contributing and investing in mass-production that often time has poor standards for originality, tradition and workers rights.

FAIR TRADE
Jewelry is made under fair wages and safe working conditions as certified by the World Fair Trade Organization. Using Fair Trade Gold, for example, ensures a stable income and future for the gold miners who excavated it.

CHARITABLE
Made with the intention of donating proceeds back to charitable organizations or funding a charity that the company runs itself.

CONFLICT FREE STONES 

Stones used do not finance rebel movements in war torn countries.

LAB GROWN 

Diamonds are grown in a lab, meaning they in no way are associated with corrupt financial backing.

 

 

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