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The great guide for fair and sustainable jewelry

A much requested article is now finally online: A guide for fairly produced and sustainable jewelry. Another eco-guide that should make it easier for you to switch to a (fancy) eco-life.
I almost always wear the same jewelry and a new piece is rarely added to the collection. And if I do, then only if I am absolutely sure that I really love the piece. My personal jewelry, which I will present to you elsewhere, shouldn't be the topic today. I would like to introduce you to brands that not only produce fairly, but also sustainably. As with fashion, the term “fair” is very flexible when it comes to jewelry. Much of the jewelry you can buy is neither fair nor sustainable. However, many pieces of jewelry are produced under fair conditions, but not made from sustainable materials. So the piece was made ethically, but in the end it is actually only semi-fair.

The mining of gold, for example, usually takes place under dangerous, unhealthy and inhumane conditions. In Peru alone, around 50,000 children work in gold mines. There are many more in Africa. In addition, the mining of gold is extremely harmful to the environment. Around 100 tons of mercury, which is produced in the extraction of gold, are found in the Amazon alone every year. I am on it in detail in the article The dirty business with gold received. We should be aware that when buying any piece of jewelry that contains silver, gold or precious stones from unethical sources, we support environmental pollution, disease and child labor and are indirectly responsible for this exploitation.

In order to make a really sustainable purchase, we should make sure that the piece of jewelery was produced fairly and made of sustainable materials or is secondhand or vintage from the outset. In addition, when it comes to sustainability, quality and durability are of course always an important aspect. So that the beautiful piece really becomes an all-round sustainable part, we should - as with every purchase we make - make sure that we really love it and will wear it for a long time.

Goldsmith & Flea Market

Apart from the brands that I am about to introduce to you, I would like to remind you that there are plenty of jewelers who offer vintage jewelry. You can also find tons of second-hand jewelry at flea markets and online. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry is, for example, an old bangle from the flea market that we had made smaller at the goldsmith's. Apropos goldsmith: Here you can have old silver cutlery or pieces of jewelery that you no longer wear into a piece that exactly matches your ideas. So that you will wear it for a particularly long time!

All the brands that I am introducing to you not only work under fair conditions, but actually pay attention to sustainability and environmental protection throughout the entire value chain. Some more, some less, but by and large all brands are really eco-friendly and worth supporting.

I've divided the brands into cheap to expensive so that you can get a pretty good overview straight away.

€ - very cheap, a few dozen euros or a little more - between 10 € and 90 €

€€ - a little more expensive, between 40 € and 170 €

€€€ - a few to a few hundred euros

€€€€ - a few hundred euros to well over a thousand euros

 


 

Atelier Meteor

Jewelry made from recycled gold, fairly produced in Portugal.

Prices: €€€

 

Envero

Envero is an incredibly high-quality jewelry brand from New York that I absolutely love. With gold, silver, platinum and also with the precious stones used, attention is paid to freedom from conflict and ethics. The jewelry is made in New York.

Prices: €€€ (the prices fluctuate a lot. There are cheaper and very expensive parts)

 

Folk days

At Folkdays there is jewelry from a wide variety of artists who all produce their jewelry under fair and sustainable conditions. Each piece of jewelery always states who produced it and then, if you like, you can learn more about the artist.

Prices: €

 

Fejn Jewelery

Fejn Jewelery is mainly produced in Cologne, mainly using recycled materials such as recycled silver. The packaging is plastic-free and made of organic materials.

Prices: €

 

Fenton & Co

If that is not the place to go for particularly beautiful, sustainable engagement rings! Ethically sourced gemstones, recycled / fair white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. The rings are produced under fair conditions in India. At Fenton there are only rings, but a wonderful selection from simple to super fancy.

Prices: €€€€

 

Foreign format

Foreign format uses industrial materials, leftovers from the metalworking industry and creates simple pieces of jewelry from them. Sustainable production, upcycling, as well as recycling and fairness are in the foreground at Fremdformat. For packaging too, Fremdformat uses recycled paper and cardboard and thinks of environmental protection when it comes to all other details such as power supply. The pieces are produced in Heidelberg. Many of the metal suppliers are around the corner.

Prices: €

 

Hiitu

At Hiitu there is simple but also colorful jewelry. Natural, high-quality, responsibly sourced materials are used for production. Hiitu works with carefully selected craftsmen and manufacturers from different cultures to create favorite pieces.

Prices: €

 

Jan ’n June

Jan ’n June has a small but fine collection of jewelry and hair accessories. The parts are made of steel and acetate. They are produced under fair conditions in Italy.

Prices: €

 

Jyoti

Jyoti's pieces are designed in Berlin and then made by a small family of artisans in northern India.

Prices: €

 

Katie G.

Katie G. manufactures jewelry such as rings and chains in the heart of Austria, namely in Vienna. Recycled materials are predominantly used. 5% of the sales value will be donated to Women For Women, which cares for women in the poorest regions. Aren't these rings all wonderful?

Prices: €

 

Kerbholz

Kerbholz relies on natural materials such as wood, bio-plastic, metal and stone. The jewelry and watches are produced in southern China under fair and transparent conditions. When you order a product, € 1 automatically goes to an organization of your choice.

Prices: €

 

KIND Jewelery

Handmade in London from conflict-free or recycled silver and gold. Conflict-free diamonds are also used. With precious stones it is like with gold: A large part comes from inhumane mining and has negative effects on our environment. It is also important to pay attention to fairness and sustainability with gemstones. When you buy a part from KIND, a tree will be donated. KIND pays attention to every little thing and ensures that no material is wasted.

Prices: €

 

Luxaa

The fair fashion brand also makes jewelry. Filigree pieces in silver, some of which have also been gilded. The production takes place in Germany. The materials come from reliable sources.

Prices: €

 

Mondaine

Mondaine stands for traditional watchmaking. Some of the watches are made from sustainable materials, such as castor oil, which is made into organic plastic, or cork. The packaging is made from recycled PET. The watches are made in Switzerland.

Prices: €€€

 

Nanini

Nina designs the jewelry and makes it herself. She relies exclusively on fairmined silver, gold and precious stones and breathes new life into the old gold that her customers bring to her. She has even visited the mines in Peru to make sure that everything is going well. The production is fair and sustainable.

Prices: €

 

Nina Kastens

Nina Kastens' jewelry is made in Germany. All metals (silver / brass / gold) are sourced from Germany.

Prices: €

 

Oh bracelet Berlin

Handmade in Berlin and Dresden. Isn't that horse trailer totally cute? Some recycled materials - silver - are used and the proportion of recycled material is growing steadily.

Prices: €

 

Ombre Claire

Designed in Paris, made in Nigeria and Mali. The finishing touches are then done again in the studio in Paris. Recycled raw materials are used. In the value chain, from production to materials and packaging, the focus is on sustainability and fairness.

Prices: €

 

Pakilia

Pakilia works with artisan families in Mexico and produces high-quality jewelry according to Fairtrade standards.

Prices: €

 

People Tree

People Tree not only makes beautiful fair fashion, but also produces fair trade certified jewelry made of silver, copper and brass.

Prices: €

 

Picfins

Much of the production takes place in Germany. Some small parts are manufactured under fair conditions in Turkey and Greece. Some jewelry is made from recycled silver or gold. Conflict-free precious metals are also used.

Prices: €

 

Protsaah

Protsaah is a Swiss brand that works with various artist communities in conflict zones and supports them with commissions. The materials are recycled and / or come from reliable sources. The production is fair and sustainable

Prices: €

 

 

Relevée

Isn't the fire great? Minimalistic, timeless beauties! Relevée supports women in India who have been victims of violence and helps them to start a new, better life with an education and employment. In addition, 10% of the profits will be donated to a good cause to give people in need a more peaceful and prosperous future. The materials come from ethical, conflict-free sources.

Prices: €€€