Earth Gems: Sustainable Jewelry

April 22, 2014 Cheryl Kremkow Jewelry Trends Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to celebrate some jewelry brands and designers who are doing what they can to create jewelry that is environmentally friendly, supports mining communities around the world, and is processed in factories with good working conditions. There are many ways that companies are making a difference: creating green jewelry and changing the way metals and gems are mined and manufactured around the world.

Conflict-free gems and recycled metals are the first step: really the least every company can do. Refiners like Hoover & Strong offer recycled gold, silver, palladium, platinum alloys and even many standard findings. But today many companies are going further, developing the first traceable Fair Trade and Fairmined pipelines for gold and silver, creating transparent pipelines for gems from safe, environmentally-friendly mines to cutting factories that are healthy places to work, and cooperative efforts that benefit worker’s cooperatives in developing nations.

What’s even better?  Gorgeous jewelry that celebrates the rare gifts from the earth.

Custom ring by Mociun with ethically sourced gems set in recycled gold
Custom ring by Mociun with ethically sourced gems set in recycled gold
Stack rings by Jennifer Dawes for Dawes Design in recycled gold.
Stack rings by Jennifer Dawes for Dawes Design in recycled gold.
Ring from the Pure Flight Collection by Alexandra Hart
Ring from the Pure Flight Collection by Alexandra Hart in recycled silver with Australian Silvermist Diamonds.
Ethically-sources sapphire slice earrings by Barrio Neal
Ethically-sources sapphire slice earrings by Barrio Neal

 

A Tree Grows Necklace by Judi Powers
A Tree Grows Necklace by Judi Powers in recycled silver or gold with Harmony Diamonds

 

 

Hammered Eclipse Hoops in fair mined EcoGold  by Toby Pomeroy
Designer Toby Pomeroy’s sleek styles are hand-made in Oregon from fair mined gold and gems. His Eclipse Hoops are timeless classics.

 

 

 

Cate Blanchett wears Chopard opal earrings from the Green Carpet Collection at the 2014 Oscars
Chopard is a leader in sustainable jewelry. These opal earrings, famously worn by Cate Blanchett at the Oscars, are from the brand’s Green carpet Collection made from Fairmined gold.
Melissa Joy Manning Herkimer quartz ring, made from recycled gold from artisans in the United States.
Melissa Joy Manning uses recycled metals and sustainable gems and employs skilled artisans in the United States to make her jewelry.

 

Pink tourmaline earrings by Pippa Small
In addition to using sustainable gold and gems, Pippa Small works with indigenous communities around the world to market traditional crafts.
John Hardy Kali Pebble Cuff is sustainably hand-made in Bali
John Hardy’s workshop in Bali is environmentally sustainable. The company offsets its carbon by planting bamboo.

 

Tourmaline beads cut and polished from fair-mined tourmaline by Columbia Gem House
Columbia Gem House is the leading supplier of fair-trade gemstones, including these tourmaline beads.

What is your favorite source for green jewelry?  What’s more important to you: environmentally responsible mining, fair wages and good working conditions, or support for mining communities?

1 Comment

  1. Meiko Lucas 2 years Reply

    More power to such jewelry designers and brands. If all jewelers, around the world, resolve to use genuine, green and clean ingredients for their produce then those indulging in blood diamonds or conflict metals would soon run out of the business and lots of innocent lives will be saved.

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