It is that time of year when the search for the perfect gift is on. Something that might be on most gift lists is a beautiful piece of jewelry. Whether it’s a new pair of earrings, a necklace or a set of rings, this year, gift-givers (and self-treaters) can make an effort to choose sustainable and fair trade options. Consider these companies if you’re searching for sustainable jewelry choices.
In 2014, founder Niki Grandics saw the opportunity to make a positive change in the jewelry industry. Grandics developed a passion for luxury fashion and jewelry at a young age. As an adult, she went on to study goldsmithing and silversmithing.
In 2013, her eyes were opened to a negative side of the fashion industry when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers. Grandics knew she didn’t want to contribute to the problem and chose to ethically and sustainably source all the materials she uses for her pieces.
Faustina Ring: Ruby slice (2.5ct), Montana sapphires (0.1ctw), recycled 14k rose gold. Photo courtesy of Enji Studio Jewelry.
For her creations, all the gemstones are fair trade and ethically sourced from small scale artisanal miners. As a whole, Grandics wants to marry modern luxury design with traceable sources to ensure that people can own and wear a piece they feel proud of.
Dael Necklace: red rutilated quartz slices (13ctw), recycled 14k rose gold.
Sahar Agate Earrings: white agate slices (~13-16ct each), Montana sapphires (0.1ctw), rough diamonds, recycled 14k gold.
Aline Pendant: 2.25ct rutilated quartz, recycled 14k gold, 18″ chain available in sterling silver or 14k gold.
All above photos courtesy of Enji Studio Jewelry.
“I also come from a family of immigrants and scientists and it impacts the way I design and view the world around me. I see the contrasts and the differences in the places I’ve lived and traveled – how it’s all part of a larger whole. We’re all connected.”
Photo courtesy of Puck Wanderlust.
Named for a mischievous fairy (Puck) and the strong desire to travel and for adventure (Wanderlust), the jewelry company based in London was co-founded by two women that shared the same philosophy and mantra regarding sustainable fashion.
According to the company’s website, each design is handcrafted by “happy hands” in countries such as Bali and India. The 925 sterling silver and 18-karat gold vermeil are 100-percent recycled and every stone used is hand-selected, hand-cut and “lovingly set,” allowing pieces to be individual and unique for each buyer.
Puck Wanderlust’s suppliers are family-owned, something the company is truly proud of.
“Our suppliers use recycled materials where possible, provide fair wages for their staff, and comply with ethical standards put forward by the government,” co-founder Ranelle Chapman says.
The company features multiple collections, one collection in particular — The Bombay Deco Collection — is inspired by the geometric motifs and vibrant colors and patterns of Indian art deco.
Photos courtesy of Puck Wanderlust.
Featured photo courtesy of Puck Wanderlust.