It can be easy to get absorbed into the world of diamond jewellery, but it may be finally time to consider something a little different (in terms of jewellery). Eco-friendly jewellery is created without encouraging conflict certain areas of the world. The eco-friendly jewellery market has taken off recently but many are unaware of the brands that are around. To help encourage people to purchase from eco-friendly jewellery brands, we’ve found 5 of the best just for you.
Lovebullets is a British conceptual brand with an ethos of “transforming items of destruction into works of art, jewellery and fashion accessories”. Even though the name may suggest otherwise, Lovebullets are an eco-friendly brand that uses old bullet casings to create genuinely beautiful pieces of jewellery. With the constant debates around the use of weapons and guns, Lovebullets have made something positive out of sometime so negative and damaging. It was initially launched in Glastonbury in 2008 and since then has gone from strength to strength. They aim to express an ideology of love overriding negativity, which is something we can all get on board with.
Anne Bowes is known for her design work in the jewellery industry, however, she’s also known for her vintage jewellery. Getting her inspiration in Venice from an “intriguing shop of treasures”, owned by a Venetian woman, who designed and sold reinvented jewellery. She had used old pieces from original Christian Dior designs and incorporated them into new pieces. Anne found the results were captivating and exciting. Anne Bowes she now recycles vintage jewellery and adjusts them ever so slightly, which in turn rejuvenates the pieces and helps retain their vintage styling. Her take of jewellery is exact and with her unique styling and beautiful designs, Anne Bowes has brought together the past and present with her work.
Not only are Ananda Soul Creations eco-friendly, but they donate 10% of all their profits to the Safe Childhoods Foundation. Their ethos is to empower their customers into making buying decisions that have a positive impact on the planet and other people. They want people to start questioning what goes on behind the scenes of the products they buy. There ensure that everyone that plays a part in making their products gets paid a fair salary and lead a healthy and happy lifestyle. The belief behind the brand is that we all connected, whether it be with different beings, metals, crystals and the Earth itself. The ideology behind the brand has helped them sustain and create jewellery based on ethically sourced elements rather than using materials that cause conflict. Their sole effort is to work with recycled, sustainable and low-impact materials, reducing their carbon footprint to the lowest it can possibly be.
Made Jewellery is a brand that has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent times. The brand has become somewhat of a powerhouse with the brand only using reclaimed metals and materials that are only locally sourced from their workshops (Kibera, Nairobi, Africa).
The original idea behind the brand was to help strengthen Kibera’s economy, which in turn will help them progress and help other small businesses. At the core of the Made ethos is people. They make it their business to invest in their employees, with a view to harnessing their employees talent and skills whilst providing a safe working environment, long-term job security and training.The idea behind the brand has helped them work with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Thomas Sabo, ASOS and many more!
Many may be unaware that Chopard have begun ethically sourcing all their gems. Conflict free diamonds, fairmined gold, fairmined silver and responsible mining are increasingly common concepts adopted by jewellery and watch companies to promote an ethical culture in the extraction, trade and consumption of precious metals and gemstones. Chopard is a favourite around the world, with celebrities, royalty and fashion enthusiasts all over the world admiring their work. It is most definitely a statement from one of the most exclusive jewellery brands all over the world, especially with their involvement with charities and their work with Livia Firth (founder of the Green Carpet Challenge). Chopard has said that it hopes to raise consumers awareness of the “often dismal reality of gold miners in the developing world”, while showing how their lives can be improved through the changing attitudes of luxury brands.
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