13 Ethical and Sustainable Jewelry Brands for 2021

You’ll keep your jewelry for years, and good pieces will last a lifetime.

It’s important today, more than ever, to ensure the brands you support are treating their workers fairly, using eco-friendly and ethical production techniques, and sourcing their metals, jewels, and diamonds from sustainable mines or production systems.

We’ve collected seven of our favorite sustainable jewelry brands that we’re confident you’ll love.

We’ll highlight their sustainable initiatives, product ranges, and more.

Let’s take a look at them.

Our Favorite Ethical Jewelry Brands


monbouquette sustainable jewelry

Sustainability: Sustainable pearls, recycled metals, lab-grown diamonds, all products made in the USA

Price: $$$

At a glance: A selection of luxury, made in the USA, necklaces and earrings, created by a mother-daughter team.

Jenny and Lily Monbouquette are a mother-daughter team creating tasteful, sustainable, bold jewelry. They create a selection of necklaces and earrings available in a variety of styles.

Their sustainability credentials are impressive: all earrings and spheres are made from 100% recycled materials including silver, bronze, or brass, with ethically mined gold plating.

They also use hand-selected, sustainably farmed freshwater pearls.

The diamonds they use in their jewelry pieces are lab-grown, ensuring they’re conflict-free and with minimal environmental negative impacts.

Finally, all of their jewelry is handcrafted in the USA. And, when you order from them, you’ll receive your new jewels in plastic-free, recycled packaging.

Pictured: Petite Nuni Necklace, $598


Mejuri sustainable jewelry

Sustainability: Jewellery made from a combination of recycled and fairly mined materials. Supply chain traceability.

Price: $-$$

At a glance: A range of rings, necklaces, bracelets at fair prices, from gold vermeil rings, 14K gold pieces, diamonds, and wedding bands.

Toronto-based brand Mejuri have traceability from mine to market.

This allows Mejuri to improve the sustainability and social impact of their pieces in the supply chain.

Their jewelry is made from a combination of recycled and fairly mined material. Mejuri is serious about driving fair pricing in the jewelry industry; with some major brands driving prices 10x their value, Mejuri is transparent about their costs. This allows their luxury pieces to be accessible for everyone. 

Pictured: Charlotte bold ring £95 (Style also offered in a 14K yellow gold £495)

Capsul Jewelry

Capsul Jewelry sustainable

Sustainability: 3D-printed jewels, hand-crafted in LA, female-founded, non-toxic materials

Price: $ – $$

At a glance: Custom, made-to-order jewelry, created using innovative 3D printing techniques

Capsul Jewelry is unique as they create all of their necklaces, earrings, necklaces, and more, using 3D-printing.

Every piece is made to order, and you can create your own unique piece of designer jewelry, at a fraction of the cost you would usually pay.

Everything is produced in LA, and it’s a women-run company.

Pictured: Amor Signature Necklace, $45


SiiZu sustainable jewelry

Sustainability: Sustainable materials and supply chain, 10% donations to environmental organizations

Price: $

At a glance: Tasteful jewelry at a fraction of the price you’d expect

SiiZu is a New York-based sustainable jewelry brand making luxury but affordable earrings, necklaces, rings, and more.

ALl of Siizu’s jewelry is affordable, and because they’re a direct-to-consumer brand, you don’t have to pay traditional wholesale markups.

The brand uses sustainable materials, and as well as that, every item is shipped in eco-friendly recycled paper bags.

They also donate to help the American Forests organization plant trees across the US to restore and protect vital habitats.

Pictured: Gissell Trio Earrings, 45$


ABLE sustainable rings

Sustainability: Sustainable materials, wage and supply chain transparency, recycled packaging

Price: $

At a glance: Affordable jewelry from a brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty

ABLE is a sustainable brand that handcrafts their ethical jewelry collection in Nashville, Tennessee.

You’ll find affordable but stylish jewelry – from earrings to bracelets made from a variety of metals, depending on your preference.

They use a variety of sustainably sourced materials, including cellulose acetate, a plant-based material that’s biodegradable and compostable.

ABLE is highly transparent – they publish the wages that their staff earn. They’re committed to paying living wages to their staff, wherever they’re located in the world.

Pictured: Hammered Stacking Ring, $20


Nisolo sustainable earrings

Sustainability: Upcycled materials, handmade by artisans, B Corp

Price: $

At a glance: Minimalist, stylish, and tasteful jewelry handcrafted by Kenyan artisans

Nisolo’s handmade sustainable jewelry is made by local artisans from upcycled metals.

They work with artisans in Kenya, Peru, and Mexico, always paying wages that are above average for the location. They’re also transparent about the wages they pay, and the processes they’re using to ensure wages continue to rise for their workers.

The company is also a B Corp, which means it’s committed to using it’s platform to benefit the environment and all of the brand’s stakeholders.

They create simple, timeless, and stylish jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more.

Pictured: Open drop earrings, $30

Joie De Viv

Joie de Viv sustainable ear rings

Sustainability: Lab-grown sustainable diamonds, handcrafted in small batches

Price: $$ – $$$

At a glance: Luxurious, ethical rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces

Joie de Viv’s sustainable jewelry is luxurious, ethical, and designed to be worn every day.

The brand uses ethical diamonds, lab-grown in the US. They all feature VVS-VS clarity, D-H color, and come with an IGI certificate.

Metals used are responsibly-sourced, recycled, or reclaimed to reduce the demand for mining.

Joie De Viv creates a varied selection of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. All are handcrafted in small batches using ethical labor and manufacturing practices.

Pictured: Aurora Diamond Hoop Earrings, $499.50


BAR jewellery sustainable necklaces

Sustainability: Recycled silver used in each piece, full traceability, full brand transparency on production methods.

Price: $$

At a glance: Cool contemporary rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Bar Jewellery produces its artisan-made jewelry from recycled silver and believes in reducing its environmental impact on the supply chain.

Pieces are locally cast and hand-finished at their London studio using locally sourced recycled silver. Hand crafted jewels are also produced in Bali.

Bar Jewellery ensures the artisans who handcraft their pieces are provided with fair wages and safe working conditions. 



AUrate ethical jewelry brand

Sustainability: Jewelry made from ethically sourced and sustainably produced material. 100% Recycled gold. 

Price: $$-$$$

At a glance: Luxury jewels, offering everyday statement pieces to dainty diamonds, vintage rings, and wedding bands. 

Female-led, New York brand AUrate produces fine jewelry in their Manhattan studios.

Focusing on improving the ugly side of the jewelry industry, AUrate ensures the gold it uses is 100% recycled.

Their pearls are harvested sustainably using family-run farms that respect the marine environment. The sustainable brand offers up a range of pieces, including the ability to personalize pieces by offering an engraving service on select necklaces, rings, engagement rings, earrings.

Pictured: Organic Pearl Drop Pendant £180


Alighieri sustainable and ethical necklaces

Sustainability:  Local craftsmanship, recycled and upcycled materials. Focus on ethical trade and supporting charity.

Price: $$$

At a glance: Beautifully individual pieces inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’.

Alighieri’s offering of refreshingly individual pieces sets this brand apart from others. They produce modern heirlooms that you can cherish for years to come.

They pride themselves on their sustainable and ethical practices by using local craftsmanship and creating every piece from recycled metal and upcycled materials (all of their pieces are cast in recycled bronze before being plated in gold).

Pictured: The Spellbinding Amphora Necklace £225

Monica Vinader

Monica Vinader sustainable jewelry

Sustainability: 100% of supply chain certified by the responsible Jewellery council. 100% recycled silver. 

Price: $$

At a glance: Luxury British jewelry brand offering wearable pieces. MV offers the ability to customize pieces for unique pieces.

Household name Monica Vinader is a British jewelry brand well known for wearable, stylish jewelry.

In 2020 the brand transitioned to 100% recycled silver and worked on offsetting emissions by offering carbon neutral delivery and returns. This will allow the brand to reduce Co2 emissions by 2.3M kilograms by the end of 2021. 

Pictured: Doina Gemstone Huggie Earrings Set 3 pieces £190 


SVNR ethical earrings

Sustainability: Sustainable manufacturing processes and conscious consumption.

Price: $$

At a glance: Vibrant pieces hand-made from colourful stones, shells, and gems.

SVNR (Pronounced souvenir) is for you if you want to show off with a splash of color and individuality

They produce quirky handmade ethical jewelry, including earrings and necklaces, handmade from natural, re-used, and upcycled materials. 

Pictured: DHARAMSALA (Individual earring) $110 


Catbird ethical jewelry

Sustainability: Handmade by jewelers in their NYC studio, using sustainable materials, ethically sourced gold and conflict free stones.

Price: $$ – $$$

At a glance: Rings, Necklaces and earrings. Unique charm collections. Wedding bands and engagement rings.

Brooklyn based jewelry studio Catbird specialise in ethical jewelry at a fair price. Since launching in 2004, their jewels have gained in popularity for their creative and bespoke designs.

Handmade in their NYC studio, all from ethically sourced gold their jewelery features conflict free stones which sparkle and shine, without negatively impacting workers in their supply chain.

Catbird are proud members of the No Dirty Gold campaign, which works internationally to reform the gold mining industry to respect human rights, and reduce environmental impact.


What Is Sustainable Jewelry?

The jewelry industry is notorious for creating high levels of carbon pollution, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. The jewelry industry is also known for poor ethical standards for workers across the supply chain.
For example, one silver ring costs around 1.03 kg CO2 to produce; this contributes severely to environmental pollution on a large scale.

Sustainable jewelry uses recycled or lower environmental impact materials, such as reclaimed silver and gold, or ethically mined jewels and metals.

Brands creating sustainable and ethical jewelry often have a transparent supply chain, which is essential to ensure that workers have been treated fairly and work in safe environments.

Wrapping Up

We hope you enjoyed our ethical jewelry top picks. If you have any recommendations please let us know in the comments below.

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