I’m sure you all know by now how much I love jewellery. For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with beautiful jewels. For me, an outfit is incomplete without jewellery, whether it’s fun costume jewellery or classic pieces. Of course, buying from brands that treat both the planet and their employees well is more important than ever now. As much as I love to adorn myself in jewellery, I don’t want to do so at the expense of other people or the environment. So, today I’m sharing my favourite ethical jewellery brands.
I bought my first piece of jewellery from Daisy London over a decade ago; it was August 2012 when I first featured it on the blog (see the post here). Much has changed since then: I’ve moved house, gone freelance and my sense of style has changed. You’re not likely to see me in a pencil skirt and heels these days! However, I do still wear my pretty silver daisy necklace (which I last featured a couple of years ago).
Recently, I was gifted two gorgeous pieces from Daisy London: the Estée Lalonde Goddess Medallion bracelet and the Vita necklace. I was so thrilled to add to my Daisy London collection. I’m finding myself drawn more to classic gold pieces of jewellery lately, which are perfect for wearing alone or layering for maximum impact. The extremely hot weather over the summer made wearing chunky jewellery too uncomfortable, so I naturally gravitated towards elegant pieces instead.
Daisy London jewellery is sustainably crafted in 100% recycled sterling silver and 18ct gold plate. Since launching, they have donated to over 30 charities, including through their collaborative partnerships with Ellie Goulding and WWF, as well as the original Aphrodite necklace, created to raise funds and awareness for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust,
They work in keeping with the Responsible Jewellery Council’s guidelines, using trusted, family-owned factories in Italy and Thailand. Packaging is recyclable and made from FSC certified materials. But, most importantly, the jewellery is made to last and includes a one year warranty as standard. This is jewellery that you’ll be wearing for many years to come. With so many beautiful pieces to choose from, it’s the perfect place to find a gift for someone special.
My introduction to Azuni was a very lucky one, well doubly lucky actually. I won a big Christmas giveaway run by another blogger, which included a bracelet (pictured above) and a pair of earrings from Azuni. Then not long after that, I won a gift voucher on Azuni’s Instagram…you could say it’s my lucky brand! I’ve since bought more pieces from them (including the earrings below).
Azuni donates 5% of all online sales to supporting three good causes as a means of giving back to people and the planet. These are: reforestation, children, women and education, and endangered species. The company partners with small artisan workshops and cooperatives in central and South America to keep traditional tribal skills alive and support communities. They say this provides comfortable and happy work environments, plus flexible hours so that women can support their children before and during work times.
You can find out more about Azuni here.
I can’t remember when I first bought a piece of jewellery from Ottoman Hands, but I’ve been a huge fan ever since. I just love the exquisite designs and intricate detailing. The jewellery is made in small batches so designs do sell out. However, I’ve found a few past season pieces on eBay (including the purple ring below).
When Deniz Gurdal started the brand in 2010, she found a small independent workshop in Istanbul to make her jewellery. (The name Ottoman Hands was inspired by the artisans that create the unique jewellery.) Ottoman Hands is still working with the same artisans in the heart of the jewellery quarter of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, to produce the recycled brass, hand-crafted jewellery. The recycled sterling silver jewellery is also hand crafted by an independent supplier in India.
The company only works with manufacturers who share the same values and treat their workers fairly, and they regularly check on working standards. The mailing and jewellery boxes are made with FSC paper from 70% recycled sources. The pouches are 100% cotton, and there are no plastic of foam inserts).
Read more about Ottoman Hands here.
I’ve recently become a brand ambassador for Monica Vinader and was gifted these two gorgeous stacking rings. I wear them almost every day, they are so comfortable that I hardly know I’m wearing them. When I feel like being a bit “extra” I’ll add a statement ring as well. But I like the idea of smaller rings on each finger – a bit like layering several chain necklaces. I’ve just ordered three more rings, including this stunning Deia diamond ring…I’m so excited for them to arrive!
Monica Vinader uses 100% recycled silver and gold vermeil and ethically sourced diamonds. The brand has won numerous sustainability awards. All of their deliveries and returns are now carbon-neutral. Plus, the packaging is all fully FSC certified, with the aim of being 100% recyclable very soon.
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