It’s the most wonderful time of the year! All things considered, anyway. It’s time to reflect on how you’ve spent your year, get ready to set new goals, spend quality time with loved ones, and of course – presents!
It can be conflicting to want to spoil your family and friends with gifts while also wanting to be mindful of which sustainable businesses to support during this time. We’re here to help! Here’s a list of local jewelry brands that have beautiful and sustainable items in their catalogues.
Based in San Francisco, Soko works with jewelry artisans around the world to increase economic sustainability. “We use mobile technology to connect marginalized Kenyan artisans directly to the global marketplace. Unlike centralized factory production, we use technology to enable the human workforce”.
As a certified B-Corp, they are committed to using business as a channel for good. They do this by practicing inclusivity and sustainable practices in order to solve the challenges (social and environmental) we are faced with today.
Offering pieces both dainty and bold, you are sure to find the perfect gift. For a classic piece, check out the Ivara Mini Hoop Earrings.
Heading over to the East Coast, we have Catbird. Catbird makes all of their jewelry in-house at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They take pride in treating their employees with respect and dignity. Their stunning pieces are made for weddings, engagements, special occasions, and everyday wear. Their very own Catbird Giving Fund donated to organizations such as the Food Bank of New York City and the ACLU. Perfect for the holidays and any time of the year really, the Tinsel Chain is simple yet stunning.
3. Zoe Chicco
This brand prides itself on jewelry that is kind to the earth that it gets its resources from, and kind to the artisans who craft the jewelry. All their diamonds are conflict-free and their gemstones ethically sourced. Not to mention, they use 100% recycled 14-karat gold. With the “forever-mentality” in mind, these pieces are timeless and built to last. We love these Midi Bitty Star Studs which are simple and versatile.
4. Laura Lombardi
Give a piece that screams confidence and elegance. The Cambia Necklace is a beautiful gold painted chain necklace. The brass used in Laura Lombardi products is recycled and their jewelry is responsibly made in New York and New England with the support of several small, locally owned businesses.
All parties involved in creating the brand’s products are paid fair, living wages.
Described as a crowd favorite, the Mini Tag Necklace rings in at $48, making it one of the more affordable (and still sustainable) pieces of jewelry on the list. This elegant and dainty necklace is crafted in Nashville, TN. ABLE has moved away from harsh chemicals in the jewelry manufacturing process and they also use recycled silver.
Genuine, rare, and natural, these Mejuri earrings come in 3 stunning colors. Committed to creating a company built on diversity, equality, inclusion and sustainability, Mejuri aims to trace all their pieces from mine to market – allowing them to manage the social and environmental impacts of their supply chain.