6 Sustainable Jewelry Brands to Look Out For in 2021

by Bhagya L

As we step foot into a fresh new chapter in our lives in 2021, with new hopes and dreams, in the fashion world too, there is quite a bit to rejoice. With more sustainable fashion, beauty and jewelry brands making their way into the market, there is a lot to look forward to this year.

From clean ingredients to environmentally sustainable production methods and packaging, to fair wages and good working conditions, some of the new brands in the fashion industry have solid principles that that by no means are they ready to compromise on.

It comes in good time too, as the entire fashion industry definitely needs a long and hard look to see where we’re headed.

With the being said, here are 5 amazing sustainable jewelry brands to look forward to this year.

6 amazing ethical jewelry brands to celebrate in 2021

Upcycle with Jing

At Upcycle with Jing, every jewelry piece has been handcrafted from PET plastic bottles found in Helsinki because recycling and upcycling are key factors in sustainability. 

Jing Wang’s foray into design actually began with an education in Industrial Design, in China. But, only when she began to study industrial design did she realize that it wasn’t her calling at all. While living in China and India, Jing was also appalled by the prevalent use of single-use plastic bags and bottles that littered streets, landfills and even the oceans. Upcycling a pollutant material like plastic became her lifelong quest.

Soko

Sustainable jewelry - Soko

Soko is a San Francisco based jewelry brand that focuses on artisan empowerment, fair opportunities and fair wages. For the same reason, the brand works with talented artisans all over the world helping them improve their business, and in turn increase their income. What’s unique about the brand is that it provides mobile tools for artisans with which they have access to more customers. Just like any commercial brand, consumers can place orders and make payments through the app. Their collection includes a number of stunning classics and extravagant pieces inspired by architecture, geometry and tribal designs.

Mejuri

Sustainable jewelry - Mejuri

Mejuri is a comparatively more established brand compared to some others in this list. Based in Toronto, Canada the company focuses on ethical sourcing, environmental sustainability and fair trade. It works with a number of fine talented artisans around the world including in India, Seoul and Italy to create minimal everyday jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Some of the beautiful ethical materials included in their jewelry include authentic mineral stones, freshwater pearls and diamonds sources from only ethical suppliers.

Catbird

Sustainable jewelry - Catbird

Catbird is an entirely woman owned Brooklyn based ethical jewelry brand focusing on fair trade, ethical working conditions and ethical practices like recycling. They also focus on giving back to the community through different means. Unlike many other jewelry brands, Catbird makes all of its jewelry pieces in-house at their Brooklyn Navy Yard. They house a large team of fairly paid jewelry makers and artisans in their workshop producing fine quality and beautiful pieces of jewelry, mostly minimal style meant for daily wear. All of their items are made using recycled Gold and conflict-free stones sourced ethically. They also own a Catbird Giving Fund, as part of their giving back practices, through which one per cent of all sales will go to organizations like ACLU and Food Bank.

Akola

Sustainable jewelry - Akola

Akola is yet another sustainable jewelry brand owned by women, made for women, more specifically for women who have been forgotten. Based entirely in Uganda, the brand name “Akola” means “she works” in the traditional Ugandan dialect and they aim to bring revolutionary fair trade practices in the industry. They plan to support downtrodden communities and local women not just to help them in their business, but also to conserve and protect traditional jewelry making practices as well.

Monica Vinader

Sustainable jewelry - Monica Vinader

Monica Vinader is a luxury designer jewelry brand based in Britain and it is one of the few companies that places wholesome emphasis on individuality, along with sustainability. The brand very recently made a radical and revolutionary shift to sustainability by releasing their first ever capsule collection of items in collaboration with influencer Doina Ciobanu, made from 100% recycled silver. The collection includes everything from the trending snake chain bracelets to stackable chunky rings. Started back in 2008, the company has always stood for wearable stylish and ethical sourcing.

Which of these brands are you buying from this year?

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