It’s no secret the pandemic has accelerated a movement towards investing more in ethical fashion whether that’s consumers being more conscious of what they buy, or designers changing the way the create clothes – or jewellery.
While it is always tempting to impulse buy affordable trend-led pieces, they can be a false economy. For starters, you might fall out of love with them in a season, but you also don’t always know where they’ve come from.
Do you knowhow your jewellery is made, or where it’s sourced from – especially when it comes to diamonds? Exactly. So if you want to change the way you shop and invest in some pieces that will last and won’t make you feel guilty, you’ve come to the right place.
Scroll down for some pointers and to shop the ethical jewellery brands we love. And make sure to check out our other guides too, if you’re looking to make your existing jewellery more ethical, or want to create an ethical engagement ring.
What is ethical jewellery?
In a nutshell, it’s jewellery that has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment they’re produced in. That can mean:
- Using materials you can trace back to the source, to ensure they’ve been produced in an ethical way, eg, fair trade materials and conflict-free diamonds
- Using recycled materials such as gemstones
- Using synthetic diamonds
- Not using child labour and ensuring fair wages and working hours
- Not using practices that pollute or impact the environment in a negative way
What are ethical diamonds?
Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2006 Blood Diamonds really shed light on the issue of conflict diamonds, also called blood diamonds, as they’re mined in areas controlled by rebels, who then use the money to buy weapons or finance war activities.
So to avoid buying any conflict diamonds, you want to be able to trace their origin. Nowadays, it’s possible to buy synthetically farmed diamonds (and the quality is equally good), or buy diamonds from a jeweller who adheres to the Kimberley Process, which ensures that exported diamonds are conflict-free.
You can also go down the antique route as you’re effectively recycling an older diamond.
Ethical jewellery brands
Want to know where to shop some beautiful ethical jewellery brands? From Alighieri to Roxanne First, Wald to Vashi, scroll down to treat yourself to some of our favourite pieces, from diamond earrings to gold necklaces.