10 Ethical Fine Jewelry Designers Every Woman Should Know

a more sustainable sparkle

It's a question I get a lot - 'where can I find fine jewelry that is either responsibly-made or fair trade?'. It's easy to find your everyday {ethical} statement jewelry, but a timeless piece with those same values made from some of the finest materials our planet has to offer can be a bit more difficult to come across. Whether you are looking for wedding rings or a piece to keep with you a lifetime, these 10 collections are sure to bring you some major heart eyes. 

photo by Julian Calo of the Pastel Project

photo by Julian Calo of the Pastel Project

1. Rebecca Mir Grady

When I first laid eyes on this line, I said to myself - 'yes, PLEASE!'. Before even getting into the material or how it was made, I was completely drawn in by every single piece. I don't think this collection has anything I wouldn't be excited to wear. Rebecca Mir Grady's designs are timeless yet contemporary, and the minimalistic use of metals and stones is full of character. I've always been one for beauty in the imperfect, and Rebecca Mir Grady accomplishes this so perfectly in many of her pieces, including the lovely Odessa Ruby Necklace I'm wearing here. The ruby stone is centered in a sterling silver carved disk with a 14k yellow gold ring, and the uneven edges & indentations within the pendant give it so much charm! You can bet I'll be wearing this a ton for years to come. {I think I have 3 Fair OOTDs I have yet to edit with it featured!} 

 

A little more about the designer behind this gorgeous line - Rebecca Mir Grady lives in Chicago, Illinois where she studied sculpture & ceramics at the School of Art Institute {makes sense, right?!}. After SAIC, she attended University of Illinois at Chicago and received a MFA in Visual Arts. Rebecca believes in sustainable practices when creating; therefore, all of her jewelry is made by hand from reclaimed precious metals and ethically-sourced stones. She is also a member of the wonderful organization dedicated to social and environmental responsibility called Ethical Metalsmiths. Aren't you glad to hear this exists?!

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2. BETSY & IYA

betsy & iya is a handcrafted jewelry line, online shop and lifestyle boutique. They create all the jewelry in-house at their Portland studio, and fill their boutique with independent artists and designers they have met during their travels around the country. Their entire jewelry collection is just beautiful - I love its simplicity and modern design. Like tiny pieces of art, you can tell how much thought and work went into each piece. 


3. FERNWEH

Traveling to remote regions to partner with local designers and artisans, women-team Amelia Tonelli and Rachel Widmark are truly bringing us something special for our conscious jewelry boxes. Besides wanting to share stunning traditional crafts with us, Fernweh gives back to the countries they work with through micro-loans for the local women. For both the Pakistan and the Mexico Collection, 2.5% of sales are reinvested into these loans.


4. AGLAIA JEWELRY

Created by Italian designer Elisa Finoli, Aglaia Jewelry is handcrafted in a NY studio. The line is inspired by Elisa's Italian roots and her life experiences within India & Nicaragua, as well as the Japanese 'Wabi-Sabi' philosophy where one searches for beauty in the imperfect. You can definitely sense Elisa's background in photography and design - she even has experience in architecture! 


5. CRASH JEWELRY  

An all-women company based out of LA, CRASH is taking metal from some of the finest luxury cars which have been in minor accidents, and using it to create jewelry for both men and women. I mean, a bracelet made from a Porsche? Pretty amazing. What I love so much about CRASH, it is appealing to gals AND guys. 


6. Simply Wood Rings

If there ever was a line of rings made for the earth lover, this would be it. While we don't typically associate wood with fine jewelry, Simply Wood Rings is sure to make you re-think the term. From the birthwood rings to the engagements rings, you will find something truly unique to take with you a lifetime. Plus, they use salvaged and sustainable materials that are always responsibly-sourced. 


7. AGNES ICE 

Created by Agnès, a French self-taught metalsmith, this line is for anyone who appreciates simplistic silver jewelry made with the planet in mind. Agnes Ice is full of pieces you can wear everyday, and knowing it comes with a small carbon footprint makes it even more special. What is so unique about Agnes Ice {besides the mesmerizing gems}, everything is handcrafted - no molds or lost wax casting methods ever. 


8. CORAL COVEY 

Created by Australian jewelry designer, Laura Deakin, Coral Covey is named after her two grandmother's, Coral McKissick and Glades Covey, who both influenced Laura to care for her community & the environment. Coral Covey's studio is in one of the jewelry capitals of the world, Munich, and prides itself on creating jewelry that is fair, honest & beautiful. 


9. FLUID JEWELLERY 

Caelen Ellis, the creator of the Ottawa, Ontario-based Fluid Jewellery, believes in that very transparent & conscious designing I look for in every brand I stand behind. Within Fluid Jewellery, recycled materials are always prioritized, and certified/conflict free diamonds and stones are a must. With Caelen's passion and extensive training in metal-smithing, he is very drawn to the emotional connection associated with jewelry & wants to create a positive impact with each piece created.


10. Ananda Soul

Founded by artist & yogi Christina Zipperlen, Ananda Soul’s jewelry line is conscious from start to finish. Their transparency throughout the entire process is something to look up to -  from their gemstones to their silversmiths, you can feel confident that each piece is made with a lot of love and respect for the environment and people. 


Do you have a favorite Ethical Fine Jewelry Designer?

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