Luckily for jewelry lovers, our favorite sparkly pieces are inherently durable: metals like gold and silver as well as gemstones can be reused for eternity. In fact, you could say that jewelry only gets better with age! Jewelry designers today have exploited this, using recycled gold and silver and sourcing ethical gemstones (either fair trade or repurposed from other pieces) to create beautiful jewelry that also makes the world a better place. There are fine jewelry designers who work in gemstones for bespoke masterpieces and fun costume jewelry made from unique materials like raffia and seashells. Below, you’ll find enduring jewelry for every occasion, from an everyday chain to a unique engagement ring.
Sabi Moon jacket earrings
Soko is a certified B-Corp that employs Kenyan artisans to create warm, wearable pieces, like this pair of gold-plated earrings.
Geometric Hamsa Necklace
Ethically sourced and sustainably made in New York, Aurate is our go-to for stylish basics that go with everything.
These sculptural earrings are inspired by the design of modernists such as Man Ray and Ellsworth Kelly. Agmes not only uses recycled metal for its fine jewelry, but it also reuses its own scraps from the workshop.
Founder Christina Tung was a public relations specialist before becoming a jewelry designer, so she knows the industry inside out. Each of its pieces is made from found, reused, recycled and natural materials and, above all, looks like the most beautiful memories you’ve picked up on vacation.
If a full SVNR necklace is out of reach, we suggest starting with one of these fun Droplet earrings, which come in two shell options.
Affinity Engagement Ring
Not only does Taylor & Heart offer fair and equitable materials on all of its engagement rings, you can customize yours for the perfect fit.
AT GTC, we never run out of ideas for a monogram, but this signet ring earring is by far the coolest. Designer Jess Hannah makes all of her jewelry from recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones and crafts the chicest nail polishes to go with them. She donates a portion of all profits to charity.
1.60 Carat Diamond Yellow Gold Tennis Bracelet
One of the best things about jewelry is that it lasts and retains its value forever, which is the ultimate seal of durability. For unique options, look for vintage pieces from sellers like 1stDibs.
Akoya Pearl Lariat
KBH’s South Sea pearls are organic and sustainably grown by artisans and paired with recycled 14 karat gold. Talk about a true modern classic.
Meghan Markle’s favorite
Set of 6 Zuri bangle bracelets
Akola pieces are made in Uganda by local women in rural communities, who may struggle to earn a living elsewhere. Each piece is made from durable materials, including the hand-carved horn used in these bracelets.
Akola Harper Raffia Cluster Drop Earrings
Locally sourced raffia makes lightweight earrings with a major impact.
Stylish retailer COS designs some of its jewelry, like this necklace, from recycled metals. (Pro tip: Search her site for “sustainable jewelry” for the full collection.)
John Hardy “Bamboo” Silver Hoop Earrings
Founder of a jewelry studio in Bali in 1975, John Hardy is now one of the largest employers on the island. Part of the Responsible Jewelry Council and the Kimberly Process Council, the jewelry house is certified sustainable and ethical. For each of the bamboo pieces, like these hoops, John Hardy will donate bamboo seedlings to help reforest the surrounding landscape.
Doina Cross Ring
Jewelry designer Monica Vinader’s collaboration with model Doina Ciobanu last year was her brand’s first enduring collection. Everything is made from recycled metals and shipping is carbon neutral.
Adorn this sustainably made choker with Monica Vinader charms. They change the look of the piece so it can be worn in multiple ways.
Jennie Kwon Designs Morganite, Diamond and Opal Leaf Ring
LA designer Jennie Kwon crafts each of her delicate pieces from fair trade gold and ethically sourced gemstones. Her romantic jewelry also makes great engagement rings.
Curb Chain Necklace
Everything in Mejuri’s repertoire is sustainably sourced and/or recycled, like this chain necklace we plan to wear on a loop this year. The company has also created a fund to promote female leadership.
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