Even those people who eat organic foods, exercise daily and contribute to environmental causes are often still wary of eco-friendly jewelry. Maybe because for quite some time the kind that most of us tended to see was thick hemp-rope necklaces or weirdly recycled bits and bobs hung on string at art fairs.
But these days, there are a number of companies and designers working with recycled metals, certified diamonds and low-impact production processes, creating jewelry that's every bit as lovely as anything you'll find at a national jewelry retailer, but in the cases below, with a much more handcrafted feel. (Want to know more about the pollution and human rights issues associated with traditional jewelry practices? Read here and here.)
Some of these designers go even further than using planet-friendly materials; donating money to humanitarian and environmental causes for each piece sold, or running their businesses carbon-neutrally (via solar panels on the roof, recycled packaging, or offsets).
Anjolee's gold is recycled and their diamonds are certified conflict-free; they manufacture all their own jewelry and maintain rigorous standards for the clean disposal of waste materials. Their tennis bracelets are standouts, with both traditional and more decorative patterns like the one shown here.
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