For all the happiness our jewellery brings us, one has to accept that unless their pieces are made and sourced according to ethical and sustainable practices, then likely someone is getting hurt for people to wear them.
Niccii Kugler, founder of Nash + Banks — a curated lifestyle platform and online store bringing together authentic, remarkable and sustainable brands — says the jewellery industry has a hidden cost.
“Beneath the shiny surface, unethical practices occur both within the supply chain and the production process. The mining of metals, precious stones and diamonds has a heavily documented history of exploitation, conflict, Indigenous people’s rights violations, child labour and environmental degradation.”
Kugler says shoppers need to keep their wits about them when buying jewellery to ensure they’re supporting brands who source and produce pieces in line with their own ethical values.
Read more about the dark side of the jewellery industry and what you need to look out for when buying your bling in our full chat with Kugler here, then return to discover our favourite ethical and sustainable jewellery brands below.
For her eponymous label, Sofia Maria creates sustainable, artisan fine jewellery inspired by organic lines, natural textures and imperfect forms. With an earth-inspired aesthetic and a minimal design, Maria’s pieces embrace the Japanese philosophy of ‘wabi-sabi’, which celebrates the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
She hand-crafts every item in her Manly studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and uses 100% recycled materials where she can. All materials are locally sourced and recycled within Australia.
Each piece is effortlessly elegant and made from 100% recycled metals whenever possible, with all materials being locally sourced and recycled right here in Australia.
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SOFIA MARIA //⠀ After obsessing over the beautiful and considered work of sustainable artisan jeweller Sofia Maria for the longest time, we are so excited to have a selection of her work now available on Nash + Banks. ⠀ ________________________⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Stop and take a moment to appreciate the minimalist beauty of the natural world captured in metal when you invest in a piece from Sofia Maria. With its earthy aesthetic and minimal design, all jewellery by Sofia embraces the Japanese philosophy of #wabisabi and celebrates the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.⠀ ⠀ Originally from Buenos Aires in Argentina, Sofia moved to Australia in 2016. With a background in fashion and textiles, she soon turned her attention to metalsmithing and fine jewellery making. The result is a line of fine jewellery inspired by organic lines, natural textures and imperfect forms.⠀ ⠀ With an intimate focus on craftsmanship, every item in this collection is slowly handmade by Sofia herself in her Manly Studio. Each piece is effortlessly elegant and made from 100% recycled metals whenever possible, with all materials being locally sourced and recycled right here in Australia.⠀ __________________________⠀⠀⠀ Head to our website to shop the range. ✨[Link in Bio]⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
Designed for sensitive skin, S-Kin is an ethical maker of fine jewellery in Australia. Founder Chi designs her pieces after country Victoria and the natural Australian landscape, and hand-crafts all items at her Melbourne studio from responsibly sourced materials.
She uses gold from the US and Brazil (where it is more common), freshwater pearls from Western Australia, and avoids diamonds altogether, opting for synthetic cubic zircons instead.
Her pieces are gold-filled and made from sterling silver to both reduce waste and ensure sensitive ears are not irritated. Even better, S-Kin Studio gives 1% of all sales to non-profits that work against climate change and protect the planet.
Sydney-based Japanese-born jeweller and designer, Momoko Hatano crafts fine pieces with a contemporary influence. She draws upon her experiences travelling for inspiration, plus looks to everyday objects and the simplistic nature of Japanese aesthetics in addition to the free-spirited nature of Australian culture.
She designs and makes every piece in her Sydney studio using Australian and recycled precious metals where ever possible, and sources all conflict- free diamonds from the Argyle mines in WA. Occasionally, she’ll use reclaimed diamonds that have been up-cycled from antique jewellery.
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Melbourne jeweller and designer Pip Stent handmakes every individual piece in her studio. Since she spends hours sifting through pearls and stones to find those worth treasuring, shoppers can rest assured they’re purchasing a truly one-of-a-kind piece that transcends the trends and will last a lifetime.
In addition, Stent sources diamonds ethically “because they sparkle better that way”, she says, and will happily accept commissions to bring your own visions for your jewellery to life.
“Working with responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, diamonds and precious metals, Pip uses her hands to translate your personal milestones and innate values into something more tangible. Want to give vintage or heirloom gemstones a new life? Pip is happy to merge your old treasures into your new ones,” her site reads.
Every piece to order in effort to reduce waste and ensure a sustainable approach. Marie handcrafts all jewellery to exercise control over the process, and works with a combination of recycled and new materials, depending on the requirements and supply.
She uses 100% recycled Australian sterling silver, 70% recycled Australian gold, and diamonds are GIA certified, sourced only with the explicit guarantee that they have been mined and cut in line with UN regulated guidelines regarding ethical and sustainable practise.
Ethical and fairtrade jewellery brand, Finders and Makers, source handmade accessories from artisans all over the world and supports makers, enterprises, and businesses engaged in the advancement of women.
The brand’s ‘Upcycle’ collection specifically supports women and children in developing communities, with pieces made in Ghitorni Village in Delhi, India, and features hand-crafted jewellery from leftover fabric materials.
Shaina, who finds the jewellery stocked on the platform, is an advocate for women’s financial independence and education and it is important for her to ensure her team of artisans are always given support to keep their children in school.
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