July 31, 2018|
3 min read
The global jewellery industry emits a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions and mining for precious metals is one of the main issues. Alongside the environmental implications of mining, The Human Rights Watch highlight the hidden social costs of jewellery production, especially around worker exploitation and a lack of supply chain transparency. After learning about these issues, we wanted to find out how you can still wear jewellery without harming the environment or workers.
The answer we found is supporting jewellery designers local to the UK who create recycled jewellery. Eco silver is a material we found most commonly used by ethical jewellery designers to created recycled pieces, it is the same quality as normal silver but instead of coming from mines, the silver is made by recycling existing jewellery which may have now gone out of fashion.
In this blog we have picked some of our best-selling eco-friendly jewellery pieces on our store, all of which are made in the UK using recycled silver by independent jewellery makers who we work directly with. These eco jewellery pieces demonstrate that you do not have to compromise on quality or style when buying ‘new’ jewellery.
This beautiful necklace has this lovely hand-stamped message and acts as a subtle daily reminder. It is made by hand in West Sussex and there is also another version with the words ‘Breathe’.
This lovely necklace featured on Sustainably Vegan’s Christmas gift guide which you can see here (7:10). The whale tail pendant is cast in recycled silver and comes with an 18inch sterling silver chain. Each purchase of this necklace also gives back with 10% of the sale going towards the Marine Conversation Society, helping to keep our seas pollution free and protect our marine life in the UK. The jewellery designer, Smoke & Ash, has also just installed solar panels for their studio meaning that all power used to create their pieces are made with renewable energy!
This minimal ring is simple yet unique with a hand-engraved x symbol. The ring is forged from eco silver in the North of England and comes presented in an organic drawstring cotton bag.
This adjustable cord bracelet has a choice of 7 pretty charms made from recycled silver including heart, shell, anchor & starfish. The brown organic cotton cord makes for a great leather alternative.
Personalised necklace made to order in Devon with two types of finish available, hammered or polished. There is also an alternative faux suede option and with either you can personalise with the initial of your choice. Christy, the jewellery maker behind this necklace also uses renewable energy to power all of her jewellery making tools!
If you are looking for any other eco-friendly silver jewellery, you can check out all our ethical jewellery here.
Our co-founder Imogen wearing her favourite pieces by Smoke & Ash.