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You might think I’m not a jewelry person, but you would be wrong.
I believe in a good jewelry, but I also believe in not overdoing it. Coco Chanel is credited with saying that you should take one piece of jewelry off before leaving the house. Well, if I did that, I wouldn’t have any jewelry on anymore. But that one special piece can make a difference: in your mood, in the way your outfit looks, in the way you compose yourself.
I have started to branch out a bit. I recently purchased a delicate cross bracelet from Made in USA brand Alex & Ani that I keep tightened around my left wrist at all times. Some days I add statement earrings or a simple necklace. It’s not a lot, but it’s noticeable.
There are likely hundreds of jewelry makers doing innovative things with fair labor and sustainable materials, but for the sake of brevity, here are my top 9…
BUDGET/COSTUME (Up to $50)
1. Sela Designs
Simple geometric jewelry made with seeds and other natural materials with proceeds benefiting orphans.
My Pick: Black and Gold Earrings (Check out more styles on her website and see these worn here)
2. Hannah Naomi
Barely there, gently sculpted jewelry handmade in Portland, Oregon.
My Pick: Mini Bead Bar Stud Earrings
3. Hands Producing Hope
Lightweight jewelry with a boho twist produced under fair trade guidelines.
My Pick: Shalom Necklace (See my review here)
4. Happy Fox Studio
Handmade statement jewelry made with upcycled materials
My Pick: Ear Crawler (See my review here)
5. 31 Bits
Imaginative jewelry produced under fair trade guidelines.
My Pick: Constellation Hoops
7. Sharon Z
Edgy jewelry made with recycled and ethically sourced materials.
My Pick: Silver Spear Earrings (see my review here)
8. Edge of Ember
Classic luxury jewelry made with fair labor and sustainable materials.
My Pick: Edie Rose Bar Necklace
9. Ananda Soul
Bali-inspired motifs made fairly with profits benefiting homeless children.
My Pick: Ever Present Faith Nose Ring (see my review here)
Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.