My 5 Favorite Ethical Accessories

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I used to joke that Coco Chanel’s advice to take one item of jewelry off before leaving the house would leave me sans any jewelry at all.

Though I enjoy a bit of eccentricity in my outfits, I have tended to pick out only one special jewelry item each morning to finish off my look. I don’t usually wear earrings and a necklace at the same time, for instance. And I avoid bangles and other statement pieces around my wrists.

But over the years, I’ve added a couple pieces that I never take off, including my engagement ring, a nose piercing and a simple gold-plated cross bracelet from Alex & Ani. By my high school self’s assessment, I’ve become a bit of a jewelry maximalist. But the key is keeping things simple, classic, and streamlined so that the everyday pieces accentuate rather than distract from what I value and how I live.

Without further ado, here are the…

5 Sustainable Jewelry Pieces I Wear (Almost) Every Day

1 | Nose Ring or Small Stud

By: Metal Lotus

Sustainable because: Artisan made in the USA with recycled and sustainable materials. Many items are made to order for added sustainability (less waste!).

Why I like it: There are tons of customization options, from metal type to gauge to backing style – you can even choose your nose ring circumference – which means you can get a comfortable piece that works best for you.

My Favorites: Tiny Gold Dot, Gold Nose Ring

DISCOUNT: Get 15% off with code, STYLE15

2 | A Classic Watch

By: Nordgreen

Sustainable because: Timeless designs made with materials sourced from countries with good labor laws, Nordgreen partners with 3 NGOs that contribute to clean water, kids’ education, and rainforest conservation.

Why I like it: The quality in person is exceptional, and the minimalist Danish design feels right on-trend without being trend driven. You can customize for the watch face design and size, metal, and band color, which means you’re getting a product you don’t have to settle for. Now I don’t have to incessantly check my phone to know what time it is!

My Favorites: 32mm Infinity, 36mm Philosopher (vegan bands available)

DISCOUNT: Get 15% off with code, LEAH15

Leah Wise

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.

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