11 exquisite ethical jewelry gifts for a shining holiday

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Elizabeth Magalski

An exceptional piece of jewelry is always a great gift idea. But with different tastes, jewelry can sometimes be a tricky gift to buy. Lucky for you, our team is a little jewelry-obsessed, so we gathered our favorites and curated a selection of handcrafted bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings made from responsibly sourced materials for every aesthetic. From the minimalist who loves an ultra-dainty piece to the eco-chic naturalist to the lover of bold statement pieces, we’ve covered it all. Explore our full Jewelry Collection for even more jewelry gift ideas.

For the Minimalist:

1. Lumafina Ursa Stud Earrings — $72

Lumafina’s one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry makes a seriously stunning gift. Owner Hilary Alexander is a self-taught designer and metalsmith who crafts every piece from start to finish alongside her team in a Portland-based studio.

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2. Salt + Still Loop Bracelet and Nimbus Bracelet — $72 to $108

Simple and sustainably made, Salt + Still’s jewelry is the perfect gift for the classically-inclined minimalist on your list. Made ethically in small batches using hand-hammered techniques and hand-carved beeswax molds, Salt + Still’s quality pieces not only have a timeless style, but are also made to last.

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3. Iron Oxide Waxing Moon Pendant Necklace and Beam Hooks — $72 to $89

Iron Oxide’s Waxing Moon Pendant is an exceptionally made piece featuring a beautiful brass half circle and a stone of your choice set in the middle. With turquoise, labradorite, opal, lapis, moonstone, and onyx stone options, you will certainly find the ideal variant for any jewelry-wearer in your life. Complete the look by adding a pair of Iron Oxide’s Beam Hooks for a knockout set that any minimalist will swoon over. 

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For the Naturalist:

4. Hathorway Horn and Rattan ‘Crescent & Donut’ Earrings — $56

Hathorway’s gorgeously designed rattan and buffalo horn combo is inspired by the rice fields of Tam Coc in Vietnam, and is the epitome of earthy chic. Each piece is made in the USA using responsibly sourced materials from Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea.

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5. Rose & Fitzgerald Layered Ring — $75

Rose & Fitzgerald’s heirloom-quality ring is handcrafted by artisans in Uganda from ethically sourced Ankole horn and pure brass. Your recipient can choose to let the brass develop a rich patina over time to create that antique feel, or it can be polished to keep the ring shining bright. 

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6. Son of a Sailor Pecos Leather Bracelet — $42

Simple and comfy, Son of A Sailor’s vegetable-tanned bracelet is a jewelry gift that even non-jewelry-wearers will love. With hand-painted colors and brass detailing, the naturally-tanned, double-strand bracelet can easily be used as a layering piece for the bold jewelry lover or can be worn by itself for the essentialist.

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For the Lover of Statement Pieces:

7. Lumafina BB Earrings — $40

Made with hand-cut wood and finished with a vibrant red-orange hue, Lumafina’s BB Earrings are a true conversation piece. And when the compliments come rolling in, your gift recipient can proudly share that these unique statement earrings are made from ethically sourced wood and are crafted in Portland, Oregon.

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8. L.Greenwalt Jewelry Abstract Geometric Statement Necklace — $116

Inspired by classical, modern, and architectural designs, the husband-and-wife team behind L.Greenwalt Jewelry creates truly unique wearable art. You won’t find anything else quite like this brand’s pieces! And L.Greenwalt’s seriously stunning necklaces, cuffs, earrings, and rings are made with ethically and sustainably sourced materials to boot.

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9. Son of a Sailor Frances Short Earrings — $72

Bold, yet elegant, Son of a Sailor’s Frances Earrings are the ultimate statement piece for any season. The natural gemstone creates a unique touch to these geometric, dangly earrings. All of Son of a Sailor’s pieces are made by a small group of artisan makers in their Texas studios.

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10. L.Greenwalt Simple Totem Geometric Necklace — $69

L.Greenwalt’s modern pendant necklace is an edgy-yet-feminine piece that instantly elevates any look. All of L.Greenwalt’s jewelry is ethically handmade in Portland, Oregon, from ethically sourced or recycled metals.

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11. Lumafina Gold Fill Herkimer Ring — $78

Lumafina’s dazzling ring features hand-selected raw Herkimer quartz stones (which are only found in Herkimer, New York) and a gold-fill band. Each stone is one-of-a-kind, creating an exceptionally special, keep-forever piece that will be treasured by anyone lucky enough to receive it!

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BONUS: Made Trade Gift Card

Can’t decide on a gift? Let them choose with a Made Trade gift card or digital gift card.

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