15 Ethical and Sustainable Jewelry Gifts for a Shining Holiday

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts

An exceptional piece of sustainable 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 artisan 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 ethical and sustainable jewelry collection for even more jewelry gift ideas.

For the Minimalist:

1. Yewo Mwezi Earrings — $38

These striking earrings can be worn with just about any outfit for an understated, chic touch. ‘Mwezi’ means ‘Moon’ in Tumbuka, the language of Northern Malawi, where Yewo’s jewelry is ethically handcrafted. Artisans use recycled brass to create these one of a kind pieces in a solar powered, carbon neutral workshop.

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2. Yewo Muli Recycled Necklace — $36

Beautiful and minimalistic, this recycled necklace features locally sourced clay stone and slate stone on a satin gold plated chain. It’s sustainably handmade in Malawi in a solar-powered workshop. 

YEWO is a woman-owned jewelry brand who employs makers in the rural Manchewe village of Malawi, where their products are made in solar powered, carbon neutral, off-the-grid jewelry workshops that adhere to fair trade standards.

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Muli recycled necklace

3. Salt + Still Fossa Hoops — $58

Simple and sustainably made, Salt + Still’s jewelry is the perfect gift for the 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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4. Abby Alley Hexagon Cuff Bracelet — $68

This is an effortlessly chic cuff that’s made with casted brass. Abby Alley is an ethical fashion label dedicated to producing beautiful products while creating job opportunities for women artisans in East Africa. Abby Alley works exclusively with artisan cooperatives to provide safe working environments, ethically sourced materials, and fair wages.

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hexagon cuff bracelet

5. Giulia Letzi + Meti Jewelry Leona Upcycled Drop Earrings in White — $38 to $56

Handmade from upcycled plastic and recycled sterling silver or gold-filled metals, these lightweight earrings from Giulia Letzi + META Jewelry are designed with both sustainability and functionality in mind.

All of the brand’s jewelry is consciously made in small batches in Arlington, Virginia.

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Giulia Letzi Sustainable Earrings

For the Naturalist:

6. Son of a Sailor Mesa Bracelet — $28

This Mesa Bracelet is made with Japanese glass beads and features brass accents on a leather cord. Adjustable and available in six colors, there’s an option for everyone on your shopping list. 

Son of a Sailor is a women-owned company who creates stunning handmade jewelry. All their products are meticulously handcrafted by a small group of makers who are paid fair wages.

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Mesa bracelet

7. LIKHÂ Geometric Mother of Pearl Earrings — $35

Made from mother of pearl that is sourced as a byproduct of the food industry and crafted in a World Fair Trade Organization certified workshop, these elegant earrings are gorgeous and ethically made.

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geometric mother of pearl earrings

8. Iron Oxide Milky Way Teardrop Ring — $169

This teardrop ring is handmade in Washington with sustainably sourced opal. Iron Oxide is a women-run and women-owned company who uses ethically sourced or lab-grown gemstones to ensure all of their products are conflict-free.

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milky way teardrop ring

9. Abby Alley Eliza Ring — $48

Handcrafted by artisans in Kenya from brass and responsibly sourced bone, Abby Alley’s Eliza Ring is a sophisticated and sustainable piece.

The gold and white ring can easily be worn with a chic dress for special occasions or slipped on to dress up a more casual outfit.

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Abby Alley horn and brass sustaianble ring

10. Hathorway Saigon Horn Pendant Necklace — $68

Hathorway’s stunning horn pendant necklace comes in multiple colors and is made using ethically sourced buffalo horn. Designing their jewelry pieces with minimalism and sustainable materials in mind, Hathorway is a women-owned brand who provide fair wages and safe working environments for all of their artisans.

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saigon horn pendant necklace

For the Lover of Statement Pieces:

11. Yewo Kwera Recycled Necklace — $44

This one-of-a-kind necklace adds the perfect amount of sparkle and shine to impress the statement piece lover on your shopping list. The durable satin gold plated chain beautifully holds the locally sourced clay stone and slate stone, and it’s made in a solar-powered workshop. 

YEWO is a women-owned company who pays their makers in Malawi wages that are 2-3 times higher than the national average. They also work in healthy working conditions in a solar-powered, carbon neutral, and off-the-grid jewelry workshop.

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kwera recycled necklace

12. L.Greenwalt Jewelry Flame Necklace — $78 to $87

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! L.Greenwalt’s seriously stunning necklaces, cuffs, earrings, and rings are made with ethically and sustainably sourced materials to boot.

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flame necklace

13. Iron Oxide Polaris Earrings — $168

Bold yet elegant, Iron Oxide’s Polaris Earrings are the ultimate statement piece for any season. The natural gemstones create a unique touch to these geometric, dangly earrings.

With turquoise, labradorite, opal, lapis, moonstone, and onyx stone options to choose from, you will certainly find the ideal variant for any jewelry-wearer in your life.

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Ethical and Sustainable Gold Polaris Earrings

14. L.Greenwalt Full Deco Necklace — $78 to $92

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

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15. Abby Alley Cubed Necklace — $78

Handcrafted by artisans in Kenya, this beautiful brass necklace can easily be worn for formal occasions and everyday wear. Abby Alley works exclusively with artisan cooperatives that provide a safe working environment, fair wages, and ethically sourced materials. Their artisans are also given extra provisions for healthcare and transportation.

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cubed necklace

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BONUS: A Made Trade Gift Card

Still can’t decide what to get them? Let them choose with a Made Trade Handwritten Gift Card or Digital Gift Card.

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