15 Ethical and Sustainable Jewelry Gifts for a Shining Holiday

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts
Elizabeth Magalski

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 post 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. Sara Patino Jewelry Golden Orbit Cuff Bracelet — $165

This simple, yet striking, gold cuff from Sara Patino Jewelry is a timeless piece that goes with just about everything.

Sara Patino’s modern minimalist cuff was sustainably made from 100% recycled post-consumer gold, making it the perfect eco-friendly gift this holiday season.

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minimalist cuff made from recycled gold

3. Salt + Still Sheila Hoops — $92 to $129

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. Sara Patino Jewelry Flair Necklace — $92

Sara Patino Jewelry’s pendant is an elegant piece of sustainable jewelry crafted out of completely recycled 14K gold fill. Every one of Sara Patino’s pieces is responsibly made in small batches in St. Louis, Missouri.

Complete the look by adding a pair of Sara Patino Deep Diver Earrings for a knockout set that any minimalist will swoon over. 

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Sara Patino recycled gold necklace

5. Giulia Letzi Upcycled Drop Earrings — $90

Handmade from upcycled plastic and recycled sterling silver of 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. Hathorway Hoang Hau Buffalo Horn Geometric Earrings — $63

Hathorway’s gorgeously designed and sustainably made geometric earrings are naturally chic. These earrings are glamorous (“Hoàng Hậu”, in Vietnamese, translates to “Queen”!) yet down-to-earth. These dangling earrings have a bold, royal design but are made from natural, upcycled buffalo horn.

This ethical jewelry brand produces their pieces in the U.S. and pays all of their makers fair wages.

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White buffalo horn geometric earrings

7. 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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Rose and Fitzgerald fair trade ring - holiday jewelry gift

8. Son of a Sailor Shirin Bracelet — $30

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

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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Grenadine ceramic bead and leather bracelet

9. Abby Alley Eliza Ring — $40

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 can be slipped on to dress up a more casual outfit.

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Abby Alley horn and brass sustaianble ring

10. Hathorway Circular Drop Pendant Necklace — $68

This necklace, made from repurposed buffalo horn sourced as a by-product of the meat industry adds a touch of earthy elegance to any outfit.

Each piece from Hathorway is designed, assembled, and packaged in the USA using mindfully sourced natural and upcycled materials from Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea.

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Eco Friendly Necklace

For the Lover of Statement Pieces:

11. Stella Fluorescent Anemone Arc Hoop Earrings — $250 to $272

Braided hoops with individually placed gild tipped fringe, coupled with pods of bronze or silver; a shoulder-grazing, door knocking, statement earring. The Anemone Arc Hoops are hand made and botanically dyed and braided silk. Each piece is handmade in San Francisco, CA.

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Taupe statement fringe earrings

12. L.Greenwalt Jewelry Deco Skyline Necklace — $78 – $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! 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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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-$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 ethically handmade in Portland, Oregon, from ethically sourced or recycled metals.

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L.Greenwalt sustainable pendant necklace - holiday gift guide

15. Lesh Damla Necklace — $250

This vibrant, one-of-a-kind handwoven necklace is more than a piece of jewelry — it’s a work of art. Each Lesh piece is made-to-order by fiber artist and owner, Summer Moore, using traditional hand-weaving techniques.

Summer sources only the highest quality materials for her stand-out jewelry as well, using ethically-sourced cotton, hand-dyed small-batch cord, and thread made from recycled plastic bottles to craft every piece.

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Lesh handmade sustainable necklace

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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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