Why to buy: This piece is from the ‘MOP Tiles’ collection, which aims to explore the potential of mother of pearl and its many beautiful iridescent colours. MOP, otherwise known as nacre, is produced by mollusks as an inner shell layer, but it also makes up the outer coating of pearls.
Often overlooked and generally seen as a waste product of the pearl industry, it is a strong, resilient and iridescent material that has been used for thousands of years, mainly in the form of inlay and in various applications, but the material is now being used in high-end products such as this unique bracelet.
What we love: Exploiting MOP’s lightweight quality, Melanie chose to create large necklaces and bracelets for this collection. Utilising water-jet cutting technology, she was able to ensure that all the repeated components were exactly the same size before being threaded together on silk thread. This assembly method, referencing the classic pearl necklace, enabled her to achieve effortless curves and add volume to these otherwise flat mosaic-like forms.
Price: 3050 € / $3500 USD
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Why to buy: The Stardust choker by WASHED ASHORED is made from 100% recycled solid gold, along with post-consumer gemstones obtained from secondhand jewelry. By creating this beautiful choker from upcycled materials, WASHED ASHORED promotes a circular business model which allows them to refrain from being a part of various environmental and social issues that arise in the process of mining. The necklace comes to you packaged in a handwoven bamboo box that can be re-used or composted, recycled shipping box and carbon-free shipping.
What we love: Did you know that we are all made of stardust? We are made up of remnants of stars that exploded billions of years before us. This necklace was designed with sparkly diamonds to be reminiscent of the stars, perfectly shining on its own or layered with other jewellery. Igniting the connection between humanity and nature, wear your Stardust choker as a reminder to embrace the magic within you and shine bright.
Price: 2095 € | $ 2425 USD
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Why to buy: Not all that glitters is gold. The world of jewellery looks radiant and perfect from the outside. But often beautiful accessories also come at a high price! The transparency of supply chains, ensuring good working conditions and fair payment for all involved are major challenges. Lisa Zaiser observed other extremes besides these problems, such as seasonal jewelry that is made of cheap materials like copper or stainless steel and is fast-moving, or luxury jewelry from well-known, big brands that is so high-priced that you can hardly afford it. This called for a change, which is why the DEAR DARLING BERLIN was launched in 2019: A label for responsibly made, sustainable and affordable basics.
What we love: DEAR DARLING BERLIN’s necklace Stella, a delicate Singapore chain, is characterized by its’ fine, twisted links, that reflect the light, sparkle bright and lie comfortably on your skin. The brand uses fair resources and produces the high-quality fine jewelry pieces from the finest recycled 925 sterling silver and high-quality 18-carat gold plating in small family run businesses in Germany. With a length of 50cm, Stella is the perfect accessory for fancy layering looks!
Price: 109 € | $126 USD
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Why to buy: STEFANO NAVI's lab-grown diamond stud earrings are the perfect ethical and eco-friendly gift for the holidays. They're made with lab-grown diamonds (also called lab-created diamonds), which have a much lower carbon footprint, water use, and environmental impact than mined diamonds. Lab-created diamonds do not fuel conflict, making them the ethical go-to for jewelry.
STEFANO NAVI's designs are classic and timeless. Their jewelry has a premium feel, made with high-quality materials and superb craftsmanship, but at an affordable price.
What we love: STEFANO NAVI's jewelry is made entirely with recycled premium metals, which makes their jewelry a great choice for the eco-conscious jewelry lover. Lab-created diamonds can be up to 40% cheaper than mined diamonds, and these diamond stud earrings start at just $89- making them an affordable luxury.
STEFANO NAVI's jewelry is handcrafted in New York, and comes with a lifetime warranty. These studs are available in both white and yellow gold, in a variety of stud backs and settings, so you can be sure to find the perfect earring for whoever you're looking for!
Price: From 76 € | From $89 USD
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Why to buy: MAREN JEWELLERY is a brand to remember. The label artfully blends clear lines, minimal, timeless design with a well thought-out, sustainable concept: MAREN JEWELLERY is the perfect balance between timeless luxury and time-conscious sustainability. All pieces of jewellery are handmade in Germany from recycled gold and silver and set with lab grown diamonds.
The young company is based on clear principles: sustainability, responsibility and mindfulness. These pillars guarantee a holistic sustainability and ensure that your jewellery not only suits you, but also our planet. Because jewellery is most beautiful where it is in harmony with nature.
What we love: MAREN JEWELLERY is timelessly inspired and carefully handcrafted to last a lifetime. With their clean, minimal design, they enhance any outfit and can be worn in a layered look or as a standalone piece. The Drops of Memories ring is part of the new Memories of the Sea collection. We love the inspiration from the mysterious beauty of the ocean and the timeless yet modern design of the ring. Combine it with the Wilderness Eternity Ring for an absolutely timeless look!
Price: From 195€ to 4895€ | From $230 to $5,735 USD
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Why to buy: Eco-friendly jeweller Aurum by Guðbjörg has been making ethical jewellery in Iceland for over 16 years. AURUM incorporates sustainability principles throughout the company‘s operations, only using recycled and re-refined precious metals, buying materials only from certified fair trade companies and using conflict-free precious stones and lab grown diamonds. All the jewellery is made exclusively in either recycled 925 sterling silver and recycled 14K or 18K gold.
All the product packaging is also environmentally friendly, modelled on the Icelandic stones made out of “Saa Oaoer“ or mulberry paper. The brand also mitigates the carbon emitted when they ship orders by fundraising in aid of TreeSisters, a UK-based non-profit dedicated to tropical reforestation.
What we love: Basalt, the striking new collection is inspired by Iceland’s unique landscape. The arresting designs evoke the appearance of the magnificent basalt rock created by superheated magma which, like the jewels, is a feast for the eyes with its fusion of natural forces with fantastic forms. The Basalt collection comprises necklaces, rings, ear cuffs and earrings crafted from recycled 18K gold plate, 925 sterling silver and oxidised silver. Many of the designs also feature the luminous Moonstone, the stone of new beginnings. Strongly connecting us to the moon, to intuition and calming to the emotions, it exudes a glowing vitality that can re-energize the mind and body and wash negativity away.
Price: From €83,95 Euros / $95 USD
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Why to buy: JOULALA uses recycled precious metals sourced from conflict-free mine, this can be traced to supply chain of the silver source, which is a certified member of RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council).
Designed in Berlin, each piece is handcrafted in Thailand with small-scale jeweler offering fair working conditions with above the average wages and benefits to local craftspeople. Throughout the process, the remaining of silver JOULALA works with will then be recycled again. This is to ensure that all of the precious metals could be reused again, and aligned with the business model in minimizing waste (and mining activities)
What we love: Based in Berlin, JOULALA makes high quality jewellery in small runs of limited-edition to be worn every day. This Bali Hoop Earrings represent a twist to the classic staple hoop earrings. It is one-of-a-kind and sleek. Made from recycled sterling, they are crafted with care and accentuated with spikes teeth.
All pieces from the current VOL I Collection are made from solid sterling silver and plated with 18 carat white rhodium in order to increase the durability of each piece. JOULALA offers minimal packaging with plastic-free and carbon neutral shipment. The company also contributes to the preservation of the last surviving of the Komodo dragons. 10% of proceeds goes to Komodo Survival Program (Yayasan Komodo Indonesia), so you have a chance to save one too!
Price: 39-970 € | $45- $1120 USD
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