Jewellery with a conscience (Day 158)…

pennib earrings

Waaaay back in March, I wrote a short little post about some eco-friendy jewellery I found that — gasp! — was actually stylish and — double gasp! — not made with recycled hemp (apologies to all the hardcore hippies out there but I just flat-out refuse to wear one of these).

It’s made by a woman named Reena Kazmann who sells her designs at Eco-Artware.com — personally, I love the typewriter key earrings, pen nib and transit token cufflinks and circuit board luggage tags.

There are other companies out there, like Moonrise or Swift, who offer similarly green options when it comes to jewellery, and here in Toronto I can usually find some good stuff at the One of a Kind Show.

But it’s not always easy, and I’ve always had a weakness for those $5 necklaces at H&M and fake gold hoop earrings at Le Château. Plus, every time I walk into Banana Republic, it’s guaranteed that there will be at least five things I desperately want in the display case.

Alas, the next time I want to accessorize a new outfit, it’ll have to be done with rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings from an eco-friendly, fair-trade and preferably local designer.

6 Responses to Jewellery with a conscience (Day 158)…

  1. besweet says:

    I recommend checking out etsy.com. They’ve got a ton of really nice options — all done by individual designers. Some of them are using vintage or found materials, but either way you’re supporting artisans who are making their products themselves.

  2. greenkarat.com uses recycled metals and manufactured diamonds in all of their jewelry. It’s not local (they’re based out of texas) but it is green. And you can buy carbon offsets to offset the cost of your purchase. Offsets aren’t perfect, but greenkarat ain’t cheap – unless you’re a hilton sister you won’t be buying from them regularly anyway. As the website says they’re a “responsible indulgence”.

    I love etsy too besweet 🙂

  3. Mido says:

    I second besweet’s rec on Etsy.com. Very cool stuff and almost all of it is handmade and not too expensive.

    Another incentive not to give into the $5 pieces at H&M and other stores: if they contain metal and are made in China, there is no guarantee that there isn’t lead and other metals you wouldn’t want on or in your skin.

    Keep up the great work Vanessa!

  4. loudalouda says:

    These cuff links are super cool… I’m glad I found this posting.

    I get weak-kneed for cheap costume jewelry myself, but after some research have found a lot of locally-made jewelry in my area (San Francisco). I’m also a sucker for vintage shopping which is pretty sustainable.

  5. Thanks for the links – some really nice ideas there. I’ve bought some really nice second hand jewellery.

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