Nothing makes an outfit better than the combination of perfect accessories. And to match your curated ethically made outfit, you'll need to find responsibly and beautifully made jewelry. Over the years, many brands we love have come across our screens and we have curated a list of ethically made jewelry brands we are proud to work with, partner with, and share with you.
All People's Shackles Exchanged (APSE) declares that they create "poetic jewels designed to encourage you in your self-discovery process and are handcrafted to humanize everyone." Each piece hand-crafted and designed to guide you through a personal journey of change. From one day to another, one minute to the next, you change, evolve, grow, and with those changes, you require grace and forgiveness, and, most importantly, humanity. This is just a piece of their honorable production practices.
The creators at APSE make jewelry that inspires and replaces any shackles you have in place, mental or physical, and given to you by others or by yourself, with beautiful, responsibly-made jewelry.
We carry two of APSE best-selling pieces on our site the Gold Hoop and the Chain Necklace. These are just two of the many pieces in their collection that go perfectly with a timeless outfit that showcases your beauty and confidence.
What started as a personal endeavor to create the perfect personalized gift, GLDN started humbly on a hard kitchen floor. Now, years later, they've grown and shared hand-crafted, personalized jewelry with thousands of customers.
As they say, good things take time. As with all of the brands shared in this post, time is precious and the journey of waiting is always worth it. GLDN takes a different approach in offering diverse sizes, a range of price points, and nearly unlimited customizations for all of their jewelry which makes them incredibly unique, and each piece unique as well.
Not only this but 90% of their metals chosen are recycled, 10% of the profits from their sales are donated to organizations that align with their mission, and over 80% of their jewelry is made to order. When it comes to GLDN, it's a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Shop their entire collection and start designing your next perfect accessory.
Owned and operated by one of our Ambassadors, Ashleigh, Sela Designs values radical generosity. Through this mission, they give 100% of their profits to charity focusing on ending human trafficking. Empowering their customers to support both their mission and a creative small business through the purchase of well-made pieces.
With a ranging collection of necklaces, rings, and more, the true bread and butter of this brand are their handmade earrings. Each pair is thoughtfully designed and you are hard-pressed to shop without finding multiple styles to fall in love with. From simple and minimalistic to bold and striking, you will find a style that showcases your inner beauty and pairs well with tons of ethically made outfits.
If you value radical generosity, the fight against human trafficking, and well-made earrings, shop Sela Designs to find your next responsibly-made accessory.
Everyday style made beautifully and sustainably, that's the core of Dear Survivor. You've seen us parter with Dear Survivor in giveaways and it's easy to see why! Their collection is unique, breathtaking, and curated to fit timeless looks.
Similar to other brands on this list, the team at Dear Survivor focuses on empowering customers to vote with their dollars and support brands who are driven to make impactful change. They design sustainably by choosing to make their pieces from scrap metals and giving new life to otherwise discarded materials. Plus, for every sale they make, they donate a portion of that to GenerateHope an organization focused on fighting human trafficking, and with their customers' support have already donated over $30,000 to their programs.
Dear Survivor pieces are also allethically made. They have trusted partnerships with Refugee Artisan Initiative, a 501(c)(3) in Seattle that connects women with artisanal skills they brought from their home countries with designers like Dear Survivor. These women, who are refugees, use their unique gifts and personal touch to help in making each piece perfectly and with quality top of mind. You canshop and support Dear Survivor and find the perfect necklace, earring, or ring for your own personal collection.
Sheena Marshall Jewelry
A trend amongst these brands is the value of taking time and attention to detail to create a piece of jewelry that really ends up being a work of art. The same is true ofSheena, owner of Sheena Marshall Jewelry. She embraces the slow process of metalsmithing. Each piece made by hand, delicately, carefully, and consciously.
Sheena believes that what you wear and how you show up in the world needs to come from somewhere inside where you find confidence and empowerment. The importance of choice and representation in the pieces you use to adorn your personal style cannot be overstated. Through this lens, she has created jewelry that is simple, functional, and consciously made. Each clasp, each stone, and each piece tells its own small story and adds to your life's story once it becomes yours.
Sheena's pieces are made to order to avoid needless waste and when there are scraps leftover or discarded, they do their best to reuse and make beautiful pieces from what would have been wasted and lost. You canshop all of Sheena's styles and find a piece that will become a beacon of confidence and empowerment with each wear.
Each of these brands is unique and beautiful in their own way; some with more similarities than others, but no two the same. You see, every maker, designer, metalsmith, or craftsman behind these brands is a person with a unique gift of making something from almost nothing. Bending, forging, stacking, pressing metal into shapes that have inspired people, countries, and societies for as long as we can remember. Not only that, but the love of the slow process is something truly remarkable because it's not the way to grow a business to millions in a few short years. No, instead the goal is slow, sustainable growth and the ability to donate, create, and share generously with others along the way.
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