The Ethical Jewellery and Earring Trend and The Brands You Need To Know

We can’t ignore the huge conversation surrounding ethical fashion. It’s definitely not ‘just having a moment’ – its now spreading wider than clothing, with ethical jewellery being the next biggest thing.

But while you may know where to find trend-led pieces like sassy chokers or statement earrings, do you know how they’re made? Or even where they’re sourced? If you want to sharpen up your knowledge a little in regards to ethical accessories, read on….

First of all, I’ve started being more conscious of ethically sourced fine jewellery since earlier this year. But my recent love lies within dainty, classic earrings. AU | RATE is a brand I’ve recently fell in love with, especially their range of small 14k solid gold earrings. But I’ll touch on them next…

What is ethical jewellery?

In a nutshell, ethical jewellery is jewellery that has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment they’re produced in. There’s a list of ways to ‘statement’ this, so to speak, so I’ve listed them below:

  • Using materials you can trace back to the source, to ensure they’ve been produced in an ethical way, eg, fair trade materials and conflict-free diamonds
  • Using recycled materials such as gemstones
  • Using synthetic diamonds
  • Not using child labour and ensuring fair wages and working hours
  • Not using practices that pollute or impact the environment in a negative way


I became hugely interested in ethical jewellery when I decided to switch up my old way of accessorising, which was with large statement piece, and changed to fine, delicate pieces. I came across numerous retailers on my hunt for fine, dainty jewellery, but the ones that stressed they were ethical stood out to me.

It makes me feel better for the way I shop,  which is why one of the retailers I’m shouting about today are indeed an ethical jewellery brand, called AU | RATE.


AU | RATE believe that uou shouldn’t have to choose between high quality, fair pricing and doing good. So they focused on what matters: durable materials, transparent pricing, sustainable production, and tangible giving. Giving yo one less concession you have to make.

They are big believers in buying the best you can afford, and that goes for the materials they source, too. They seek out the purest 14- and 18-karat gold, procure pearls from Japan and the South Sea, and only use S1-clarity diamonds. Some of their pieces are statement and bold, and others are more classic – the style I like to take on when accessorising.

Here’s a few styles from the brand which I’m loving. They are literally stylish and pretty visually, yet made from the best quality 14k solid gold (yes, these are the earrings I told you about before!)


This is a gorgeous jewellery brand VIERI is handmade in Italy, where all pieces use ethically sourced and recycled gold. Guya Merkle, the creative director, is passionate about creating beautiful pieces that help to make a difference, which is one of the reasons she founded the Earthbeat Foundation.

The Earthbeat Foundation donates 10% of overall profits, which goes towards creating a better future for goldmining communities.

They have the cutest Tiny Clouds collection, which includes this bracelet below for €860 from VIERI


All of the WALD collection is handmade by a collective of unemployed mums or grandmothers, often from small villages, where there are limited jobs, especially not for older women who have been Mums their whole life.

Each woman is responsible for one model of the collection. The WALD team teach them over Skype and phone and they can make their living out of their home.

WALD share the following about their brand, ‘for us it is really important to be aware of where we spend our money. You can make such a difference when thinking twice and change the world each day a bit to be better. They are the heroes of our society and deserve jobs and appreciation.’

I particularly love this pretty shell necklace for around £168 from WALD

What are your views on ethical fashion and jewellery? I also wrote a blog post on being ethical in terms of tasks like clothes swapping and how to be thrifty, which you can read over here.



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  1. Kayla
    December 7, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    All of these are just so beautiful. I can’t decide what I love more, your wishbone necklace or that “A”. I’m thinking I need a “K” to match my nameplate that I’m known for.

  2. Jess
    December 9, 2018 / 1:13 am

    Beautiful pieces! So many great options i love the neutrality yet elegance of each piece…..great cause and reason for ethical jewelry 🙂

  3. Megan
    December 9, 2018 / 4:43 am

    Love the pieces you’ve included in the post. As information is so readily available nowadays, I think it’s so important that people buy ethically-sourced products!

  4. rachel
    December 12, 2018 / 1:45 am

    I love all these pieces they’re so unique! The earrings are so nice, look like great quality and can be worn for many occasions. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rachael
    December 13, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Love their jewelry! It is so simple and elegant and can be dressed up or dressed down!

  6. Kellee
    December 14, 2018 / 3:34 am

    I have always been so disgusted by the diamond market and wondered if the rest of the industry was going to become more conscious! I am so happy to hear about brands that use ethical practices!

  7. Van
    December 14, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    It’s extremely important to be ethically aware of what you’re buying and I’m glad you’re shedding some light on those that produce their jewelry ethically. All of the pieces look absolutely gorgeous as well.

  8. Matthew
    December 15, 2018 / 5:16 am

    It’s so important to take all the background stuff into consideration when buying things. Unethical products are wrong! Glad to see some people care.

  9. Michael
    December 15, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I love all of the pieces that you showed off in this post. They are all very stylish, affordable, and also they are ethical. It is very interesting and also reassuring that a company like this exists and that they are willing to take extra steps in order to create a higher quality product, both physically and ethically.

  10. Allison
    December 15, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    The ethical jewelry is so versatile and rare! The modern and chic style of the gold earrings is a trendsetting asset to any look!

  11. Shawn
    December 15, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I had never thought of the concept of ethical jewelry before, but it really opened my eyes after reading about it. Knowing the story of how a piece of jewelry is made and how it should be made are great ways to help improve the mindfulness and ethics of oneself and the industry.

  12. Giulianna
    December 15, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    These pieces are all so simple yet so beautiful. This makes it so easy for them to be dressed up or dressed down especially on a day to day basis. Also, love the morale of the company. It is definitely important to create an ethical as well as affordable product!

  13. Tabitha
    December 15, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Love this. It’s crazy to me how so many companies don’t think more critically about the impact their company has. Awesome strides

  14. Tatum
    December 15, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Before reading this, I was never introduced to ethical jewlery. Knowing what I know now, I will invest in brands like Wald Berlin and Vieri to better our world. I am in love with the Tiny Clouds collection, and cannot wait to see more!

  15. Fiona
    December 15, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    All the pieces of jewelry presented in this post are relevant and in style, I love everyone of them!! I love how you stress the important of being ethical especially in the world we live in today. People are always looking to purchase quality products at affordable prices. It is important to have companies like such around and the various products allow for customers to wear stylish pieces while feeling good about it too!!

  16. Kianna Martinelli
    December 15, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    For someone who does not wear jewlery often reading about ethical jewelry makes me want to find some cute new pieces ! Ethical jewlery is definitely something i will try to be more aware about

  17. Carolyn
    December 16, 2018 / 12:01 am

    Ethical awareness when purchasing jewelry is something that many people don’t even take into consideration. People need to educate themselves more on the companies they are supporting. The brands and pieces you included were very simple and elegant. Buyers could easily find similar products to these from other brands, but those brands might not be as ethical. These brands have the right idea!!

  18. Giulianna
    December 16, 2018 / 4:12 am

    These pieces are all so minimalistic yet so beautiful! I love how they can easily be dressed up and down so they can be worn on a daily basis. Also, I love the company morale! Its so important to be aware of the ethical standards companies keep!

  19. Andrew
    December 17, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    The idea of ethical jewelry is an exciting new fad that I can see taking off. To make something so beautiful and to able to wear it with a clean conscious is something that is somewhat rare in the fashion industry. I think the pieces are awesome!

  20. Sarah
    January 7, 2019 / 12:31 am

    These pieces are so classy and can be so easily dressed up or dressed down for any occasions.

  21. Jesse
    January 7, 2019 / 12:55 am

    Not so much of a gold woman but i really loved the design of the Gold on the necklaces. But for 168 euros it really instj a paid sale

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