Sustainable Diva: Ethical jewellery to wear now
You deserve a little treat. Caroline S. Asante, Velvet’s clean beauty, ethical fashion and eco-lifestyle columnist, shines a light on jewellery that’s beautiful, ethical, handmade in Britain - and affordable, too
A big hug to September. As we flip-flop between lockdown, social distancing and trying to create a new way of life during this period of uncertainty, let’s keep the momentum of community and gratitude we created nationwide during the last few months by supporting local - and, most importantly, British-made, sustainably-minded - businesses.
Sometimes it is the small treats in life that count. Here, I have curated a small collection of talented designers from across the UK who are creating beautiful, ethical, affordable, quality handmade jewellery which can lift the mood. As we head into a new season, treat yourself to one or all of these lovingly designed jewellery pieces.
Boho Wild & Free natural turquoise Ember ring, £10.50, bohowildandfree.com
A one-of-a-kind piece created by Surrey-based jewellery designer Stacey Maher, this design features three natural turquoise stones, said to bring good luck, health and abundance, set in a spiral, with an adjustable gold band.
Adorned by Yah Swirl gold ring, £10.50, etsy.com/uk
Ethically made from champagne gold-plated wire, this ring is crafted into a double swirl design pattern with loose coils on the shank. Handmade by Wolverhampton based designer/brand owner Kamariyah Yisrael, it immediately creates an impression.
Miss Beaujangles two-tone asymmetric earrings, £14, etsy.com/uk
These bold, very big, asymmetric earrings in two-tone blue gold and silver gold are stunners. Ethically handmade by Totnes-based designer Miss Beaujangles, they make a real statement with any outfit.
DallyandMack Art Deco earrings, £14.40, etsy.com/uk
Colourful Art Deco-inspired drop earrings made with hand-casted eco-friendly resin and brass components in fuchsia and gold, these beauties are designed and handmade in Worcester by Kelly Carpenter of DallyandMack. The ear posts and backs are hypoallergenic stainless steel so they're perfect for sensitive skin.
Little English Jewellery handmade turquoise gold ring necklace, £14.45, etsy.com/uk
This pretty handmade necklace, featuring turquoise beads wrapped inside a hammered gold-plated ring, makes a perfect affordable treat. It’s handmade and designed in Portsmouth by the Little English Jewellery company, known for its nature-inspired designs.
Caroline S. Asante MSc FRSA, a former BBC broadcaster turned environmental scientist, is the founding editor-in-chief of Sustainable Diva, an online platform championing conscious sustainability through wellbeing, clean beauty, ethical fashion and eco-lifestyle.
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