Where and who you buy products from can have negative implications that you might never have thought about. Shopping with a conscious, even when it is just for jewelry, is a great way to begin changing the way we live and have an impact on our world.
If you are looking for eco-friendly, fairly traded, or natural jewelry here are five different online retailers that each has a different approach to shopping with a conscious.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages features work from over one hundred artisans around the globe. The collection of fair trade jewelry is all handmade making every single piece a unique gift. I like the selection for its earthy feel, most of the pieces are brightly beaded accessories or use carved shells.
Greek Karat provides a place for the eco conscious shopper that is concerned with the jewelry industries impact on the earth to shop. The collections from Green Karat are created with recycled metals and gemstones, namely gold, titanium, and diamonds. There is a large collection of eco-friendly wedding and engagements rings as well as beautiful jewelry to spoil yourself with.
Green Karat goes one step further by allowing you to contribute to projects that are participate in emission reduction an buy carbon credits with your purchase.
Global Exchange is a collection of fair trade co-ops throughout the world all in one place. Each co-op focuses on a different craft and provides a unique line of jewelry. My favorite are the beaded bracelets, necklaces and earring from the Huichol people of Mexico. I was first introduced to Huichol beadwork when I visited the Mexican town of Real de Catorce in the Sierra Madres, the pieces on Global Exchange are of similar or better quality than I brought home myself.
Taraluna features both fair trade and green jewelry collections. I like Taraluna because of it’s huge collection of quality handmade semi-precious gemstone jewelry made from artisans in India. Also impressive are the hand carved wood and bone pieces of jewelry.
Take a look through the bracelets available, inlaid wood bangles and colored bone bracelets, and you will quickly see how unique the jewelry is that Taraluna brings to the market.
Zanisa has a vintage collection of recycled jewelry for both men and women. The artist uses discarded jewelry to recreate new pieces while keeping materials that are still of value out of landfills. Jewelry collections by other artisans include work that is eco-friendly, fair trade and natural. One of my favorite pieces is a bright pink hydrangea bloom captured in resin.