Tips for Buying Ethical Jewelry

Valentine’s Day is just a few short weeks away. Lots of people have jewelry on the brain this time of year; people want to show their love, and jewelry is a wonderful way to do that.

I think jewelry speaks to people because it’s so personal. We have to wear clothing, but adorning ourselves with jewelry is a choice. Coco Chanel once said that jewelry is how you tell your personal story, and I think that’s a succinct and insightful observation about the allure of jewelry.

If you’re thinking of buying some jewelry for Valentine’s Day, for yourself or someone else, it’s important to consider how this highly personal choice affects others. When you choose ethical, fair trade, or recycled jewelry, you demonstrate your awareness and consideration for everyone in involved in the mining, production, and creation of that piece of jewelry.

1. Buy Fair Trade Jewelry

When it comes time to buy a piece of jewelry, think carefully about purchasing fair trade jewelry; this is especially important with gems like diamonds. Purchasing fair trade jewelry means that people, including minors, were paid a fair wage for their work. And it means that the funds from that jewelry won’t go to fund wars or other atrocities.

You can find more information on how to buy fair trade jewelry in this older post.

We also sell some fair trade jewelry at Earth Divas that’s made from Tegua seeds; take a look!

2. Buy Recycled Jewelry

Recycled jewelry is another wonderful choice for Valentine’s Day, and there are so many wonderful options out there! Here are some of my favorites from Etsy.

These earrings, sold by DeliriumAccessories, used to be screw covers back in the ’70s. Now they’re modern, stylish studs!

This lovely ring is sold by SilverwareJewelryEtc. It used to be an antique spoon, and now it’s a beautiful ring.

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