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COLLECTIONS OF THE YEAR 2019: Ethical Jewellery

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From bridal designs to fashion-focused pieces adorned with ethically sourced stones, these collections have been made with love from start to finish.

View the winner and finalists here…

WINNER: Madestones – Madestones X Royal Wings

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Imagine a constellation of stars that create a circle of light in the night sky. Madestones took this inspiration and replaced the night stars with 70 twinkling lab-grown diamonds with a total weight of 2.55ct in D-F colour and VS quality, to create the classic tennis bracelet with modern influences. Made in partnership with Italian jewellery brand, Royal Wings, innovation and the latest laser-welding technology resulted in a lighter, more flexible version of the much-loved design, with finished pieces weighing only 3.5 grams. Made in Italy, this collection of 18ct gold lab-grown diamond tennis bracelets offer consumers a quality, classic product at an exceptional price. A minimalist design makes the sustainable stones stand out against a recycled gold background. Unveiled at IJL for the first time, these bracelets performed above expectations, with the brand founder noticing a positive shift in the UK market’s reaction to lab-grown diamonds. And it appears our poll backs this up as Madestones won the Ethical Jewellery Collection of the Year honour by scooping 41% of the votes.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Atelier Swarovski – AS X Penelope Cruz


Taking consumers to the red-carpet, Atelier Swarovski once again partnered with Spanish actress, Penelope Cruz, on a line designed to promote conscious luxury. The Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewellery collection is the latest in a line of initiatives by the group to become more sustainable. Crafted in responsible sourced gold, the range is adorned with Swarovski Created Diamonds and lab-grown gemstones. Pieces nod to the red carpet and a classic Hollywood glamour, with vibrant reds and blues accompanying a range of stone shapes and sizes. Atelier Swarovski’s collaborative collection with Penelope Cruz has been scooped up by leading luxury department stores in the UK, with many commending Swarovski for its efforts to put compassion and suitability at the heart of the collection. The sensual and feminine designs include drop and stud earrings, rings, necklaces and a pendant, in a series of vintage-inspired silhouettes.

Lebrusan Studio – Hera


This year, UK-based boutique jeweller Arabel Lebrusan (now trading under the name Lebrusan Studio) launched a new collection of ethical engagement rings inspired by goddesses of Greek mythology. The Hera collection has been thoughtfully designed to celebrate the goddess within, and individual pieces are named after well-loved goddesses, including Hera, Demeter and Hestia. The line offers a selection of ethical rings in designs including bezel-set solitaire and trilogy arrangements of traceable Canadian diamonds, lab-grown yellow diamonds and Malawi sapphires and rubies. The shoulders of each piece feature intricate scrolls, which have been hand-engraved by artisans in the heart of London’s famed jewellery district, Hatton Garden. Crafted from Fairtrade and fair-mined ecological gold and platinum as well as traceable gemstones, the Hera range offers couples a chance to celebrate their love with an empowering and ethical piece.

Sorrel Bay – Linea


Formed from hand-forged 18ct recycled and Fairtrade gold, Sorrel Bay’s Linea collection offers a new twist on the brand’s signature hand-hewn gold and diamond encrusted pieces. All of the striking gemstones come from sustainable sources, with the brand working closely with suppliers to ensure they are 100% ethically sourced and then hand-cut to make them one-of-a-kind. For the Linea line, raw Australian opals, irregular hand-cut indicolite tourmalines, rose-cut included grey diamonds and fern like dendritic agates all form designs that are inspired by the geology that has formed the unusual gemstone choice. Launched alongside a new website, the collection has been an instant hit, with many items now on a ‘waiting list’ for Christmas. As all pieces are hand-crafted in the UK, Linea not only promotes sustainable luxury and ‘slow fashion’, but it also elevates British craftsmanship.

The Rock hound – Molten Muzo


London-based The Rock Hound had the opportunity to be included in a new designer collaboration programme with Muzo Emerald Columbia, which has been created to raise industry and consumer awareness of Colombian emeralds. Muzo prides itself on complete transparency from mine to market and as such invited an exclusive group of designers who share a similar ethos to create a capsule collection of pieces that speak to their brand DNA while celebrating the beauty and rarity of Muzo emeralds. The Rock Hound created Molten Muzo, an eye-catching range that puts a spotlight on Muzo’s organic material, which is luminescent in its vivid green hue, and crafted the stones in golden tones of Fairtrade Gold. The collection is made up of rings, earrings and a show-stopping Candelabra necklace encasing 26.3 carats of Colombian Emeralds in 47.8g of 18ct Fairtrade gold.

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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