From Uganda to Turkey, China to Brazil, ethical jewellery is everywhere nowadays, and this year’s picks in this category represent that.
View the winner and highly commended in the Professional Jeweller Collections of the Year 2021 Ethical Jewellery category below:
The Silver Sprite – The Renaissance Collection
The Silver Sprite is little over a year old, a company born in October of last year, and it is already doing its utmost to operate in as sustainable a manner as is possible.
It brings together pieces and materials from all around the world – from the silver mines of Mexico to the amethyst caves of Brazil, as well as ancient amber from the Baltics.
Its new range of egg necklaces, the Renaissance Collection, represent our rebirth as we emerge from the pandemic. The pieces were all designed by the company and manufactured by its partner in China.
They are sustainably produced, using recycled sterling silver rather than virgin resources.
Meanwhile, each egg is emblazoned with a glittering display of either white or coloured cubic zirconias and, of course, they are all named after Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.
Ana Dyla – Tell Your Story
Ana Dyla promises that all of its jewellery is produced ethically as part of a small-scale production process that not only ensures its sustainability, but also its exclusivity.
Using only recycled 925 sterling silver and gold, the brand manufactures in workshops in Turkey, monitoring the entire process. The collection in gold and silver invites women to tell their story through Ana Dyla’s jewellery.
Akola – Unlock-it
Akola provides job opportunities through vertically-integrated manufacturing, employing Ugandan women to make its pieces.
The Unlock-it collection is not a locket but a bracelet, made with magnetic clasps and twin crystals representing both wearer and maker, as well as the relationship that they share. It was inspired by the 200 Ugandan women who create it.
Betts Group – 2021 wedding rings
In April 2021, Betts Group launched its new wedding collection. It combines centuries of metallurgical knowledge with tube casting and CNC lathes to produce quality British-made wedding rings. They are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and weights. All manufactured gold products at Betts Metal Sales are made from responsibly sourced Single Mine Origin (SMO) gold.
Find out the winners and highly commended collections in all other nine categories here.