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Options for Eco Friendly Jewelry

Updated on August 12, 2011

Eco friendly jewelry is either made from recycled materials or naturally renewable materials harvested in a sustainable manner. There are some very stylish and sustainable accessory options available.

Using recycled metals to produce rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants and other accessories reduces the need for more mining. The mining industry and related activities require chemical processing, environmental disruptions, large consumption of fossil fuels and in some regions of the world is associated with conflict and exploitation.

Conflict Free Diamonds

Shimon and Boryana Farkas, the founders of Green Oro, encourage their clients to send in their outdated, broken jewelry in exchange for a store credit to their line of green jewelry. The gold is melted and refined on site in Houston, TX and transformed into modern pieces, which include conflict-free diamond rings. They support non-conflict created and recycled diamonds and gemstones. You can   wear jewelry without the guilt.

What are typically referred to as blood diamonds, are mined in war zones and used to finance warfare. The majority of diamond mine operations are in Africa. In July 2000 the global diamond industry worked with the United Nations, governments and non-governmental organizations to create a certification process to prevent blood diamonds from entering the diamond marketplace. The 2006 motion picture Blood Diamond, staring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a dramatization of the origins of this certification process called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The film brought worldwide attention to the horrors of the diamond trade in western Africa.

Jewelry made from Recycled Material

There are many ways to be stylish and sustainable in any price range. At you can find hair clips, earrings, bangles and cuff-style bracelets made from recycled aluminium cans. These designs are both affordable and fun.

Kyler Designs, a jewelry manufacturer in San Francisco, uses recycled precious metals to produce fashionable eco friendly jewelry. Their designs are worn by famous actresses such as Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria and Cameron Diaz. Each piece is made in the U.S. using recycled stainless steel, 14K gold, sterling silver, black zinc and artisan glass.

Ivory Nut

You can also find eco friendly jewelry made from natural and renewable resources, harvested in a sustainable manner. At they sell fair trade jewelry made by artisans in South America. The artisans harvest nuts from the tagua palm tree in the Amazon rainforest. After four to eight weeks the nuts dry and become extremely hard. The tagua nut is also called the ivory nut. It can be cut and shaped like stones and died a variety of colors.

Beading Tagua Nut Jewelry


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      Carolyn 6 years ago

      Such an interesting article. I've never been a diamond kinda of girl but I did not realize that most of the diamonds came from war zones. It is good to find out that there are options out there that are better for the environment. Any kind of mining is bad for the environment but I never realized how bad gold was.

      I did not know about Ivory Nut jewelry and will be looking into that.

      Thank you to the commenter a

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      GK 6 years ago

      This is a great article, but I'd just like to add some more info on gold mining -- which is a big part of the reason why jewelry-making can be so environmentally harmful. Gold mining is terrible for the environment for two main reasons. First, it pollutes the environment with toxic substances like mercury and cyanide. (Gold mining is the second leading cause of mercury emissions, after coal-fired power plants.) Gold mining also scars the landscape, leaving behind giant craters stretching a mile wide. By choosing recycled gold, jewelry shoppers can reduce demand for new gold mining and limit their environmental impact. - GK,

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      Anamgs 7 years ago from Spain

      Nice one! I like it!

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      Moxyl 7 years ago from Global Village

      Hi there, thanks for introducing eco-friendly jewelry, however can you also explain how eco-un-friendly with normal jewelry??

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      daktari 7 years ago

      Wow, I knew about eco friendly clothing but not jewelry. Interesting to see what's out there, they don't look bad at all, feasible alternative to blood diamonds.