We mentioned it earlier but now let’s take a deeper dive into how we applied our ethical and sustainable jewelry guide to pick the brands for this topic. 

There were a few main categories that captured our artistic gaze:


The first thing we do with any brand is check to see what materials are being used. For art, we looked for anything that was made from naturally sourced materials (namely, paper, cotton and cork). When it comes to jewelry, we’re big fans of repurposed or conflict-free metals (although repurposed leather and other adornment materials get a thumbs up from us too).

It’s important for us to mention that it was somewhat difficult to find a lot of brands who used sustainable materials, which speaks not to the disinterest in sustainability but instead the inequalities in business. When Black owned brands are not on a level playing field from the get go due to the disadvantages they face, they’re less likely to be able to afford more sustainable (read: expensive) materials. This makes our support for these types of business that much more important. 

Ethical supply chain and transparency:

Transparency is always important when it comes to choosing brands who end up on our website. The more they know about their products and processes, the better.

When jewelry brands are able to trace their metal sourcing to fair trade artisan mines or artists are able to trace their materials to sustainable forestry, we’re big fans.  

Given that most of these brands had a sole designer and creator, that means they really know their stuff, at least on the manufacturing side of things. The supply side can get a little more convoluted so we were happy to see any sourcing info provided.

Cultural representation and inclusivity:

If brands weren’t prioritizing sustainability at this point, we checked to make sure that ethics were a big part of their mission instead. Nearly all of these brands…

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