Chic & Conscious: Creating an Ethical Jewellery Wardrobe

Dive into the beautiful world of sustainable jewellery - where each piece isn't just beautiful, but also ethical. Gone are the days when you had to sacrifice your style for your values!

We’ll show you how to craft a versatile and stylish collection accessories for any occasion.
You'll learn everything about stying gold necklaces, to how to stack your rings, and even the materials that are popular in the market. The key is finding jewellery that not only looks great, but is also just as kind to our planet. It's time for you to discover accessories that tells a story with every piece crafted carefully to ensure it’s both cherished for life.

Starting Your Eco Jewellery Collection

Begin by researching the ethos of jewellery brands to ensure their practices align with sustainable and ethical standards. Pay particular attention to transparency in their sourcing and production processes. Learning about different certifications like Fairtrade and the Responsible Jewellery Council can also guide you in choosing pieces that meet high ethical standards.

Furtherm, familiarise yourself with the sustainable materials used in ethical jewellery, such as recycled metals and ethically mined gems. Each piece of jewellery has a unique story, from the sourcing of its materials to its creation. Understanding these stories not only enhances the value of each piece but also deepens your connection to your jewellery collection.

Jewellery Materials 101

There are a variety of materials used in sustainable and ethical jewellery. Understanding the origins and benefits of each material can help you make informed choices. Here’s an overview of the popular materials that you will see:

Gold: Prized for its beauty and durability, choosing gold that is responsibly mined or recycled helps reduce environmental impact. Sustainable gold comes from sources that prioritise ecological protection and provide fair labor conditions.

Sterling Silver: Like gold, sterling silver can also be sourced sustainably. Opting for recycled sterling silver helps decrease the demand for new mining and reduces the overall environmental footprint of your jewellery pieces.

Stainless Steel: Known for its strength and resistance to corrosion, stainless steel is an increasingly popular choice in ethical jewellery making. It is 100% recyclable, which diminishes its environmental impact, making it a sustainable option for modern jewellery.

Diamonds: When choosing diamonds, look for those that are ethically sourced or certified by organisations like the Kimberley Process, which ensures the diamonds are conflict-free. Ethical sourcing also considers the environmental and social impacts of diamond mining.

Recycled Metals: Using recycled metals such as gold, silver and platinum reduces the need for new mining, thereby lessening the environmental impact and supporting sustainable practices in the jewellery industry.

Lab-Grown Diamonds: These diamonds are created in controlled laboratory environments, replicating the natural growth process of diamonds without the significant environmental or ethical concerns associated with traditional diamond mining.

Mastering the Art of Jewellery Layering

Layering jewellery allows you to express your personal style through a mix of textures, lengths, and designs. Here's how to master different types for your style:

1. Necklaces

The key to layering sustainable necklaces is to mix lengths and styles to create an interesting visual texture that enhances your neckline. Start with a shorter necklace, perhaps a choker or a close-fitting piece, and gradually add longer chains or pendants. Consider varying the materials or incorporating a statement piece amidst simpler chains to make your ensemble stand out. Ensure each piece is distinct enough to avoid tangling, yet cohesive in the overall look.

2. Rings

Stacking rings is a creative way to showcase your style and flair for design. Begin with a basic band and add other rings of varying thicknesses and designs. Mixing metals, such as combining rose gold with sterling silver, can add an eclectic touch. Include a feature ring, like a large gemstone or an intricately designed piece, to serve as the focal point of your stack.

3. Earrings

For those with multiple piercings, coordinating earrings can be both fun and stylish. Start with a staple piece, such as a classic stud or a small hoop, and then add more daring designs like larger hoops or drop earrings. To maintain a balanced look, keep heavier or more elaborate earrings lower on the earlobe and simpler, smaller pieces higher up. This approach ensures each piece gets noticed without overwhelming your overall style.

Maintaining Your Sustainable Jewellery

Caring For Your Jewellery

Caring for your sustainable jewellery requires gentle handling and eco-friendly cleaning methods that protect both the piece and the planet. For regular cleaning, opt for a soft, damp cloth or a mild soap solution to gently wipe the surface of metals and stones. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials that could damage delicate components.

For more thorough cleanings, consider eco-friendly professional services that use biodegradable solutions. Proper storage is also crucial; keep your jewellery in a cool, dry place and use soft pouches or lined boxes to prevent scratching and tangling.

Repair & Recycle

Maintaining the longevity of your jewellery doesn’t just mean careful handling; it also involves thoughtful repair and recycling practices. Encourage the repair of broken or worn pieces to extend their life, rather than discarding them. Look for local artisans or services that specialise in sustainable repair practices.

Consider the recycling options available for your jewellery. Many brands and workshops now offer recycling programs where old pieces can be repurposed or melted down for new creations, significantly reducing the environmental impact of new material sourcing. By choosing to repair and recycle, you contribute to a circular economy that values resourcefulness and sustainability.

Shopping Ethical & Sustainable Jewellery

As you embrace the world of sustainable jewellery, remember that each piece you choose not only enhances your style but also supports ethical and environmentally friendly practices. From the careful selection of materials to the art of layering and maintaining your pieces, every step you take contributes to a more sustainable future.

Stride Store is here to guide you through this journey with a diverse collection of ethical jewellery that marries beauty with responsibility. Explore our range and discover accessories that resonate with your personal style and values. Visit us today and start curating a jewellery collection that you can wear with pride and peace of mind.