By Katy Carik
For a long time, the jewellery trend was tiny. Delicate little bracelets, nearly-not-there earrings and fine chain necklaces with subtle pendants – like your initials or something. But all of that is changing. It’s all gone a bit Iris Apfel, in fact – chunky necklaces are loaded upon each other, the cocktail ring has made a comeback, and earrings?
Well, to be on trend this season, they should be big. Bold. Colourful. On the runways, we saw a lot of huge hoops, giant pearls, and sculptural-type earrings. The message was clear: now, earrings should make a statement. But for us, one of those statements should be ‘sustainability’. There’s really no excuse for jewellery not to be made from ethically sourced or recycled materials, and here, we’ve found 10 ethical statement earrings you’ll love.
Brooklyn-based designer Laura Lombardi creates clean-lined, minimal jewellery that plays with proportion and scale. Each piece is handcrafted from a mix of new, recycled and reclaimed metals that Lombardi finds on her travels. We love these gold chain-link, cascading pieces, which elongate the neck.
Meadowlark’s founders Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont handcraft each piece using ethically sourced materials. These earrings, cast from silver in the shape of leaves and anchored with glossy freshwater pearls, are an absolute departure from the typically demure, tiny pearl dot earrings. Wear yours with a loose bun to let them swish freely.
Inspired by vintage designs, ancient symbols, and indigenous cultures. Ariana Boussard-Reifel’s jewellery is handcrafted from sustainable materials like recycled silver. Her current collection is inspired by the powerful women that have come before us; this particular set is named for Native American activist Winona LaDuke.
4. Cult Gaia
Known for their straw and bamboo “it bags,” Cult Gaia has now expanded into jewelry. These statement green resin earrings come in the shade of the season (green, obviously), and are as memorable as their iconic ark bags. They’re made locally in L.A. from gold tone metal and resin beads.
5. Bibi Marini
These “Sundrop” earrings are lively and fun, but light. They won’t give you a headache, or elongate your earlobes, since they’re made from fabric and faceted beads. As an ethical brand, Bibi Marini works with Colombian artisans and indigenous fabric techniques to create her endlessly fun jewellery designs.
6. Saskia Diez
We love these minimalistic earrings, which still make a statement due to their length. The silver chains are made with recycled materials and stretch all the way down to your décolletage to sensually highlight your neckline and collarbone.
Melissa Joy Manning’s long, crystalline earrings are strung with five Herkimer diamonds that remain in their natural organic state. Handcrafted from recycled 14-karat gold, this pair has delicate chains to create subtle movement and falls just below the jawline.
8. Mercedes Salazar
These earrings might be everything I’ve ever dreamed of. They’re like little floral sculptures that simply scream ‘spring’. Mercedes crafts her earrings in collaboration with indigenous groups throughout Colombia, and uses different traditional techniques from each group.
These elegant teardrop earrings come with a touch of bohemian fringe. Handcrafted in France from local marble and FairTrade gold, you should know that Aurélie also participates in the Kimberley Process to help end the trade of conflict diamonds.
10. Johanna Ortiz
Bold is beautiful has to be the mantra for these oversized Johanna Ortiz ethical statement earrings. Perfect for the beach or summer vacations, they were handcrafted in her studio in Colombia from natural straw and lacquer beads.
Main image: Bibi Martini
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