Why mine when you can reuse? That’s exactly what these 7 recycled gold jewelry brands do!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Ever wondered what happens to bits of old jewelry? Precious metals and gems are never out of style, and never lose their value, of course. So it’s not surprising that more and more recycled gold jewelry brands are emerging on the ethical fashion scene.
These ethical jewelry brands understand that today’s emphasis on individuality means there’s no need to follow accessories trends – a Victorian brooch holds just as much charm as an avant-garde ring, after all. They also understand that mining for new metals does incredible damage to the planet.
So instead, they’re offering consumers the option of buying recycled gold jewelry that’s made by melting down existing pieces of metal, It’s basically circular fashion, but for jewelry instead of clothes! Here are some of the best recycled gold jewelry brands we know.
7 Recycled Gold Jewelry Brands
Washed Ashore is one of our favourite recycled gold jewelry brands! This is a business who creates accessories with a touch of the sea. Each piece is locally crafted in the heart of Los Angeles, and not only does Washed Ashore use recycled gold, but they also employ pearls that are discarded by the mainstream jewelry industry because they’re slightly misshaped – but if you ask me, that gives them more charm.
Washed Ashore has also constructed a process that prevents the mass use of seashells by using a technique of cold-moulding, which is more eco-conscious than mass collecting scarce organic materials from the sea. We love these tiny, delicate, feminine creations!
The tiny flecks, scratches and irregularities that come along with the use of recycled gold don’t phase this American designer – in fact, she thinks they add to the uniqueness of a piece. And we agree! Her delicate earrings, rings and necklaces are nothing short of exquisite, and each piece is handmade in her studio from upcycled metals, meaning this brand is not only ethical, but it’s sustainable, too.
Modern, boho luxe aesthetics are infused with contemporary design in Amara Palm’s collections. This is one of the few recycled gold jewelry brands that caters to those who crave exotic escapes and laid-back luxury.
They work with premium, responsibly sourced materials, including ethically mined gold and semi precious stones, freshwater cultured pearls and recycled silver. The brand offers a fully sustainable option for those that seek affordable, premium handmade made treasures, whilst simultaneously reducing their environmental impact. And to conserve the planet even further, Amara Palm donates £1 of every order to plant a tree.
This enchanting brand from Iceland has recently launched their New Sand Collection. The humble material inspired the designer, as it’s something found in all nations and represents how tiny individuals create a whole. The name of the brand itself is the acronym for Ambition, Understanding, Responsibility, Unity and Mindfulness, and it lives up to these notions: most of their jewelry is handcrafted from recycled gold and silver in the brand’s integrated workshop and atelier in Reykjavik.
New York City based Catbird makes minimalist, recycled gold jewelry for cool girls. It’s definitely delicate, yet durable enough for everyday wear. All pieces are handmade from melted-down, existing 14-karat gold, and their ‘Sweet Nothing’ bracelet is a best seller.
We like it best styled with stacks of ‘Threadbare’ rings from the same collection. No matter how many you pile on, the vibe is always delicately beautiful!
Social responsibility is at the heart of the jewels made by the California-based metalsmith Andrea Bonelli. She hand-creates delicate metal-and-gem pieces using ethically mined gemstones that are perfectly set in recycled silver and gold. The resulting consciously crafted pieces are sophisticated in their simplicity, and are fit for every occasion. But what we love most about this brand is that every piece is fully unique. Isn’t that what you really want from your jewelry?
If you like recycled gold jewelry that really makes a statement, then you’ll Carolina Wong’s artistic pieces!
Meticulously handcrafted in her studio in London, her sculptural accessories all carry a natural elegance. The designer’s unconventional interpretation of jewelry strongly reflects her roots in textiles. This can be seen, for example, in the granny craft crochet vibes of her recycled gold and freshwater pearl choker. Through her unique designs, Wong creates wearable art.