There’s something undeniably special about wearing uniquely handcrafted, fair trade jewelry that you can know was made slowly and thoughtfully with care.
And there are certainly plenty of artisan-made jewelry brands in this space! Not all artisan and fair jewelry brands are super fashion-forward, I will admit. So, I’ve curated a collection of 32 of my favorite ones with both style and heart.
Whether you’re looking for an investment piece or affordable pieces, there are options for any budget on this list. The aesthetics of these artisan fair trade jewelry brands also vary, so you’ll also be able to discover an ethical brand that matches your unique style.
Note: This guide includes affiliates and partners. As always, I only include brands I truly believe in and which meet high standards for ethics and aesthetics!
As a responsible brand, Nisolo is committed to providing fair wages, healthy working environments, and benefits to their employees. Their simple, minimal jewelry is all handcrafted with care by artisans. The brand has also recently joined the Lowest Wage Challenge, publishing their lowest wages to spark more transparency in the supply chain.
Arlokea is an ethical Black woman-owned jewelry brand with elegant and earthy bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. The jewelry is made by artisans in Vietnam, who use recycled bullhorn that’s been discarded by the livestock industry, and artisans in Ecuador, who use Tagua seeds that naturally fall from Tagua palm trees.
The artisan-made jewelry brand sources all of their pieces from a Fair Trade partner that ensures that every jewelry maker earns fair wages and has a safe working environment.
As a small, slow-minded jewelry brand, NAKIIT’s founder + owner handcrafts each piece with intention. In fact, every piece of jewelry the brand sells is made by the founder herself!
Nearly all of NAKIIT’s ethically-made jewelry is either made-to-order or one-of-a-kind, ensuring a minimal ecological impact and the highest attention to quality.
As if we could love this brand even more, NAKIIT also sources recycled sterling silver and gold, plus recycles any remaining metal scraps or dust after production.
YEWO’s elegant modern jewelry is made by artisans in small, thoughtful batches in a solar-powered jewelry workshop in a rural village in Malawi. In addition to working in safe conditions and earning a salary 2-3 times the national average, YEWO’s jewelry artisans receive paid time off, health insurance, two meals per day, and access to microloans. Each piece of jewelry is crafted from recycled brass and other materials like teak wood.
WorldFinds provides sustainable employment and just wages for hundreds of women artisans in India and Bali. These artisans handcraft both sleek metal fair trade jewelry and unique recycled Kantha pieces.
The fair trade brand is also earth-friendly, upcycling wood scraps from a furniture factory and Kantha fabric remnants to create its exceptional Kantha jewelry collection.
Remake-approved ethical jewelry brand Astor + Orion sources their jewelry from a factory with multiple certifications ensuring worker safety, fair production practices, and responsible environmental management. Astor + Orion’s stunning jewelry is made from recycled materials and designed in a way to make it easily recyclable! Their pieces also also come with a quality assurance — the brand will repair any piece within 6 months of purchase.
7. Ana Luisa
Ana Luisa creates stunning, elegant jewelry from responsibly-sourced materials including 100% recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds. The sustainable jewelry brand also produces in small batches to minimize waste.
By using a direct-to-consumer model, Ana Luisa is able to provide luxury, high-quality jewelry at accessible prices.
Elegantly designed and handcrafted from sustainably-sourced materials like upcycled buffalo horn and natural rattan, Hathorway’s jewelry is both earthy and chic. Hathorway’s jewelry is assembled in California by makers earning fair wages and the women-owned brand gives back 10% of their profits to young underprivileged women.
Crafted from recycled metals sourced locally in LA, Laura Elizabeth creates stand-out sustainable jewelry. All of the brand’s jewelry is sourced ethically from a small, woman-owned studio in Los Angeles that ensures reasonable working hours (35 hr/week), fair wages, and safe working conditions (such as proper ventilation). Check out more on Laura Elizabeth in this post!
All of Lumafina’s exceptionally unique and bold jewelry is crafted ethically by skilled makers in the brand’s studio located in Portland, Oregon. Lumafina owner, designer, and metalsmith Hilary Alexander crafts the jewelry right alongside the brand’s employees.
Using renewable materials like wood as well as recycled and vintage metals, Lumafina is also an ecologically-responsible brand.
The husband and wife team behind L.Greenwalt Jewelry creates architectural minimalistic jewelry from sustainably and ethically sourced metals, including gold fill that consists of up to 85% recycled gold. Committed to responsible sourcing throughout their supply chain, the castings for L.Greenwalt’s Jewelry are sculpted and cast at a women-owned studio locally in Portland. L.Greenwalt is also a vegan jewelry brand, using only vegan carving wax.
12. 31 Bits
As firm believers in the power of consumers, the founders of 31 Bits set out to bring positive change through bringing these artisans crafts to the global marketplace. The purpose-driven fashion brand not only provides fair wages but also creates a safe, caring atmosphere for these artisans. You can even see photos and stories about the artisans they work with on their website.
A Million Elephants works with artisans based in Laos—the most bombed country per capita in history—who craft beautiful fair trade jewelry from recycled aluminum from bombs and other war shrapnel. The handcrafted necklaces, earrings, and rings from A Million Elephants support artisans and help with de-mining efforts.
14. Abby Alley
Ethical accessories brand Abby Alley partners only with artisan cooperatives in East Africa that ensure safe working conditions and pay fair wages. Abby Alley’s artisan partners earn well above the standard rate for their work plus are provided with additional provisions for healthcare and transportation.
Founded in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages is one of the fair trade pioneers. They’ve developed relationships with artisans around the world, providing valuable economic opportunities for thousands of makers in 30 countries around the world. Their marketplace has handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, along with a variety of other fair trade goods.
16. Salt + Still
Salt + Still’s ethical jewelry is responsibly and thoughtfully made in small batches in their own New York State studio from sustainably-sourced materials (the only step that’s completed outside of their studio is their castings, which are done in New York City). The women-owned brand’s timeless jewelry is made using recycled silver, gold fill, and bronze.
Accompany is a mission-driven fashion marketplace that works with brands that align with one or more of their core values. Their values are Artisan/Handmade, Fair Trade, and/or Humanitarian and Philanthropic Causes. This ethical online market is chock full of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world!
19. Iron Oxide
Iron Oxide is the sustainable jewelry line of Altar, a Portland-based ethical fashion label. All of the pieces in the Iron Oxide line are ethically and locally produced in Portland, Oregon. The brand sources recycled metals for their jewelry and ships their pieces in minimal recyclable packaging.
20. Edge of Ember
Edge of Ember’s timeless luxury jewelry is responsibly crafted by makers working in artisan groups and small-scale factories. Their delicate necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other pieces are crafted by skilled artisans in India, Hong Kong, Germany, and Thailand. The brand carries out independent social audits to ensure ethical working conditions and environmental responsibility.
Freeleaf is an ethical accessory and home goods brand that provides fair wages, safe working conditions, holistic care and encouragement for women overcoming abuse. Each piece of fair trade jewelry is uniquely handmade by these women. Their shop includes bracelets, necklaces and earrings in both bright colors and neutrals.
Noonday Collection is a socially responsible business creating dignified jobs for over 400 artisans in vulnerable communities. The fair trade jewelry brand has a wide range of handcrafted styles, from bright and colorful bracelets to delicate and sleek gold necklaces.
26. Washed Ashore
Crafting striking jewelry from only the most responsible materials, Washed Ashore is changing the game when it comes to sustainable jewelry. The WOC-owned brand sources 100% recycled metals, post-consumer diamonds and gemstones, and upcycled pearls and abalone. Plus, Washed Ashore uses low-waste packaging and offsets emissions from shipping.
Responsibly-sourced quality jewelry — that’s AUrate’s promise. The jewelry brand’s sleek, timeless pieces are thoughtfully made by seventh-generation craftspeople using 100% recycled gold. The majority of AUrate’s jewelry is made local-to-them in New York City, too, which helps ensure transparency as well as quality.
Soko is an innovative ethical fashion brand using mobile tools to bridge the barriers for artisan entrepreneurs in countries around the globe. With this technology, independent artisans can operate their “virtual factory”. The conscious brand is also fashion-forward with sleek, modern jewelry inspired by tribal designs.
Rose & Fitzgerald is a responsible fashion and lifestyle brand selling handwoven and handmade jewelry and home goods. Their simplistic, contemporary jewelry is crafted with locally-sourced materials by artisans in Kampala, Uganda. And since R&F owns their own studio, they are able to guarantee ethical working conditions and fair trade wages.
From raw material production, to the assembly and distribution, Akola is committed to making a positive impact at every level in their supply chain. On top of guaranteeing a positive work environment for these women, Akola invests in community infrastructure, vocational training, and courses on finances and holistic care. And when you read about each of the beautiful pieces of jewelry, Akola explains exactly how far the impact of your purchase will go for the women they work with.
32. The Giving Keys
The Giving Keys is a social enterprise that positive employment opportunities for those transitioning out of homelessness. Each product purchased supports their mission to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through stable jobs. Each key is stamped with an inspiring word such as dream, brave, or create to be shared with others.
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