A decade ago, the idea of Ethical Eco-Friendly Jewellery would have sounded elitist and reserved only for the super-rich. But as the consumers become more aware of the impact (and influence) of their spending, knowledge is turning into power.
People are becoming aware of the impact they have on the environment. Mindless mining of precious gems and metals like gold, silver and platinum has caused irreparable damage to the environment and communities around them. So the modern consumer has become more interested in buying goods that are created ethically and in an environmentally friendly way.
But what do Ethical Eco-Friendly products mean?
Goods produced in a sustainable manner, causing little to no harm to the environment are called eco-friendly goods. Sustainability of the material plays a big role in creating such products. No matter what the industries claim, it is close to impossible to sustainably mine for gold or other precious metals. So to be really eco-friendly and sustainable, reuse of precious metals and gemstones is the best option.9
When labour is paid a fair market price for their efforts, and the production is done in such a way that it does not harm the surrounding communities, a product could get the ‘Ethically produced’ status. The blood diamonds of Africa are an example of products with unethical sources.
Ethical Eco-Friendly Jewellery are not created by using any animal-derived products like Ivory, shark or tiger teeth or corals. The gems they use may have a documented production history or sourced from a company that has been vetted by environmentally conscious NGOs.
Such jewellery could also be created by using fair traded and fairmined gold and silver. Or they could use upcycled or recycled metals to maintain sustainability.
Ethical Eco-Friendly Jewellery is becoming popular as a fashion and a conscious choice.