by simplifying supply chains and sharing knowledge, we can use the beautiful materials from the earth without harming our planet
Arabel Lebrusan, jewelry designer

At New York Fashion Week in February, Swarovski partnered with jewelry maker Sandy Leong to launch her Twilight collection: 18-karat recycled gold set with ethically sourced pink sapphires and rubies. Likewise, Monique Péan works with recycled gold and repurposed diamonds, as well as with sustainable and non-mined materials including Siberian meteorite and fossilized walrus ivory and dinosaur bone. And this year, the high-street chain H&M launched the Conscious Exclusive collection, with jewelry made from recycled silver; its rings and earrings with bud motifs and spiraling forms tap into the trend for atelier style.

In this age of awareness and advancements in technology, how long might it be before we can create sustainable gold, or recycle all of our metal, gems and jewelry? Whatever the future holds, brands are answering today’s call for ethics, integrity and sustainability, with brilliant results.

This story appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2018 issue of SALT magazine.

Image credits: Tierney Gearon; Design Pics Inc/Alamy; Max Havelaar/Eduardo Martino; Olivier Borde