Given the ongoing problem of fashion waste, in recent years sustainability has risen to the top of every smart shopper’s list. And with monumental steps being taken every day to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of clothes and bags (we’re looking at you, thrift sites), a key part of our everyday attire has seemingly been overlooked: jewelry.
Luckily, there is a considerably large market for those looking for durable earrings, rings, bracelets, you name it for just about any occasion. With many companies creating ethically-sourced or lab-grown diamonds, rare gemstones, recycled gold, and more, you too can buy beautiful, brand-new jewelry that doesn’t make you feel the least bit of the guilty world.
If you think it can’t get any better, think again! All of these jewelry stores were founded by women, for women (or men, we don’t discriminate!) and continue to have them at the helm as CEOs. And because there truly is never a bad time to support women, do good for the planet, and come out on the other side drowned in diamonds, go ahead and shop our favorite brands below.
Founded by Shilpa Yarlagadda when she was in her second year at a little-known school called Harvard, Shiffon started with the intention of being a company that could fund other women-led businesses, and it just became that, but also much more. It’s not hard to see how such a green company could soar to success when you see the jewelry, the ethical diamonds and all.
While Shiffon also sells beautifully understated hoop earrings, as well as an upcoming tennis collection in collaboration with another women-led company, Break the Love, the real star of the show is the Duet Pinky Ring. Among others like Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, the ring has been worn most often and most often by none other than Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Markle often sports the yellow gold and diamond combination, but Shiffon also offers the band in sterling silver, rose gold, and white gold in varying karats, and the diamond, black diamond, and white sapphire embellishment.
Yarlagadda, named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30s of 2020, has some advice for the budding entrepreneur: “Just get started,” she says. “Perfection really can be the enemy of good. We can overthink everything the process requires to get stuck, but we learn so much as we build, and nothing I’ve built has ever been perfect. In the same way that we improve every day, startups are all about versions one, two and three.
Handcrafted by goldsmiths in Los Angeles and designed by the eponymous founder, Logan Hollowell’s magical creations take shape as necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and cuffs, as well as custom pieces. Her jewelry is proud to be made from 14k and 18k recycled gold and ethically sourced gemstones. The most popular design, she says, is by far her Constellation collection, of which the necklaces are the star (no pun intended). Available in classic and zodiac constellations, the necklaces have been worn by Markle, as well as models Candice Swanepoel and Elsa Hosk. Fun fact: fellow model Josephine Skriver also gave each of her bridesmaids a necklace from the collection as a gift. The custom and uniqueness of Logan Hollowell pieces make them a standout brand for those buying gifts or simply looking for a unique piece to add to their collection.
With lab-grown gemstones and a direct-to-consumer system, Dorsey has been a fixture in the world of ethical jewelry since its humble beginnings in 2019. In fact, CEO Meg Strachan started it as a jewelry retailer. vintage before venturing into the world of original pieces.
The aforementioned clasps are all classic-inspired, like the popular and often sold-out Rivière collection, reminiscent of the timeless style of tennis bracelets, but at a much lower price and in many different colorways. The company has also hit the big screen, with the Art Deco-style Leela earrings worn by none other than Taylor Swift in her first Oscar-eligible short. Too good (Taylor’s version). Other celebrities who have worn Dorsey include Lily James, Alexandra Daddario and Emily Ratajkowski, to name a few. It’s no wonder Dorsey designs often sell out – their ethical practices paired with varieties reminiscent of another era are enough to give any jewelry shopper eyes in the heart.
Adornmonde differs greatly in the understated nature of the previously mentioned brands, though that doesn’t mean it’s any less stunning. Led by Niki Allworth, Adornmode prides itself on fun colorways and metal blends that deliver a decidedly youthful aesthetic to customers of all ages.
In particular, the two-tone Dalas necklace, one of Adornmonde’s most popular designs, combines the delicacy of gold and the slight edge of silver to create a versatile chain that has the amazing ability to embellish no matter what. any outfit. The Fidel hoops are another standout creation, available in gold and silver, and again are the perfect addition to any look. The chunky gold Blamey ring with crystal embellishments, although also available in silver, is a favorite of our cover star Adele, and it’s not hard to see why! The brand also counts Laura Harrier and Shay Mitchell among its fans.
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Stone and Strand, founded by Nadine Kahan and designed by Melissa Lum in New York City, prides itself on using real gold and ethical gemstones to create original designs perfect for yourself and any lucky jewelry wearer in your life. life.
With diamond pieces available for less than $500, it’s easy to believe they’d be adored by celebrities, influencers and consumers alike. Jamie Chung considers herself a fan of the brand, wearing a stack of Stone and Strand necklaces on several occasions, including the Bubble Tea Initial necklace. Another favorite customer? The diamond-paved initial charm necklace. On the collection side, the zodiac, piercing and pearl collections from Stone and Strand are also bestsellers on the brand’s website. Did we mention it’s also Tinx approved? It’s up to you, rich moms.
Toulmin Jahncke is a digital copywriting intern at ELLE.com. She is currently studying literature and playwriting at Bennington College. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, vintage shopping and re-watching episodes of Flea bag. After eating The Queen’s Betshe started to learn Russian, because, why not?