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I have been obsessed with jewelry for as long as I can remember. Layering all the necklaces and bracelets I could get from my grandma’s jewelry box on my little four-year-old wrist was one of my favorite hobbies. For me, jewelry is made to be worn, appreciated and preserved for years to come. The pieces I treasure most remind me of a trip, a milestone, a loved one or an experience. I limit my purchases to a few that I know I will be able to save for my daughter one day.
Recently, I have started to examine the ethical and sustainable practices of jewelry brands. I want to know that everything I buy is produced and purchased with care and supports fair wages. This enriches the history of the play. You don’t just wear something because it looks good, but because it has meaning and protects the well-being of others and the planet. Some brands work with vintage items, recycled materials, or focus on a responsible supply chain. Here are some notable brands, for all price points, that are doing it right.