How to Curate an Ethical and Sustainable Jewelry Collection: A Step-by-Step Guide

Building an ethical and sustainable jewelry collection is a great way to showcase your style while supporting socially responsible practices. We always say that there’s power in the consumer market, and making ethical and sustainable jewelry choices is a powerful way to start shifting harmful industry norms to make space for a kinder, more ethical, and sustainable jewelry industry. Today we’re outlining some of the ways you can start curating a dreamy personal jewelry collection that is kind to people and planet.

Evaluate Materials

Materials play a crucial role in sustainability. Choose jewelry made from recycled metals, which reduces the demand for newly mined materials and minimizes environmental impact. Look for gemstones that are ethically sourced or consider lab-grown alternatives that have a lower carbon footprint. Additionally, consider jewelry made from upcycled or repurposed materials, which further reduce waste and promote creativity. For us at Dear Survivor, we do all that legwork before a design is even prototyped, ensuring that each of our final products has gone through a rigorous evaluation of transparency, ethical sourcing, and will stand the test of time.

Seek Transparent Supply Chains

Ensure that the jewelry brands you choose have transparent supply chains. Ethical brands often provide information about the journey of their materials, from mining to production. Look for brands that source materials from conflict-free zones, support local communities, and prioritize fair wages and working conditions for artisans and miners. We prioritize working with small, independent miners and craftspeople who can provide the complete provenance of our metals and gems.

Opt for Timeless Designs

Invest in timeless jewelry designs that withstand trends and remain relevant for years to come. By choosing classic pieces, you reduce the temptation to follow fast fashion trends that contribute to wasteful consumption. Timeless designs not only allow you to express your personal style consistently but also reduce the need for frequent purchases and contribute to a more sustainable wardrobe.

Care for Your Jewelry

To ensure the longevity of your jewelry collection, practice proper care and maintenance. Clean your jewelry regularly using gentle and eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Store each piece separately in soft cloth pouches or jewelry boxes to prevent scratching or tangling. Caring for your jewelry extends its lifespan, minimizing the need for replacements.

Building an ethical and sustainable jewelry collection is a rewarding journey that aligns your personal style with responsible choices. We hope these steps empower you to make informed decisions, support brands with ethical practices, and enjoy beautiful jewelry that reflects your values. Together, we can promote a more sustainable and conscious approach to fashion and contribute to a better future.

Since day one, Dear Survivor has always upheld a firm commitment to creating ethical and sustainable jewelry that can stand the test of time. There's power in the consumer market - let's use it for good.