Sustainable Jewellery Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Our Sustainable Jewellery Christmas Gift Guide celebrates the true spirit of gifting this festive season.

Whatever your budget, we’ve curated a list of luxury and affordable ethical jewellery to align with your values from ethical jewellery brands.

Discover the beauty of handmade sustainable pieces, the elegance of minimalist sustainable jewellery, and options of ethical gold jewellery and recycled gold jewellery.

Embrace the joy of giving with a conscience this Christmas, as you choose beauty that doesn’t compromise people or planet.

How we curate our gift-guides and test

Live Frankly is a place for exclusively ethical and sustainable brands. All the brands we feature go above-and-beyond in the work they do because they recognise the climate crisis, the environmental crisis, the injustices in their industries and they know there’s a better way. They’re proving business can be done differently.

Every brand fills out a form answering questions about the materials they use, the people in their supply chains and their governance structures. We speak with the owners and decision makers before adding them to the Live Frankly Directory and we test the quality of their products.

We do the hard work in the background, so you can focus on buying gifts with meaning for your loved-ones from smaller, independent brands with values at their core.

At a glance:

Best sustainable jewellery gifts

Best for a splash of colour: Eily O Connell Acorn Enamel Studs, £105

Eily O'Connell Acorn Stud Earrings

Key specifications

  • Made in Bristol
  • Enamelled acorn studs
  • Hand painted
  • Crafted in solid silver
  • Extra large silver earring backs

Looking for a truly unique and special gift? These mesmerising enamelled stud earrings by Eily O Connell are just that.

Designer and goldsmith Eily O Connell is heavily inspired by the natural world, and the studs feature a quirky acorn style cup shape.

They are created in an array of tones, including the pictured glowworms-inspired lime green.

Handmade, and enamelled by Eily in her Bristol based studio, these hand-painted earrings are crafted in recycled solid silver and then the enamel has been carefully fired inside the acorn.

What makes Eily O Connell jewellery even more special is that it is made with sustainability in mind. O Connell prides herself on crafting her pieces using high-quality, ethical and well sourced materials. 

£105 | Eily O Connell | SHOP NOW

Best for affirmation lovers: Loft & Daughter, Fearless Affirmation Stacking Ring: £89

Key specifications

  • Fairly made in Jaipur, India
  • WFTO (Fair Trade) certified and provides training and employment opportunities to vulnerable or displaced artisans
  • Made in a workshop run on solar energy
  • Handmade using slow, traditional craft techniques

Engraved with the words ‘I am’ on the inner band, and ‘Fearless’ on the outer. They say: “Wear it, believe it, trust it and smile every time you look down and reaffirm it”. 

This ring has been crafted by a small team of marginalised artisans displaced from West Bengal, who have found sustainable livelihoods through their skill in making beautiful pieces like these. They are certified by the World Fair Trade Organization.

Packaging: each piece comes packaged in a soft organic pouch, which has been lovingly made by some of Jaipur’s most vulnerable women, who are bettering their lives through the income from the block printing, tassel making and stitching of these very pouches. No two are the same, each one beautiful in its imperfections.

£89 | Project Cece | SHOP NOW

Best for dual-purpose earrings: Amadeus Venus Gold Hoop Earrings with Large Keshi Pearl, £270

Key specifications:

  • 14k Gold Vermeil (recycled sterling silver dipped in with several layers of recycled 14k gold)
  • Pre-loved White Keshi Pearl 
  • Dimensions: Small Hoop 18mm, Medium Hoop 22mm, Large Hoop is 25mm

Handmade in London, these eye-catching white Keshi pearl earrings double up as stunningly-simple gold hoop earrings by removing the pearl.

Amadeus’ philosophy is “look good, feel good, and do good”. They offer their customers more conscious jewellery choices by using recycled gold and silver and purchasing pre-loved stones second-hand. 

£270 | SHOP NOW

Best lab diamond necklace: Ethica Diamonds, The Karensa Necklace, £504.43

Ethica Diamonds Karensa Necklace

Key specifications:

  • Pear cut green amethyst at the centre
  • Round cut lab grown diamond petals
  • Yellow gold chain

Cornwall-based Ethica Diamonds mantra is “kind, not mined.” This sparkling lotus flower choker necklace has a pear cut green amethyst at its centre, encircled by round-cut lab grown diamond petals.

Lotus flowers bloom beautifully each morning from murky waters so this necklace represents purity and resilience.

Karensa, of Cornish origin, means “love”.

£504.43 | Ethica Diamonds | SHOP NOW

Best upcycled earrings: Paguro, Opal Statement Resin Earrings: £28.71

Key specifications

  • Handmade using recycled wood shavingWood and resin stud
  • Lightweight
  • Sterling Silver backing – possible to request a stainless steel stud
  • Size: L40cm x W3cm

Zero waste and eco-friendly earrings. The vibrant colours have an appearance of stained glass but are actually made by combining recycled wood shavings with plant resin, so they’re surprisingly lightweight, too. 

All Paguro Upcycle products are made from recycled and upcycled materials. The products are produced in a social enterprise in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the UK. 

£28.71 | Project Cece | SHOP NOW

Best for nature lovers: Eily O Connell Horizon Berry Cluster Ring: £1,610

Eily O Connell Horizon Berry Cluster Ring

Key specifications

  • Crafted in 14 carat recycled yellow gold
  • Hallmarked by London Assay Office.
  • In stock and ready to ship in size N

As with all Eily O Connell designs, this Horizon berry cluster ring is inspired by nature – in this case,  a cluster of winter berries. It features two blue sapphires with a peeping green emerald to the side, adding another layer to the landscape palette. It is a one of a kind piece handcrafted in 14 carat recycled yellow gold. 

£1,610 | Eily O Connell | SHOP NOW

Best crystal charm necklace: Loft and Daughter, Lapis Charm Pendant Silver: £85.26

Key specifications

  • Lapis Lazuli stone
  • Charm: 23mm including top of bail
  • Chain length: 59cm with adjustment from 54cm
  • Weight: 5.40g
  • Recycled sterling silver
  • Certified by World Fair Trade Organization

A deep blue swinging crystal charm cut from beautiful Lapis Lazuli, a stone that awakens the wearer’s strength, deeper truths and inner peace.

This necklace has been handmade by a team of women in Jaipur, who have found sustainable livelihoods through their skill in making beautiful pieces like these. It’s the perfect piece for layering with other similar long silver neckalces.

£85.26 | Shop Like You Give A Damn | SHOP NOW

Best lab diamond earrings: Ethica Diamonds The Gwener Earrings, £473.04

Key Specifications:

  • Recycled yellow gold
  • Pear cut lab diamond
  • Round cut bezel set lab diamond

These dainty yellow gold huggie hoop earrings suggest the feminine form of the Goddess Venus, which they are named after (‘Gwener’ from Cornish origin means Venus). As such, they are small but powerful symbol of sustainability and womanhood. They are made from recyled gold and lab diamonds. While lab-grown diamonds are both visually and chemically identical to natural diamonds, they bypass the harm caused by mining. You can read more about this, here.

£473.04 | Ethica Diamonds | SHOP NOW

Best for timeless elegance: Lavender Hill, Louise Earrings: £54

Key specifications

  • Made in Paris
  • 24K sustainable gold plated
  • Weight: 49.9 g
  • Water-resistant
  • Nickel and lead-free

Gold hoops are a faillsafe option, for any occasion. This cross-over design takes a simple hoop shape up a notch, while the hammered-effect makes them standout from your average hoop. They’re elegant and can easily elevate your outfit. Made using 24K gold which has been remixed and recycled ‘but always shining like new’. They are nickel and lead-free and made in Paris.

£54 | Project Cece | SHOP NOW

Best for a gift that gives back: Lost in Samsara, Upcycled Bullet Case Climber Earrings – Tree Branch: £27

Key specifications

  • Made in Cambodia
  • Uses upcycled metal
  • Approx 3cm
  • Part of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops network

The symbolism of tree branches often evoke themes related to growth, connection, and the complexity of life’s journey. Trees are, after all, the life-blood of our planet. These stylish tree branch earrings are handmade in Cambodia using recycled bullet cases collected from the countryside. The workshop, Craftswork, gives training to disabled people, mainly victims of landmines and polio. They pay living wages, with the goal of helping their artisans to rise above poverty.

£27 | Project Cece | SHOP NOW

Best for channelling divine energy: Loft and Daughter, Reversible Gold-Plated Shakti Ring: £79.17

Loft and Daughter, Reversible Gold-Plated Shakti Ring

Key specifications

  • Fairtrade
  • 22K gold plated recycled sterling silver
  • Available in three sizes

There’s no reason why our jewellery shouldn’t have the ability to be reversible, like this ring. One side features the electric deep blue stone, Lapis Lazuli which awakens your strength and inner peace, while the other plain gold side features an intricate pattern. Together, the design powerfully envokes the female principle of divine energy, your Shakti.

This ring has been crafted by a small team of marginalised artisans displaced from West Bengal, who have found sustainable livelihoods through their skill in making beautiful pieces like these.

£79.17 | Shop Like You Give A Damn | SHOP NOW

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About the author

Lizzie Rivera

Lizzie Rivera

Lizzie Rivera is the founder and chief purpose officer at Live Frankly. She has been writing for mainstream publications for 10 years, specialising in sustainability and ethics since 2014.


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