Jewelry is vital to a bride’s look—starting with the engagement ring to the additional adornments to wear on wedding day. Although jewelry is beautiful and symbolic, the harmful side of the industry often goes unnoticed. Inhumane working conditions, mining in conflict areas, illegal trading, and devastated habitats are just a few of the negative effects of irresponsible mining and production.
As consumers we should become more educated and aware of these realities and strive to shop brands that value ethical practices. Bridal jewelry holds high sentiment, and knowing where your pieces originated from and that they’re helping the environment and disenfranchised communities makes it even more special and gives you peace of mind.
In honor of Earth Day, we’ve gathered 22 of the chicest socially conscious and eco-friendly lines with collections of gorgeous earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that will elevate your wedding ensemble. These talented independent designers create with a purpose in effort to shift the industry to become transparent, moral, and responsible.
Learn more about each designer below and shop our picks from dazzling diamonds to alternative stones like opal and sapphire—styles to suit every type of bride.
Bario Neal Hex Sapphire Cluster Ring
Cofounders Anna Bario and Page Neal were determined to change the environmental and human costs in metal and gemstone mining. In 2008 Bario Neal initiated its mission in offering beautiful uncommon jewels that are fully traceable or up-cycled. Handmade in Philadelphia, their pieces are crafted with reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones. This otherworldly sapphire cluster ring is the chicest way to incorporate something blue.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $2,837
Elisabeth Bell Jewelry Ethical Solitaire Engagement Ring
Combining her passion for wild animals and nature, Elisabeth Bell founder Beth Yorn brings her fascination with wildlife to her intricate designs. The solitaire ring is wrapped in recycled 14K-gold casted from a willow tree branch, featuring a recycled vintage diamond.
SHOP NOW: Elisabeth Bell Jewelry, $3,250
Barbara Michelle Jacobs Diamond Baguette Wedding Band
New York–based Barbara Polinsky creates jewelry influenced by nature and local foliage of Central Park, imitating the natural curves and shapes of branches, twigs, and seeds. Named after Polinsky's children, Barbara Michelle Jacobs uses recycled metal; fair-trade colored gemstones; and diamonds that are either recycled, conflict-free, or manmade. The natural, organic element is obvious in her beautifully crafted rings, which would make for gorgeous wedding bands or for stacking.
SHOP NOW: Barbara Michelle Jacobs, $1,280
Fade to Black Teardrop Light/Form Necklace with Rainbow Opal
Hailing from Lightning Ridge, Australia, Tatiana Ikasovic grew up in the opal industry, in which her father worked for over 35 years. Taking her wealth of knowledge, Ikasovic started her own opal jewelry line. All of the opals in her pieces are ethically sourced from Australia; her father oversees the production and the gems are polished and cut by his company without any outsourcing. Opals are rare and naturally found, and the organic, unearthed element is apparent in her simply stellar designs.
SHOP NOW: Fade to Black, $538
Lilian von Trapp, the Wife Necklace
Law school grad turned jewelry designer Lilian von Trapp creates minimalist pieces from vintage gold and diamonds. In addition to up-cycling, von Trapp donates 2 percent of the brand’s earnings to the Earthbeat Foundation to promote ethical mining and the use of sustainable resources. Aptly called “the Wife,” this delicate collar chain dripping with antique diamonds will appear so modern and timeless as you walk down the aisle.
SHOP NOW: Lilian von Trapp, $1,171
Melissa Joy Manning Herkimer Horseshoe Chain Earrings
With everything handmade in her California and New York studios, Melissa Joy Manning commits herself to domestic production using traditional metalsmithing techniques to reduce heavy waste and pollution, while providing job opportunities with competitive benefits for artisans. Created from recycled silver and gold, these threaders adorned with Herkimer crystals are ideal for the bride who wants earrings that are delicate yet have an impact.
SHOP NOW: Ylang23, $360
Moritz Glik Yellow Diamond Baguettes Enclosed in Double Sapphires Earrings in 18K-Yellow Gold
Moritz Glik’s one-of-a-kind transparent jewelry—sapphire windowpanes that house glittering fragments of stones—lends a touch of glamour that’s perfect for brides. As someone who personally experienced being overworked in crowded factories with no AC and little pay, Glik ensures his artisans are well compensated. His gems are also all responsibly sourced.
SHOP NOW: Moritz Glik, $5,900
Monique Péan Solcin Earrings
Monique Péan’s admiration for the earth’s natural beauty is translated in her breathtaking, structural designs. Her pieces feature sustainable materials and ethically sourced rare finds from across the globe. A pair of white diamond, recycled gold, and fossilized walrus-ivory drop earrings will become an heirloom you’ll cherish beyond your wedding day.
SHOP NOW: Monique Péan, $10,980
Selin Kent Defne Pavé Diamond Marquise Ring
A floating marquise diamond ring is a stunning alternative to a traditional engagement ring or a dazzling complementary piece. Selin Kent’s sleek, elegant designs are made in New York, using responsibly sourced precious metals and stones with minimal environmental impact.
SHOP NOW: Swoonery, $2,250
Soko Sabi Bangle Bracelet
Soko proves that ethical fast fashion exists. The San Francisco–based company works with artisans in the developing world to help empower, build their businesses, provide equal opportunity, and sustainably increase income. Using locally-sourced and eco-friendly materials, Soko encourages conscious consumerism. If you’re in the market for affordable, artful pieces that do good, look to Soko.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $51
Sophie Monet Pearl Egg Earrings
Truly get in tune with nature and go for a pair of beautifully crafted wooden earrings from designer Sophie Okulick, who's based in Venice, California. The SoCal native taps into her childhood when she watched her sculptor dad work in his studio, applying an earthy element to all her creations. She up-cycles discarded scrap pieces of wood and uses sustainable materials whenever possible to create her unique pieces that read modern, bold, and earthy. Boho brides, these chic, understated pearl and wood earrings are for you.
SHOP NOW: Sophie Monet, $137
TARA Astrid Earrings
For jewelry you can customize, rely on TARA for seriously cool, architecture-inspired standalone pieces that can be worn on their own, layered, or interchanged. Sport this bold starburst earring alone or hook on TARA’s other modular pieces. The name stands for The Artisan Row Accessories, which alludes to the brand’s mission to aid and empower impoverished Filipino artisans. It also uses recycled metals and indigenous materials such as abalone and mother of pearl for jewelry that is truly memorable.
SHOP NOW: TARA, $2,518
Vrai & Oro Bar Bracelet with Diamond
Vrai & Oro stands by their values of quality, simplicity, and transparency. The brand doesn’t mark up prices, only uses quality solid gold and diamonds (never filled or plated) and manufactures all pieces ethically and responsibly in Los Angeles. Their simple, essential designs are made for daily wear, and we adore this engraveable bar bracelet for a personal touch on wedding day.
SHOP NOW: Vrai & Oro, $300
Ana Katarina Sumerian Inverted Diamond Twist Hoops
As a former war correspondent, Ana Katarina Vinkler-Petrovic wholeheartedly embraces her humanitarian efforts by sourcing only reclaimed, recycled, fair-trade, and precious materials. Her line boasts striking, shapely silhouettes like these edgy, sophisticated inverted diamond hoops.
SHOP NOW: Ana Katarina, $10,780
Anna Sheffield Butterfly Earrings Yellow Gold and Chalcedony
Anna Sheffield’s thoughtful construction marries art, fashion, and design for feminine, free-spirited jewels that read edgy and unconventional. All sourcing and production is held to the highest standards with the use of recycled metals, conflict-free stones, and rare antique diamonds. Consider this asymmetric butterfly earring set on your wedding day. The curved shape and surrounding stones are ridiculously cool yet elevated for the occasion.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $4,605
Andrea Bonelli 14K-Gold Diamond Studs
For classic styles à la diamond studs you can wear everyday post-ceremony, Andrea Bonelli’s socially conscious range is one to browse. Handcrafted by the designer herself in her studio, Bonelli’s jewels are made from recycled and ethically mined stones. She also works with multiple charities including Toolbox Initiative, Kiva, and No Dirty Gold to protect communities, workers, and the environment.
SHOP NOW: Andrea Bonelli, $398
AUrate Flower Earrings
If you’re looking to make a statement with your jewelry, these long floral ear jackets are a lovely choice. The NYC brand uses 100 percent recycled gold sourced from conflict-free suppliers, diamonds from mines that adhere to decent work conditions with fair pay, and pearls sustainably harvested from family-run farms.
SHOP NOW: AUrate, $180
BaYou with Love x Dell
Designed by actress and activist Nikki Reed, BaYou with Love collaborates with Dell to create 14- to 18-carat gold jewelry from gold responsibly extracted from used technology recovered in Dell's recycling programs. The latest limited-edition One Earth Collection is inspired by the water and features sustainably-sourced sapphires and turquoise. Stack the eco-friendly rings or wear one alone to accompany your engagement ring and wedding band. We especially love the open six stone style.
SHOP NOW: BaYou with Love x Dell, $185