15 Fair Trade & Artisan Made Jewelry Collections For The Globally Minded

Artisan-Made Jewelry

We're always on the search for ethical fashion brands that create beautiful collections for a cause. Each of these social enterprise jewelry collections are doing incredible work to sustainably end cycles of poverty within some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities by empowering artisans and persevering traditional crafts. 

Fair Trade Jewelry

1. Soko

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Artisan empowerment through globally-connected technology
Price Range | $$

Soko works with over 2,100 artisan entrepreneurs around the globe to build their businesses, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income. Soko is pioneering an innovative approach that employs technology to provide opportunity for marginalized artisans. Using Soko’s mobile tools, artisans have access to an entire world of consumers, expanding their business horizons and entrepreneurial prospects. Soko’s collections include a stunning range of minimal classics and luxury pieces inspired by architecture and traditional tribal designs, creating a strong yet minimal aesthetic that hints at the brand's origins.

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2. 31 Bits

Based In | Indonesia, Uganda, & the USA
Ethics | Ethical working conditions, fair wages, holistic care for artisans
Price Range | $–$$

31 Bits works with artisans in Uganda to create fashionable, quality jewelry. We love what they're doing because not only do they employ women, but 31 Bits cares for their beneficiaries holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. And everything they do is funded through product sales. That means every time you make a 31 Bits purchase, you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.

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3. Akola

Based In | Uganda and Dallas, TX
Ethics | 100% of revenue goes towards women artisans, holistic development model
Price Range | $$

Akola empowers women in poverty in five rural Ugandan villages to transform their lives and the lives of their children. What we love about Akola’s approach is its holistic development model, which includes not only vocational training for women, but community infrastructure as well. Before training and employment take place within a village, Akola helps communities build the infrastructure for economic growth. This includes construction of water wells, vocational training centers and roads.

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4. Nisolo

Based In | Nashville, TN
Ethics | Artisan-made, beyond fair trade wages, transparent production practices
Price Range | $$

Nisolo collaborates with local artisans in Peru and Kenya from the design to the handmade production of their jewelry line, shoes and accessories. Nisolo provides fair wages and full-time employment to their artisans and each piece of jewelry carries the heart of every person who works at Nisolo. Together, the Nisolo team is committed to developing beautiful, quality products and ensuring that everyone - from the first supplier to the end consumer - is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. We love their gorgeously-designed, well-made jewelry and their fast, free shipping both ways.

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5. Ten Thousand Villages

Based In | Akron, PA with artisans worldwide
Ethics | Fair Trade Federation member
Price Range | $

For over 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been a pioneer of the fair trade movement, laying the groundwork for sustainable change in over 30 developing countries by providing a space for people to take charge of their own lives and build something for themselves. Each piece of jewelry is created by independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops and are crafted with love using local materials and time-honored skills. Ten Thousand Villages is also our favorite stop for unique, handmade gifts from around the world.

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6. Bario Neal

Based In | Philadelphia, PN
Ethics | Ethically-sourced metals & stones, fair trade gold, environmental sustainability
Price Range | $$$$

Bario Neal jewelry is crafted with precious metals that have been carefully sourced to reflect a commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability. Bario Neal was one of the first jewelry companies to participate in the Fairmined Assurance label, and now proudly offers Fairmined gold extracted by empowered and responsible small-scale and artisanal miners. The Fairmined certification is supported by a third party auditing system that ensures that all participating miners meet rigorous environmental and social standards. They also work closely with US refineries to minimize environmental impacts while producing recycled precious metals. We love their stunning collections and custom fine jewelry options.

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7. ABLE

Based In | Nashville, TN
Ethics | B Corp, female artisan-made in Peru, fair labor practices
Price Range | $$

ABLE creates sustainable business opportunities for women who have overcome adversity, both locally and globally. The social impact brand believes that generational poverty ends when people are able to provide for themselves, and that empowering women uplifts entire families and communities. They work with artisans around the globe and many of their jewelry pieces are handmade by women locally in Nashville, TN who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to homelessness to addiction and lack of opportunity. ABLE is our one stop shop for affordable and social impact jewelry and accessories.

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8. PURPOSE Jewelry

Based In | Irvine, CA
Ethics | Responsibly crafted by women escaping human trafficking who receive fair wages and holistic care
Price Range | $$

PURPOSE Jewelry is handcrafted by young women escaping human trafficking in India, Uganda and Mexico. 100% of the proceeds from the jewelry line benefit International Sanctuary, a nonprofit that provides holistic care for women escaping human trafficking including education, medical and dental care, counseling, and community. The artisans at PURPOSE Jewelry take pride in each beautifully-crafted creation and each jewelry tag is hand-signed by the woman who created it.

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9. ARTICLE22

Based In | Brooklyn, NY
Ethics | Pays artisans at least 5x local minimum wage, proceeds help clear undetonated landmines in Laos
Price Range | $$$

In an attempt to answer the question, “how and by whom are the goods we consume made?” the founders of ARTICLE22 set out to create beautiful designs and meaningful collections that tell unknown stories and give back to artisans in forgotten or off-the-beaten-track places. ARTICLE22 works with 12 artisan families in rural Laos to create their jewelry collection. The collection comprises classic shapes cast with Peacebomb metal that tell the story of how Laos became the most heavily bombed country in history and the artisans who transform bombs and war scrap to jewelry, taking a constructive approach toward the destruction wrought by war.

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10. The Giving Keys

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Fair & safe working environment and job training for people transitioning out of homelessness
Price Range | $$

The Giving Keys, a Los Angeles-based social enterprise, carries one of our favorite jewelry collections. The jewelry line employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away.

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11. Same Sky

Based In | Rwanda and USA
Ethics | Creates sustainable employment for impoverished women, pay 8x local minimum wage, 100% of net proceeds are reinvested into artisans
Price Range | $$–$$$

At Same Sky, they give a hand-up, not a hand out, and they are doing it globally from Rwanda to the USA. The artisan jewelry line creates jobs for women struggling to lift themselves out of extreme poverty, and they believe that real change happens with the dignity of work and the freedom of being self-sufficient. One Same Sky necklace purchased provides an artisan a year of education—we think that that’s an incredible way to make your jewelry purchases meaningful.

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12. Starfish Project

Based In | Asia
Ethics | Fair Trade Federation member, employs women survivors of sex trafficking and provides holistic care
Price Range | $$

Starfish Project supports women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia by providing shelter, counseling, employment, and education. Their holistic care program provides women with vocational training, health care, shelter, counseling, and child education grants to their employees, and their Community Outreach Services have served thousands of people in need. Through their social enterprise, they have employed over 125 women to not only craft jewelry, but become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. You can even learn more about the women behind your jewelry online.

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13. Raven + Lily

Based In | Austin, TX
Ethics | Fair Trade Certified, artisan-made, B Corp
Price Range | $$–$$$

Raven + Lily is one of the most impactful social enterprises employing women around the globe. They currently employ women artisans in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA—all at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. All jewelry products are made from recycled or locally-sourced materials.

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14. Mata Traders

Based In | Chicago, IL
Ethics | Fair Trade Federation member, worker-owned cooperatives
Price Range | $–$$

Mata Traders resists traditional means of factory production by directly hiring fair trade artisans in India and Nepal to handcraft jewelry and apparel. Mata Traders is a brand for the fashionably adventurous, bringing color and pattern to the world of ethical fashion in fresh new ways. Their globally-inspired jewelry is truly making a difference in the lives of women around the world.

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15. Rose & Fitzgerald

Based In | Kampala, Uganda
Ethics | Hand made in a fair wage environment from locally sourced materials
Price Range | $$–$$$

Husband-and-wife duo Courtney Rose and Laren Fitzgerald are merging their sense of contemporary fashion with the beauty of indigenous materials and craftspeople in their adopted home of Uganda. Rose & Fitzgerald employs local artisans and craftsmen to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces. At Rose & Fitzgerald they know there is a real nostalgia in returning to the time of the handmade, and there’s something truly special about knowing who made your product and also knowing that it was crafted by hand by someone paid fairly for their art.

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