10 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.


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, high quality jewelry. We love what they're doing because not only do they employ women, but 31 Bits also 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. 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, including in the US. 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 social impact jewelry and accessories.

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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

The Good Trade Partner

The Good Trade Partner

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

The Good Trade Partner

The Good Trade Partner

Based In | Philadelphia, PA
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. 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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8. 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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9. 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 path towards breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. All jewelry products are made from recycled or locally-sourced materials.

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10. 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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