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When it comes to jewelry, we find that choosing minimalist pieces is worth the investment. As fashion trends change rapidly (hello, fast fashion), fine jewelry evokes a sense of eternal style; simplicity is always in.

These brands craft the very best in fine jewelry while also adhering to sustainable standards, and they all focus on ethical production and using recycled and upcycled materials. So what are you waiting for? Add some everyday sparkle with one of these sustainable and stylish fine jewelry pieces. 

Looking for the perfect *special occasion* piece? Here are our favorite conflict-free and fair trade engagement rings. đź’Ť


Best Overall —   Mejuri 
Most Affordable —  Nisolo
Most Minimalist  —  Catbird 


1. Mejuri

Best For | Everyday fine jewelry
Ethics | Recycled & responsibly sourced metals, recycling program, gives back to BIPOC women
Price Range | $10—$4,400

Gift a loved one—or yourself—one of Mejuri’s fine jewelry essentials. This team-wide favorite (read our Mejuri review!) ethically sources its gold, diamonds, and stones, and offers extended 60 day returns and warranties on most pieces. This is our go-to for milestone gifts or just to round out our daily collection.


2. Bario Neal

Best For | Recycled metals & custom pieces
Ethics | Fairmined Certified gold; sustainable & traceable materials, eco-friendly packaging, ethical production in USA
Price Range | $90—$25,000+ (custom)

For thoughtful sourcing and style, you can’t beat Bario Neal. The women-owned handmade jeweler is an industry leader when it comes to ethics: its metals are recycled, its stones traceable from mine to market, and its gold Fairmined certified. From textured bands and hammered bracelets to enamel ear studs and pendant necklaces, you can expect peak quality and consideration. A maker of engagement and wedding rings too, the jeweler is a longtime supporter of LGBTQIA rights and worldwide marriage equality. (They also offer custom services, from personalizations to reusing heirloom materials.) Love is love is love—read more about how much we love Bario Neal here!

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3. Nisolo

Best For | Affordable brass jewelry
Ethics | Certified B Corp, Climate Neutral Certified, artisan-made, living wages, ethical production, upcycled brass
Price Range | $20—$35

Nisolo’s jewelry is both modern and minimalist, yet its curves and shapes are sure to stand out. This certified B Corp ensures that all pieces are ethically made, and makers enjoy living wages and fair working conditions. (And everything here is carbon-neutral, too!) If you are looking for a go-to minimalist jewelry source that won’t break the bank, this is it: Nisolo is the perfect place to shop for minimal jewelry like ethical hoops, links, cuffs, bangles and more!


4. Boden

Best For | Pops of color
Ethics | Member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, gives back, sustainable practices
Price Range | $38—$90

Boden’s jewelry will leave you dazzled. This UK sustainable brand uses responsibly sourced materials for its apparel and jewelry collections, including metal, glass, and gold. Their statement earrings will steal the show wherever you go, and their playful necklaces will add just the pop of color you need. Boden ships worldwide.


5. Automic Gold

Best For | Reclaimed gold and ethically-mined stones
Ethics | Ethically sourced stones, reclaimed gold, size-inclusive, handmade in NYC, recyclable packaging
Price Range | $49—$3,300

Automic Gold is raising the (gold) bar when it comes to sustainability, inclusivity, and identity, and is the source for minimalist gold jewelry. This queer-owned studio works with only 100 percent reclaimed solid gold and ethically mined gemstones for everyday accessories for all genders and sizes—ranging from size 2 to 16 in rings. Versatile pieces that are showstoppers on their own but layered together add flair to any look. We love their nose ring line, too!


6. Catbird

Best For | Stackable rings
Ethics | Sustainably sourced & recycled metals, artisan-made, gives back via Catbird Giving Fund
Price Range | $14—$12,500

Catbird works with dozens of artisans in-house and independent designers like Erica Weiner, Wwake, and Kataoka, and all materials are ethically sourced and conflict-free. At least one percent of sales are donated each year, chosen entirely by employees—with over $1,000,000 donated and counting. Whether you’re looking for a minimalist necklace or dainty jewelry, you’re sure to find something to love. We’ve found some of our favorite pieces to put on (and never take off!) at Catbird.


7. Nyrelle

Best For | Parent and child or best friend sets
Ethics | Traceable natural gems, KP-certified conflict-free diamonds, buyback program
Price Range | $10—$1,600

Nyrelle’s mission is to create 100 percent traceable fine jewelry, including natural gems, certified conflict-free diamonds, and fair trade and recycled gold. (To help make that possible, Nyrelle has a lifetime buyback guarantee where they’ll buy your piece back for 20 percent of the purchase price and recycle your piece into something new!) We love this conscious fine jewelry brand’s capsule collections, engravable pieces, and sets for parents and kids or best friends to share.


8. Linjer

Best For | Affordable gemstones
Ethics | Ethically sourced stones, recycled gold, eco-friendly packaging, carbon-neutral shipping, ethically made
Price Range | $20—$1,095

Fine gold rings with pearls? Luxury eco-conscious diamond necklaces? Linjer has it all—and at affordable prices. This sustainable brand ethically and responsibly sources its materials and offsets carbon emissions from every order. Team favorites include their gold vermeil and white topaz rings, pearl hug earrings, and the collection of Zodiac Charm Necklaces. If you’re on the hunt for delicate jewelry brands that create dainty rings with ethical gemstones look no further!


9. Fenna&Fei

Best For | Acetate jewelry and accessories
Ethics | Women-owned, biodegradable materials, zero-waste packaging
Price Range | $10—$42

Acetate jewelry and hair accessories are back in—think tortoiseshell clips and color-blocked earrings. But not all acetate jewelry is sustainable. Fenna&Fei however uses eco-friendly plant cellulose acetate instead, with nature-inspired colors. Millennials and Gen Z (and beyond!) are sure to love these colorful, conscious looks to add a glowy wash of color and geometry to their daily looks.