As you may know, I love supporting small businesses and independent artisans and designers. One of my favorite items to buy from indie designers is jewelry, because there’s such a range of styles and prices. Here, I’ve rounded up a few of my current favorite indie jewelry brands!
Not only are these brands run by indie designers (i.e. real human beings, not faceless corporations), they also focus on sustainable and ethical practices.
5 woman-owned indie jewelry brands:
If you’re looking for everyday jewelry that will be comfortable and keep its shine no matter what you’re doing—sleeping, washing your face, working out—look no further than Atomic Gold! Made from 14k solid, reclaimed gold, these pieces won’t tarnish or lose their color like gold-plated jewelry. They’re also designed to be so comfortable you won’t notice you’re wearing them. All pieces are made from reclaimed gold, which reduces landfill waste and doesn’t contribute to the environmental and ethical costs of mining. Even better, the brand uses real, diverse people, including people of color and non-cis folks, as models, is owned by a LGBTQ couple, and doesn’t Photoshop their images!
Machete makes beautiful tortoise shell pieces that I absolutely love! All materials used are Italian imported, high grade, cellulose acetates that are non-petroleum-based and biodegradable. I actually own a pair of their earrings (I’m wearing them in the first photo! I also styled them in this post).
Wasted Effort’s colorful, one-of-a-kind, abstract shapes are influenced by designer Marie Foxall’s math background. She says, “The successful completion of a creative project gives me the same nerdy satisfaction as solving a complicated equation.” As a creative with a background in physics, I have to say I agree! In addition, Marie minimizes waste by saving her scraps to create new pieces and using a mixture of new and industrial deadstock plexiglass, acrylic, and acetate.
Run by a Seattle couple, Baleen sells minimalist pieces that stand out due to their elegant simplicity. I’ve seen their pieces all over town in boutiques and it’s only a matter of time before I snag a pair of their earrings for myself! 95% of their materials are recycled and they are a zero-waste manufacturer, meaning that all scraps go to recycling facilities. They also work with a zero-waste, nickel-free, and conflict-free gold-plating facility in the U.S.
Using simple shapes, designer Katelin Reeser creates beautiful statement pieces that are bound to get you compliments. I’m in love with the aesthetics of her pieces and imagery! Materials are ethically sourced or recycled.
Do you have any favorite indie jewelry designers? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Automic Gold. As always, I only work with brands that I believe in and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my work!