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What is Sustainable Jewelry?

What is Sustainable Jewelry?

Eco-Friendly, Sustainable, Recycled. What does it all mean?

In an era where environmental consciousness is not just appreciated but expected, the spotlight has turned to an unlikely protagonist: jewelry. As Gen Z leads the charge towards a more sustainable future, their discerning eyes are seeking out brands and products that not only dazzle but also respect Mother Earth. Enter the world of sustainable or eco-friendly jewelry, a movement that's redefining luxury and responsibility in the fashion industry.

So what Is sustainable jewelry?

Sustainable jewelry, at its core, is about creating beautiful pieces in a way that minimizes environmental impact and ensures fair and safe working conditions. This can mean different things, from the materials used to the production processes and even the packaging. It's jewelry that tells a story – one of care, ethics, and a deep respect for our planet.

Boma Jewelry Earrings Veora Hoops

(Above: The Veora Hoops are made with 925 Sterling Silver that is from recycled silver grain).

Fine Jewelry vs. Fashion Jewelry

Opting for fine jewelry made of sterling silver and gold-plated sterling silver over fashion jewelry is a more sustainable choice for both the environment and your wardrobe. Fine jewelry, crafted from precious metals, not only stands the test of time due to its durability but also holds intrinsic value, making it more likely to be recycled, repurposed, or passed down through generations. In contrast, fashion jewelry often relies on cheaper, less durable materials that can quickly lose their appeal or break, leading to a higher turnover rate. This cycle significantly contributes to waste, as discarded pieces frequently end up in landfills, posing environmental hazards. Furthermore, the timeless nature of fine jewelry ensures it remains a cherished item in one’s collection, reducing the need for constant replacements and thereby diminishing the overall environmental impact.

(Above: An example of 925 Sterling Silver hallmark on Boma Jewelry.

By investing in fine jewelry, consumers actively participate in a culture of sustainability, valuing quality over quantity and supporting practices that prioritize the planet's health over fleeting trends. If you're looking for fine jewelry that's affordable for everyday wear, consider 925 Sterling Silver and Gold Plate or Gold Vermeil over Sterling Silver jewelry. To identify 925 Sterling Silver, look for the hallmarks in your jewelry or simply "925".

(Above: An image of silver grain created for recycled Boma Jewelry pieces).

Materials Matter

The journey to sustainability begins with the choice of materials. Eco-friendly jewelry often uses recycled metals, such as gold and silver, reducing the demand for newly mined resources which can have devastating ecological and social consequences. Ethically sourced gemstones, another pillar of sustainable jewelry, ensure that mining practices are responsible, and workers are treated fairly. Some brands even venture into innovative materials like lab-grown diamonds or upcycled elements, pushing the boundaries of what sustainable jewelry can be. 


(Above: An image of one of our female silversmiths, Roon who has been crafting Boma Jewelry for over two decades).

(Above: Boma Jewelry started the Boma Girl Fund in 2016 to formally donate funds for social programs for the workers and families of our jewelry makers). Each May, education scholarships including money for books and school materials are provided for the children of our workers who meet certain criteria.

Craftsmanship with a Conscience

Sustainability extends beyond materials to the very heart of jewelry making. Artisans are valued through fair wages and safe working environments, preserving traditional crafts and communities. This ethical approach not only enhances the intrinsic value of each piece but also ensures that the creation of beauty does not come at the cost of human dignity or environmental degradation.

The Impact Beyond the Sparkle

Choosing sustainable jewelry does more than reduce environmental impact; it supports a larger movement towards circular fashion, encourages innovation, and promotes social justice. It's a step towards transforming the jewelry industry into one that future generations can be proud of, where luxury and responsibility coexist.

(Above: Boma Jewelry is a certified B Corp company).

B Corp Certified Jewelry Companies

Choosing B Corp Certified jewelry brands is a powerful step towards sustainability and ethical consumerism. B Corp Certification is a prestigious designation that a company receives only after meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. By selecting jewelry from these certified brands, customers support businesses that prioritize not just profit, but the well-being of their employees, communities, and the planet. These brands often use recycled or responsibly sourced materials, employ fair labor practices, and implement environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. As a result, each piece of jewelry purchased not only adds beauty and meaning to your life but also contributes to a healthier planet and a more equitable world. Opting for B Corp Certified jewelry brands is a tangible way to align your purchasing decisions with your values, ensuring that your choice to adorn yourself or gift others does not come at the expense of ethical and sustainable practices.

The Future is Bright (and Sustainable)

As sustainable jewelry continues to gain traction, it's clear that this is more than a trend – it's a transformation. For the next generation of customers, the choice to support eco-friendly jewelry brands is a powerful tool for change, making a statement that extends far beyond aesthetic appeal. In their hands, jewelry becomes a beacon of hope, a symbol of progress, and a testament to the belief that even the smallest choices can make a significant impact.

In embracing sustainable jewelry, we find a beautiful convergence of style, ethics, and environmental stewardship. It's a journey towards a more sustainable future, one sparkling piece at a time.

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