Mining and processing metals can be incredibly damaging to the natural environment. That’s why artists Dara Gerson and Ashley Lowengrub of alkemie jewelry have committed themselves to creating pieces that are both beautiful and socially responsible. Made from 100% reclaimed metals, non-toxic dyes, and sustainably farmed leather these unique pieces are handmade in LA where their eco-conscious business practices apply to their employees as well by promoting fair trade and a living local wage.
I love their line of rings, many of which pay homage to the various animals around us and all of which are inspired by the natural world. Each piece comes with an explanation. For example, the Wild West Ring “is the embodiment of the wild west. Open landscapes, exposure to the elements, vast sky, clean air!”
Similarly eco-friendly, jewelry by Alex and Ani is made in the US using recycled materials. Owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian believes in creating pieces that will protect the environment and promote social consciousness. Her designs reflect the philosophy that beauty is natural and her pieces seek to encourage wearers to celebrate their own unique elements.
Created to be worn alone or combined, Alex and Ani bracelets and rings are expandable to create a perfect fit. The Air Wrap Expandable Wire Bangle is simple and stunning on its own but stacked with other expandable bracelets makes a fun collection.