12 Jewelry Trends for 2016: Ethically Sourced Jewels

The annual list of 12 Jewelry Trends for 2016 serves as a guideline for store purchases in the new year, highlighting pieces and materials trending now, based on the clothing, color, red carpet, and real-life influences at work in the market. Ethically sourced jewels are the ninth trend on the list. Here are five new pieces for retailers to consider stocking.

Ethically sourced materials. Thanks to the patience of artists and individuals who care about everyone in the pipeline, ethically sourced looks will continue to become a priority. Stephen Webster and Chopard are pioneers with their support of Fairmined gold as was Eric Braunwart in the gemstone arena. More designers are getting involved through uses of recycled metals and ethically obtained stones, and jewelry stores can do the same. (For more information, read “Fairmined, Fairtrade, and the Ethical Gold Rush.”)


Little Star earrings in 18k recycled gold with 3.35 cts. t.w. ethically sourced mocha-color zircons, $1,925; Judi Powers


Branch Leaf necklace in 18k recycled gold with 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,625; Dawes Design


Ring in 14k Strawberry gold ring with 0.74 ct. t.w. Chocolate and Vanilla diamonds, 0.88 ct. t.w. Peach morganite, and 0.4 ct. t.w. Neopolitan opals, $4,897; Le Vian

Editor’s note: Le Vian’s supply chain in gold and diamonds is audited by third parties, and all of its factories are also audited by third parties to verify that they exhibit socially responsible practices and implement policies that protect worker safety.


Black Horn Barrel bracelet in 18k recycled gold with 13.24 cts. t.w. bezel-set black diamonds, $32,000; Sandy Leong

Editor’s note: Leong’s horn is ethically sourced


Empress ring in 18k yellow gold with 7.95 ct. Csarite, 1.39 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 0.65 ct. t.w. tsavorite garnets, $36,000; Erica Courtney

Editor’s Note: Csarite is ethically mined at the source in Turkey. All Csarite employees are housed and fed on-site and paid over and above the average earnings for miners in the region. Fully insured, employees work in safe conditions that are subject to regular government and environmental inspections.

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