Awesome, ethical fine jewelry pieces to invest in #Home#Shopping#ethics#jewelry#Shopping April 15 2016 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin I am making an effort to up my fashion game. I realized that I own no jewelry that isn't my wedding ring or very old things from Claire's (mostly lone earrings that smells a little funky). I would like to buy a few pieces fine jewelry — and I'm willing to save up for them — but I also have strong ethical concerns about the industry. I know vintage is an option, but availability is unpredictable. I save better when I know exactly what it is I want to buy, so I am interested in buying new. All of the ethical jewelry places I've found cater to the engagement/wedding market, which I totally get, but doesn't help me. Where can I find semi-fancy to fancy ethical (non-wedding) jewelry? -Amberella Related Post 5 jewelry storage options that you already have in your home I registered for this coral candle holder, thinking that eventually it would make a great dining room centerpiece. BUT, for the last seven years, we've... Read more Yes! I can help. I'm by no means the best at accessorizing, nor do I really enjoy it. That's why I've found a few key pieces of nice jewelry, and then only choose between those pieces. Most of them are so nice that they can stay on my body all the time, and be both dressy and casual. I've used Gemvara to illustrate some of the key pieces of fine jewelry you should invest in, because they're members of the American Gem Trade Association, supporting high ethical sourcing standards. Plus you can customize their pieces to your liking. I'm a big fan of yellow gold right now, but if you're not you can find all these styles in silver, white gold, and platinum… Simple, short, every day necklace Both Ariel and I have necklaces that are very similar to these, and we wear them all the time… 3mm round diamond necklace — $285 14k gold round diamond pendant necklace — $2585 (as pictured) Bonus necklace: I do NOT have one like this, but I wish I did. The Bold East West Pear Necklace with black onyx — $160 Long, layering necklace I break out my few longer necklaces for dressier occasions, or when I have a boring-ish outfit that needs a pop of something fun. Pure Pave Pendant with diamonds and aquamarine — $740 Double Bar 1-stone Y Necklace — $195 Bracelets I'm hard on my bracelets, so I like to wear a collection of solid gold bangles — they look pretty, I like the noise they make when they clink together, and they're solid as fuck. But I also love the look of one dainty bracelet to rock every fucking day… Jupiter Bangle with rock crystals — $1,650 Eclipse Pear Bangle with black onyx and diamond — $665 Three Stone Bar Bracelet with diamonds — $245 Rings My favorite trick for buying rings is to purchase stacking sets. That way, you can mix up looks, metals, and even sizes (if you enlist a jeweler to help make certain rings bigger or smaller), that way you can wear them all together, or spread them out over different fingers, depending on your mood… Princess Stacking Ring Set in rose gold and silver, with rock crystal and black diamonds — $1,280 Organic Stacking Ring Set with rose, yellow, and white gold and white sapphires — $1,090 Okay, those are my go-to fine jewelry pieces. What are yours? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS My fear of flying was conquered with some good storytelling NEXT Fake it 'till you make it, unless you're at the doctor: 7 lessons for the chronically ill Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] http://www.brilliantearth.com is also a great source for ethical jewelry. They are known for their engagement rings and ethical diamonds, but they sell regular fine jewelry and vintage pieces as well. 2 agree Reply Yes! Brilliant Earth is awesome. We've written about them on Home before!: http://offbeathome.com/valentine-gifts/ http://offbeathome.com/conflict-free-diamond-jewelry/ Reply Many jewelry stores, especially those carrying estate jewelry or even antique stores, will allow for layaway. Might be worth looking into if you think you could find a vintage piece you love, and then pay it off slowly. Also, if you aren't opposed to pawn shops, they really can have some interesting pieces with a bit of hunting. The things in pawn shops aren't always sad tales of people losing their things… Many people sell jewelry they don't want, or inherited, to pawn shops because it is easy and hassle free. I worked at one for a time, and there was a mother who thanked us profusely, because we made Xmas possible for her kids that year. Granted, there are sad stories too, but pawned items many times are just items people don't want anymore. 5 agree Reply Some jewelry stores are also starting to carry synthetic stones whose elemental structure is identical to those taken from the ground, except they are usually more "perfect". I believe only the id numbers seen with a loop show the difference. I have not investigated the environmental impacts such as water & energy use, but at least you know you aren't buying blood diamonds and they are less expensive. Also, if you are willing to consider semi-precious stones, check out your local art center and galleries for unique, local, hand made items. There you can often get to know the artist as well and ask about the source of the materials. 5 agree Reply Earrings! (assuming you have pierced ears). I strongly recommend getting a nice pair of small hoops, maybe like these: http://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/pave-huggie-hoop-earrings-1mm-gems/14k-rose-gold-earrings-with-diamond/r09bp. I prefer ones with the ends of the post enclosed but that's personal. I find posts really uncomfortable, to be honest, and extra so when I sleep in them. I have both silver and gold hoops that I can wear 24/7. I don't remove them when I shower or anything. They look super classy but involve no thought. Alternately, if you like posts, getting small gems or even plain knots or bars or something can be a nice way to look put together without having to think about it. 1 agrees Reply We had our wedding rings made by the amazing Ash Hilton (www.ashhilton.com) who uses all ethical and environmentally friendly processes to make his stuff (and it's beautiful!). I'd also suggest places like Etsy, as often small handmade businesses are more focused on ensuring their pieces are ethical and environmentally friendly. Of course, not everything has to be stones – wooden/meteorite jewellery is also beautiful and less worrisome about blood diamonds etc. Reply I love love love http://www.alyshawhitfield.com she specialises in just rings but has done other items in the past. I got my wedding set from her and it's absolutely perfect. She also takes care to ethically source her gemstones and recycles metal whenever she can so definitely a great choice for the conscious consumer! She even buys packaging from independents all across the US. If you want rings go check her out! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.