Your Guide to Shopping Sustainable and Ethical Jewellery

Your Guide to Shopping Sustainable and Ethical Jewellery

Are you a fashionista with a heart for the planet? Well, guess what: you can glam up without sacrificing your values. That’s right. Eco-chic adornments are a thing. No wonder why the sustainable jewellery market is booming

With rising global temperatures and the depletion of natural resources, making mindful choices has become more important than ever. Fortunately, you don’t have to compromise your style to do your part for the environment. 

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Our guide will reveal more about stunning jewellery crafted from gold-filled and 925 sterling silver. These materials are not chosen merely for their beauty but for our commitment to ethical practices. As they say, true beauty is more than appearance; it’s about the values we proudly wear every day!

Understanding Sustainable & Ethical Jewellery

Sustainable jewellery is designed with materials and processes that minimise harm to the planet. Contrarily, ethical jewellery ensures fair treatment of workers throughout the production chain. Besides, it is crafted thoughtfully with a traceable and transparent supply chain. 

But how does this make a difference? Traditional jewellery production often leaves a hefty carbon footprint and involves exploitative labour practices (not cool!).

So, when opting for sustainable and ethical pieces, you’re not just accessorising but supporting eco-friendly practices. This, in turn, empowers communities for a better, more positive tomorrow. 

Materials Matter: Gold Filled Jewellery & 925 Sterling Silver

Gold-filled and 925 sterling silver have significantly lower environmental impacts than traditional jewellery materials like mined gold or cheap alloys. Here’s how.

  • Gold-filled and 925 materials are often recycled. This reduces the need for new mining and minimises waste, otherwise common in mined gold.
  • Gold-filled Jewellery pieces have a thick layer of gold bonded to a base metal. This ensures durability and resistance to tarnishing, which is a plus. Likewise, 925 sterling silver boasts timeless elegance and remarkable resilience.

Therefore, investing in these materials is more than just adding sparkle to your wardrobe. It implies you’re making a conscious choice for the planet and securing pieces that will stand the test of time. 

Identifying Sustainable & Ethical Jewellery

Where there’s a product, there’s a possibility of misleading claims. Therefore, discerning genuine quality is essential for conscious accessorising. Here are a few things to consider.

  • Look for pieces crafted from recycled materials or ethically sourced gemstones
  • Opt for brands committed to transparency, ethical labour practices, and environmentally friendly production methods. 
  • Seek out jewellery with certifications like Fairtrade or endorsements from reputable organisations. 
  • If something feels off, it might literally be the case. Trust your gut and seek alternatives that align with your values and style. 

Styling Sustainable & Ethical Jewellery Pieces

Sustainable and ethical jewellery offers a unique blend of fashion and substance, and if you know how to style it, that’s the cherry on top. Here are a few tips for each jewellery piece to adorn yourself with intention and integrity. 


  • Consider a dainty pendant necklace or layered chain for a casual day out. This will add a subtle touch of elegance without overwhelming your laid-back look. Perfect for a relaxed day out!
  • Go for sleek and minimalist pieces – think Zodiac Oval Necklace or Initial Necklace – for professional settings. This will help add sophistication without distraction. 
  • Bold and chunky necklaces are suitable for an evening glam. They add a touch of glamour to your attire and ensure you shine bright all night long. 


  • If you have a round face, go for angular or geometric earrings. They help elongate the face to achieve a more balanced and flattering look. 
  • With the versatility of an oval face shape, you can experiment with various earring styles to highlight your features and effortlessly express your unique personality. 
  • Heart-shaped face women should opt for teardrop or chandelier earrings. They draw attention downwards and balance the width of the forehead. This creates harmony with your narrower chin characteristic. 
  • Hoop earrings or elongated drops are perfect to soften the angular features of a square face. They add curves and create a more feminine silhouette.


  • If you’re looking for your engagement ring, consider practicality and personal preference above all. Make sure the ring you choose complements your lifestyle and reflects your individuality.
  • Your daily wear ring should ideally showcase your style. However, since it is meant to be worn every day, go for something sleek and minimal, like a Cyanne Woven Ring or Donna Hammered


  • Simple and understated bracelets offer the versatility and comfort you need for daily wear. You can also mix and match with other pieces for a more personalised look. 
  • Bold cuff bracelets and intricate designs are suitable for special occasions. They add an air of elegance and glamour to your ensemble. 
  • To make a confident yet stylish impression in the workplace, go for sleek and minimalist designs. They complement your professional attire and minimise distractions. 

Caring for Your Sustainable Jewellery

Like a neglected garden that becomes overrun with weeds and loses beauty, your sustainable jewellery might lose its lustre without proper care. Here’s how to ensure that doesn’t happen. 

  • Gentle cleaning. After each wear, use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe away dirt and oils from your gold-filled and 925 sterling silver pieces. This will prevent tarnishing and keep them looking their best. 
  • Skip harsh chemicals. Opt for a gentle cleaning solution made with mild soap and water. It will help remove stubborn grime without harming your jewellery (or the environment)
  • Storage solution. Keep your jewellery in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Think of it as giving them their own cosy little hideaway to keep them safe and snug. 
  • Occasional polishing. Treat your pieces to an occasional polish with a special silver or gold polish to bring back their sparkle and keep them shining bright.
  • That’s a Wrap!

    Every jewellery piece we choose is a chance to make a positive impact. By opting for sustainable and ethical options, we not only adorn ourselves but also support a greener, fairer future. 

    At Ohzo Jewellery, we believe in a world where style is synonymous with responsibility, and every sparkle tells a story of hope, harmony, and humanity. Our mindfully crafted jewellery pieces reflect a commitment to sustainability and enduring elegance. 

    Browse through our store to find a piece of jewellery that best suits your preferences and personality – without adversely impacting Mother Earth!

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