Is your jewellery sustainable? Philomena Studio goes öko

Jewellery can make your outfit complete. You pick it for different occasions and moods, it makes you feel more feminine. And with a conscious lifestyle comes the question: is this fair and sustainable?

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With this in mind, I am again praising the buyerachy of needs. It's not only a concept applicable for consuming clothes, but many other buying decisions.

You work your way up the pyramid. Working with what you have is easy for those who don't see jewellery as a trend but invest in lasting pieces. I invested in pearl earrings in 2012, which I can keep for more than a season. They're classic and timeless. I may not wear them daily, but still keep these quality pieces. To me, these are like the little black dress, - every woman should have some. Investing in quality instead of quantity makes you shop less. Instead of buying fashion jewellery, try to stick to authentic materials.

Another option, which I refer to thrifting, swapping and borrowing, is digging yo mama's old jewellery, yeah! Shoutout to mine. Or even your grandmas pieces. Or great grandma. They grew up in times where fashion jewellery has not yet existed. No H&M or SIXX which coat plastic with chemicals, to give it a shiny golden surface. Hence, granny and mommy invested in quality without even questioning that. And in fact, it turns out to be a long lasting investment.

One of the rings I am wearing daily is my mums old one, she doesn't wear anymore. The other ring (which only fits my ring finger and makes guys assume I'm married haha) has been an investment in 2012. My mum has the same model for herself. The golden necklace is a Kim-piece, I've been wearing since I'm a newborn. It's handmade and unique and by now feels like a natural part of my body. The nose ring is coated steel and I unfortunately couldn't find a pure golden one yet. I've talked to a friend living in India, who may be able to get hold of such thing, but then again, - will it be produced fairly?

If you decide to buy jewellery new, buy it with intention. Luxury products tend to be bought with more consideration than fast moving consumer goods, - mainly for price reasons. But at the same time, ask yourself the question: "Will I be wearing this piece in 5 or 10 years still?" Be considerate. If you solely treat yourself for a once in a life time occasion, - move down the buyerarchy of needs and swap, borrow or thrift.

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This wonderful bracelet is handmade in London. The graceful and feminine style work great together with the fresh water pearls. And my pearl earrings.

Philomena Studio designs delicate, elegant and hand-made accessories to bring harmony to simple outfits. They represent the journey the founder has been on, from Madrid to Paris and now to London.  

Buying hand-made jewellery or pieces made locally supports not only your neighbours and local economy, but strengthen a small business idea directly. Philomena combines a craft with art and thus should be supported, like any other jeweler.

Stellamina recently did amazing research in this field (in German though) and found out more about green, fair, sustainable and conscious jewellery, which stands for:

  • good working conditions
  • fair wages
  • no child labour
  • less energy consumption
  • less chemical usage and heavy metals
  • no forced labour
  • no corruption and conflicts
  • legal procurement of raw materials
  • environmental friendly production

While presented councils and certifications for jewellery in this blog post, Stellamina also presents her top 10 fair and handmade labels here.

I hope this review, using the buyerarchy of needs as well as great insights by my blogger colleague Amina help you to rethink what green jewellery may mean to you. Which brands do you support?

This is an advertorial with Philomena studio. Thank you for the collaboration!