8 TIPS TO BUY SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY
Conversations about sustainability swing many a party these days. Sustainability was a fad, but now it is the spirit of life. There has been a shift in the fashion industry and even a reawakening in the jewellery industry. Outsourcing is turning ethical. If you thought you do your bit with a wardrobe revamp, your natural and costume jewellery needs a re-haul as well. Focus on 8 TIPS TO BUY SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY if you want to save your environment..
What is Sustainable Jewellery?
Jewellery that is produced with environmental and corporate social responsibility is sustainable jewellery. Using materials that reduce energy, water and waste usage makes it sustainable. Sustainable jewellery is better for our world, and humane to the metalsmiths who make it. Jewellers offer a safe working atmosphere and decent wages.
Brands these days have become conscious and are using materials bought in the right way with a lesser damaging effect on the environment. Three points to note while buying sustainable jewellery; material, process, and how it is procured.
8 TIPS TO BUY SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY
1. Buy Ethically Sourced Gems
Buy jewellery that has certifications proving that they are non-hostile and meet the standard norms.
2. Recycled Material
Yes, jewellery makers are using second-hand gems to reduce their impression on the ecosystem. Gold, silver or stainless steel made into jewellery can be melted and remodelled into new designs. This would be more ethical as you could reduce child labour and poor working conditions in the mines.
If you want to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint, ruminate on the ecologically procured diamonds when you are purchasing your precious gems.
3. Modernize or redo Family heirlooms
In India, we have the practice of passing on jewellery pieces that embody our traditions and culture. These heirlooms are antiques, priceless as they are like a pandora’s box, full of tales. Instead of selling or melting the gold to craft the latest designs, remodel those legacy pieces. Or if you are looking to invest in jewellery, then invest in contemporary jewels that will one day become heirlooms.
4. Support Traditional Artisans
Our traditional artisans are struggling to make ends meet and sustain their traditional craftsmanship. Traditional pieces take a long time to complete and their livelihood relies on this. Classic designs are always in and it is a good investment.
5. Less is more
Brandish your statement curios in a minimalistic and multipurpose way to outdo any time and occasion. Stylise your look with jewellery that looks good with ethnic and western wear. Choose an objet d’art that you can wear and flaunt for a lifetime.
6. Reusable Packaging
Buy jewellery that is packaged in a recyclable box. See that the packaging is simple and will reduce plastic waste. Be aware of the environmental impact of your purchase.
7. Invest in lab-grown diamonds
Lab-grown diamonds are like natural diamonds. Both are roughly identical, with the same physical, chemical and optic properties. So we also considered them natural diamonds. They grow in a lab rather than mined. Natural diamonds take billions of years to develop while lab-grown takes just about a month.
8. Why you should buy lab-grown diamonds?
a. To Be Socially responsible
b. Smaller environmental impact
c. It is priced less
d. Better quality for the same amount
Buy jewellery that is worth passing down as a legacy. Gift these to your loved one while sharing the emotion and thoughts attached to the piece. Enlighten them about how essential it is to keep the tradition alive and pass down the heirloom.
‘This post is part of Blogchatter’s CauseAChatter’
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