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5 responsibly sourced jewelry brands

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Wear your values with local jewelry brands that source their metals and stones responsibly. Photos from PENNY PAIRS

“Be the jewelry brand you wish to see” seems to be the ethos behind Penny Pairs, a small locally made jewelry brand that prioritizes the people who make its delicate wares, and the planet. All of its pieces have a base metal of recycled silver collected from qualified jewelry manufacturing plants all over the world.

For Earth Day, the brand pledged profits of its sustainable jewelry collection for the Yangil Tribe in partnership with For the Future, a vehicle to support various communities, from indigenous people to fisherfolk. It will be exciting to see how the aid will translate on the ground.

Here, a roundup of jewelry pieces by five like-minded brands that clock their environmental and social impact.

PENNY PAIRS

Star Ring - ₱1,299. Moon Ring - ₱1,299. Both from Penny Pairs pennypairs.com

Part of their new sustainable collection, these delicate star and moon rings from Penny Pairs meet the European Union’s REACH (Restriction, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals) regulation, put in place to reduce the number of harmful chemicals in the environment.

Lucy Hoops - ₱1,999. Lucy Huggies; ₱1,799. Julia Huggies; ₱1,999. All from Penny Pairs. pennypairs.com

The recycled silver base gets a gold coat in 18 karat, paved with cubic zirconia.

BIJOUXFÄH

Made with recycled refined gold, Bijouxfäh’s signature pieces include the Spring Ring, which meanders along the finger in a hypnotic coil.

Spring Ring, price available from Bijouxfäh.

ELEMENTAL BY SELA

Ruby & Cubic Zirconium Talisman in Yellow Gold Vermeil, ₱2,400, Elemental by Sela, from elemental.selagonzales.com.

This cheerful ruby and yellow gold talisman ring from Elemental by Sela makes use of earth-mined gems, i.e. those that are excavated from where they were formed.

Emerald & Moissanite Signet Ring in Yellow Gold Vermeil, ₱2,300, Elemental by Sela, from elemental.selagonzales.com

The classic signet ring in a reasonably priced vermeil, achieved by electroplating a silver base with gold.

NAMI

Nami makes hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, sterling silver pieces like this minimalist choker, crafted by Filipino artisans.

Ghost Choker, ₱3,790, NAMI, from nami.ph

RICH EARTH

Upcycled metals, responsibly-sourced gemstones and partnerships with Save Philippine Seas and Mano Amiga Academy (provider of quality education to underprivileged kids plus skills training for their families) make these darling studs from Rich Earth more than just ear candy.

Kaia Earrings, ₱2,500, Rich Earth Jewelry, from richearthjewelry.com

Meraki Signature Link Chain, ₱4500 (with the inclusion of amethyst, agate, aventurine, peridot, aquamarine and moonstone pendants), Rich Earth Jewelry, from richearthjewelry.com

With the playfulness of linked paperclip necklaces you used to make as a child, 18 inches of gold-plated chain serve as the medium for mixing and matching the brand’s responsibly sourced gemstone pendants. A different look each time.