Ethical jewellery has come along way in the last few years, with an explosion of jewellery designers working with recycled metals, Fairmined gold, ethically sourced gems and a move back to handmade eco-friendly processes.
We've trawled our networks, with some help from Harriet Kelsall, award-winning jewellery designer, the Chair of the National Association of Jewellers and non-executive director for the Responsible Jewellery Council, to discover the prettiest, most purposeful gold jewellery for Christmas.
Kelsall explains the approach she takes to ensure style and provenance for each piece she makes:
“We don’t call ourselves ‘ethical’ jewellers but we have always been passionate about improving how we work and influencing the wider jewellery industry to do the same. People come to us because they want a beautiful piece of jewellery; when they discover that it could be made in Fairtrade or recycled metal, using ethically sourced gemstones this is just an added bonus”.
The Vendeur 08/18
AS PART OF OUR WEEKLY BACK TO BASICS SERIES, WE ARE SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON GREAT WARDROBE STAPLES THAT ARE MADE TO LAST. BECAUSE TIMELESS BASICS ARE THE MOST SUSTAINABLE PIECES YOU CAN BUY.
When we think about the pieces of jewellery work hardest in our collections, we always come back to the pendant necklace. Simply because the easy shape seems to go with everything. It’s also a wonderful way to wear pendants and charms that are important to you on a daily basis. We love the flexibility of buying chains and pendants seperately, allowing the wearer to mix and match to suit your tastes. For those of us that simply can’t make up our minds, we wear multiple pendants on one necklace. Brands like Missoma have bought the medallion pendant back into the spotlight for 2018, but there are all sorts of styles out there to suit everyone.
Professional Jeweller 07/18
Hargreaves Stockholm champions female empowerment!
Ethical jewellery brand Hargreaves Stockholm has launched Empowerment, a meaningful collection designed to reflect modern society.
Crafted in Fairtrade ecological gold and silver, the Empowerment collection comprises earrings and pendants inspired by symbols derived from an ancient runic alphabet.
Used from the 2nd to 8th centuries, the Futhark runic alphabet, which has enthused the new range, is the oldest form of runic alphabet. It was used by Viking ancestors and was carved on many personal items including jewellery, swords and armour.
Retail Jeweller 06/18
Ethical jewellery brand Hargreaves Stockholm has launched Empowerment, a collection inspired by symbols derived from an ancient runic alphabet.
Ethica Magazine 03/18
The New Golden Age: The Rise of Ethical Jewellery
It's not just the demand for ethically produced food and fashion that's been increasing, fairtrade and ethical jewellery too is on the rise. From fairtrade metals, fairmined, recycled and upcycled gemstones, to working with local communities and cooperatives, paying fair prices and salaries and giving a percentage of profits to charities, many brands are changing the landscape of the jewellery world. When you purchase your next ring, bracelet, necklace, brooch, or pair of earrings, don't be afraid to ask questions; where was the metal sourced from? Have the diamonds, or other gemstones, been fairly mined? Where do they come from? What are the workers' conditions? Are they paid an adequate salary? Are there safety measures in their workplace? It's your right to know what your money is funding, and buying an ethical jewellery piece, will not just make you feel beautiful and special on the outside, but also on the inside.
JFW's Valentine's Day gift guide 2018, Hargreaves Stockholm, Freyr Ring, £10,500 – www.hargreavesstockholm.com
Pebble Magazine 02/18
Fealty bangle, Hargreaves Stockholm
We love this Viking inspired chunky 'fealty' bangle from ethical jewellers Hargreaves Stockholm. It's heavy and curvy in all the right places and works for guys and girls. It's hand-forged from Fairtrade silverand will last forever.
House of Coco 12/17
House of Coco have been lovely enough to include our Fairmined silver Tove earrings in their 2017 festive roundup, so if you're struggling for something to buy a loved one, or yourself, check it out!
A JEWELLER WITH A CONSCIENCE: MEETING HARGREAVES STOCKHOLM
Valuing ethics as highly as design, Hargreaves Stockholm are trailblazing new standards in fine jewellery. We spoke to founder and designer Jemima Hargreaves for the lowdown on what it means to be an ethical brand.
Looking for an shiny ethical Christmas gift? Take a look through this wonderful selection, including our very own Bracteate Fairmined ecological gold pendant, in JFW Magazines sparkling Christmas gift guide!
As soon as I landed in London from Sao Paolo, I sorted out my smashed car window, pulled myself together and made my way to London Fashion week. I brought much needed Brazilian sunshine with me to London by wearing a bright yellow dress. My favourite brands – who I have already featured on GEMOLOGUE – were showing at LFW this season: Paul Costelloe, Roksanda, Erdem, Sophie Webster, Emilia Wickstead, Joseph, OSMAN, Julien Macdonald and A.W.A.K.E.
I also caught up with jewellery designers (and discovered some new ones) showcasing their collection at Designers Showroom such as Zohra Rahman, Alexandrine Ni, Alighieri, Allison Bryan, AMBRA Fine Jewellery, Ana Thompson, charXchen, Chupi, Civilian London, DaisyKnights, Daou jewellery, Dea Jewellery, Frances Wadsworth Jones, GFG Jewellery, Hargreaves Stockholm, HSU Jewellery, Lily Kamper, Lola Rose London, Loveness Lee, Natalie Perry Jewellery, Pascale x James, P by Panache, Olivia Grace, Rachel Boston, Rose Carvalho, Safsafu, Sif Jakobs Jewellery, Shimell and Madden.
London Fashion Week Jewels Scintillating jewels filled the exhibition spaces during London Fashion Week SS18 at several exciting fine jewellery spaces. The Designer Showrooms at Store Studios, 180 Strand showcased pieces from new designers and established brands alike. Ethical Swedish brand Hargreaves Stockholm’s collections turned heads, made from Fairmined Eco gold and non-mined diamonds and gemstones. Our favourite piece was the Freyr ring which comprises a large orange solar-created sapphire set in red gold and diamonds.
Ideas surrounding diversity and sustainability have slowly been making their away into our popular culture; motivated, in part, by a new generation of politically-minded individuals who are not content with, essentially, maintaining the ‘status quo’.
I spoke to Natalie Perry and Jemima Hargreaves, both of whom are in the business of producing and designing ‘ethical fine jewellery’.
They were positive about London Fashion Week’s attempt to promote diversity and sustainability — a fundamental aspect of each of their businesses — noting that it was also influencing the culture within top brands, who sometimes tend to shy away from change and favour the more traditional approaches to jewellery production.
Precious Talents är ett språngbräde för nya varumärken inom ur- och smyckesbranschen. I år fick nio företag ta plats i den separata delen av Preciousmässan där många välkända varumärken börjat sin resa.
Guldsmeden Jemima Hargreaves från England gick från att tillverka unika smycken till filmer till att starta sitt exklusiva varumärke i Stockholm.
Ledordet i varumärket är hållbarhet och utöver att smyckena handtillverkas i etiskt guld, gör hon också askarna själv för att vara säker på att både material och arbetet är hållbart.
– Jag vill inte komprimissa med kvalité och etik och jag vill kunna svara på alla frågor jag kan tänkas få om ursprung eller miljö.
Fantastic to see Hargreaves Stockholm in Bon Magazine, what an honour! Many thanks to Daniel Björk for the taking the time to talk to us!
A lovely article from Tid & Smycken about us and the other Precious Talents 2017.
Odalisque Magazine 07/17
House of Coco 06/17
House of Coco were kind enough to include us in their Business Inspiration series. Read the full interview: www.houseofcoco.net/coco-business-inspiration-hargreaves-stockholm/
Elle Sverige 05/17
Thanks to Elle Sverige and Susanna Stromquist for the fabulous mention in the article on ethics in jewellery in June's issue of Elle.
Elle Sverige 05/17
Elle has included our Fairmined silver Fealty Torque and Fealty creole earrings in their online editorial on timeless summer style; accessorise cool blues and fine pinstripes with well chosen silver jewellery (like ours!)
Elle Sverige 05/17
A double mention from Elle Sverige, so great to be in the 'favoriter just nu' section