Founded and inspired by country Victoria and Australia's natural landscape, S-kin Studio founder Chi Mai was on a mission to create both ethical, sensitive skin-friendly pieces. "We take every step possible to minimise our effect on the environment and reduce the negative effects of fast fashion by taking a holistic view to our jewellery making process," Mai says. Pieces are sourced from small businesses around the world, which only produce solid gold, sterling silver and gold-filled jewellery which prolongs the life of the brand's pieces and reduces the consumer's footprint.
Alighieri, founded by London-based designer Rosh Mahtani, is a collection of jewellery inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’, with each piece corresponding to one of the poet’s 100 poems. Everything is made by hand using a process of lost-wax casting, in recycled bronze, ethically sourced in Italy. The brand counts celebrity fans such as Alexa Chung.
This Australian-based label's values lie in both durability and sustainability, using locally recycled and refined precious metals all hand-carved, cast and polished in its Sydney studio. The label operates off a 'Green Studio' too, ensuring a carbon offset for couriers wherever possible, as well as biodegradable packaging. On top of its already ethical practices, RUUSK has made a further commitment to plant a tree for every piece purchased, with designer Tania Gnecchi Ruscone saying: "We believe that no positive act is too small and that every step in the right direction is worth celebrating."
At the core of Australian-based jewellery designer Holly Ryan's eponymous label is simplicity and wearability. Each piece is carefully considered to capture modern architecture, sculpture and conceptual art in a wearable way, with Ryan's passion for sustainability front and centre of every collection. Minimising its environmental impact, pieces are created using sustainable materials and low or zero-waste processes. All metals are recycled and stones are sourced as ethically as possible.
Melissa Joy Manning
Jewellery designer Melissa Joy Manning has championed sustainability and ethically sourced materials since her brand's inception in 1997 and is even a founding co-chair of the CFDA Sustainability Committee. The label uses diamonds and precious stones that are responsibly sourced while also operating from a Green Certified studio, including a zero-waste policy.
The Line Of Sun
This unique, Australian-based label created pieces that are designed and made in Melbourne from locally sourced materials. With minimising waste as an important focus in its ethos, each of The Line Of Sun's collections is created in small runs with every scrap of metal saved during the working process and melted down to create new works. The result is intricately patterned and textured jewellery inspired by constant experimentation and evolution.