Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Jewelbots Are High-Tech Friendship Bracelets That Teach Girls to Code

What better way to teach preteens about coding than the beloved friendship bracelet. Jewlbots is a new line of smart friendship bracelets that hook up with a smartphone app to teach…

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Man Turns Bone From Amputated Leg Into Engagement Ring

When Mike Perrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Melita, in 2011, he offered her more than a piece of his heart. He also gave her part of his shinbone. The Guernsey man, who had his…

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Paula Ortega Uses Milk Proteins to Make Biodegradable Jewelry

Innovative jewelry designer Paula Ortega’s new line is as fleeting as beauty itself. Made from an impossible-sounding mix of metals and milk proteins, the “wearable sculptures”…

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This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and…

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

MATERIAL HAZARDS Several of the pieces mimic silhouettes found in nature—Carnell’s way of echoing the plight of marine animals, from seabirds to bivalves, who mistake plastic…

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Artist Merry Coor Turns Loved Ones' Ashes Into Memorial Pendants

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust? Not if you’re California glassmaker Merry Coor. The Eureka resident specializes in making “ash beads”: tangible mementos of the deceased…

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Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

VALAR MORGHULIS But while the show—and the books on which it’s based—are fiction, the techniques Pyrrha employs are not. The company uses the traditional art of lost-wax…

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Actress Marion Cotillard Designs Ethical Jewelry for Chopard

Photo by Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock Marion Cotillard is trading the camera lens for a jeweler’s eyeglass, at least for the moment. The Oscar-winning actress is working with…

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A…

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Jenny Wu's 3D-Printed "Lace" Jewelry is Architecture You Can Wear

WEARABLE ARCHITECTURE Comprising necklaces, rings, and earrings that intertwine in dizzying, unexpected ways, Lace pushes the limits of 3D printing as a medium. To bring her vision to…

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts to Make Spirits Bright

Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one’s attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff…

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Meet K/ller, Winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

Photos by Cicero deGuzman Jr. Looks like Ecouterre should have a side gig in soothsaying. Just six months after we K/ller Collection as an eco-fashion designer to watch, the Brooklyn…

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Melissa Joy Manning's Handmade Jewelry Fuses Luxury, Sustainability

Jewelry should be about self-expression, embellishment, and adornment that lets the individual shine as brightly as the pieces they are wearing . The last thing anyone should worry…

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D&H Jewelers' Conflict-Free Wedding Rings Feature Reclaimed Metals

Tying the knot with a sparkling ring is many an environmentalist’s dream, but not its often-produced side effects of civil war, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation.…

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Naomi Kizhner's Invasive Jewelry Turns Body Movement Into Electricity

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES Kizhner’s jewelry isn’t for wimps. The “Blood Bridge,” for instance, features spikes on each end for insertion into a vein on the lower…

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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

WEARABLE ART Peterson and Russell say that their primary goal is to restore confidence in the women they hire. Many of them left their jobs when they entered the shelter seeking refuge…

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Able Made, Pamela Love Create Necklace for Brooklyn Animal Shelter

Shopping at Able Made is always a two-fer. Known for its collaborative spirit, the conscious e-tailer has worked with likes of Public School, Melissa Joy Manning, Loomstate’s…

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This Safety Bracelet Signals for Help When You're in Danger

When you need help immediately, fumbling for your phone to call 911 may not be quick enough, but having an emergency call button on your wrist would certainly ramp up the response time.…

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