The right piece of jewelry is a powerful accessory that can instantly transform your look. Whether it’s a simple pair of earrings or an elaborate necklace, it can enhance how you see yourself and inspire more self-confidence.
But, are you aware of where your jewelry piece came from? Who crafted it and how was it made? How long will it last? Nowadays, “fast jewelry”, an iteration of fast fashion, has made it to countless online and retail shelves around the world. One of the ways to embrace a more eco-conscious lifestyle is opting for sustainable and ethical jewelry.
Now, practicing an eco-friendlier lifestyle shouldn’t necessarily hinder you from glamming up. Opting for slow fashion and selecting sustainable and ethical jewelry pieces to elevate your style and transform your outfits can help you look fashionable while staying conscious about the environment.
Selecting the Right Pieces
Sustainable and ethical jewelry can help fulfill both the need for self-expression and the desire for social consciousness. This is something we’ve highlighted in our blog post on selecting sustainable and ethical jewelry. Choosing sustainable and ethical jewelry enables you to glam while you take an active part in environmental conservation and support access to more humane livelihoods.
If you’ve just started building your sustainable jewelry collection, you might want to begin with subtle or classic pieces, such as simple hoop or stud earrings and a pearl necklace.
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To help you further, we’re sharing a few things you should do when choosing sustainable and ethical jewelry:
- Do Your Research
Doing research beforehand helps you make more informed buying decisions. It’s important to find pieces that are unique and are aligned with your style, but it’s also essential to look up where their materials were obtained and how they were made.
Before purchasing a piece, check if the brand is transparent about how it sources and manufactures jewelry. Check what the piece is made of, how its gems were extracted, and how these gemstones were processed.
At ioola, we thoroughly vet our suppliers and use reclaimed silver as part of our jewelry making process to ensuring sustainability. We work with Balinese artisans who have had over 40 years of experience in handcrafting jewelry, nurturing their creativity while supporting a more humane way of making accessories.
- Check the Supply Chain
Find brands and manufacturers that have a transparent supply chain so you’d be able to trace where the piece of jewelry comes from and where it’s made. We only use natural hand-picked gemstones, such as moldavite and moonstones, to ensure sustainability and quality.
When choosing jewelry, consider their quality. Opt for pieces that are well-made, versatile, and timeless. These qualities ensure that your pieces would age well and complement various outfits. Furthermore, classic pieces, such as a dainty necklace or a pair of hoop earrings, can be used for a long while. Regardless of seasonal trends, they won’t go out of style.
- Show Off Your Natural Shine
Adopting a more holistic and sustainable approach to glamming up means more than just having timeless and ethically made clothing, makeup, and accessories. You would also need to focus on yourself and promote natural inner beauty, which would radiate and shed a positive light on the world around you.
Here are some tips that can help your inner beauty shine brighter than any gemstone:
Caring for Your Mind, Body, and Soul
- Start your day right
Adopting a morning routine that would help set the tone for the whole day. Go out for a morning jog or brew a fresh cup of coffee. Take the time to reflect on the things you’re grateful for or on your plans for personal development. Starting the day right can even be as simple as reading pages from your favorite book.
- Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated throughout the day helps regulate your body temperature, keep your organs working properly, and improve your sleep quality.
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- Practice self-love
Self-love is a broad term that essentially means appreciating and accepting yourself. It also means prioritizing your own well-being and happiness. How each person defines self-love can vary greatly. For some, it can mean not being too hard on yourself. For others, it can mean taking a break from toxic people or setting boundaries.
Regardless of its definition, self-love entails having a healthier mindset. It involves practicing mindfulness and doing an “inner detox”—setting limits and boundaries to toxic influences and environments. It’s practicing self-care, whether it’s exercising regularly, getting a good night’s sleep, or establishing a skincare routine. It’s adopting healthy habits, as well as performing intentional actions.
- Show your skin some love
Creating a skincare ritual can help you become more mindful and gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself and your body. The first step to building a skincare routine is knowing your skin type. There are five types: oily, dry, combination, sensitive, and normal.
Once you know what your skin type is and have a better understanding of what it needs, you can select the right products for giving your skin the love and care it needs. A basic skin care routine usually involves cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and applying sun protection. Complement your routine with proper nutrition and hydration. Finding ways to manage stress in healthy ways can also greatly benefit your skin. You can try performing deep breathing exercises and meditation.
Finding Jewelry That Complements Your Inner Beauty
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Ethical fashion can take on many forms, one of which is jewelry. There’s a growing concern for more eco-conscious and more humane ways of producing jewelry.
We at ioola continue to rise to the challenge of producing sustainable and ethical jewelry that can help highlight your natural beauty. We believe that our pieces inspire women to embrace a more conscious way of glamming up without compromising style and quality.
ioola jewelry brings out the best in every woman. Our accessories bear a minimalist style makes them timeless and versatile, so you can mix and match them with any outfit. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted by our artisans whose years of experience and craftsmanship are reflected in their work.
More than being fashion statement pieces, our collection of sustainable and ethical jewelry is a statement for the planet and the people.