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Originally published by Fashila Kanakka. Last updated by Alisa Chau.
Can we get an “oh yes” from ladies and lads that love accessorising? A pop of jewellery here and there definitely adds personality to your fit, and it effortlessly reflects your individualistic sense of style. No judgement from us whether you like to go flashy—you know, go bold or go home—or you’d rather keep it minimalistic. If you’re a jewellery junkie looking for green options to light up your wardrobe, you can thank us later for this short (but stylish) list of places to shop for sustainable jewellery in Hong Kong.
Drawing you in with its sharp and sleek designs, each 2°EAST timepiece has been crafted to incorporate sustainable manufacturing processes from start to finish. Boasting collections for all ages, its wealth of styles show a variety that would suit any aesthetic, with interchangeable straps that allow you to mix and match to your heart’s content. Incorporating a production system that prizes ethical labour and materials that won’t harm the planet, 2°EAST delivers both in the realm of quality and also our responsibility for the environment.
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Selling products ranging from home accessories to fashion and beauty, The Slow Mode’s curated selection of unique items are handpicked with thoughtful details and “slowly” made with purpose, precision, and meaning. This Hong Kong-based brand aims to create a niche community where people can come together and share wellness stories and guides. You can shop for earrings, studs, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets and their style mostly incorporates beads, freshwater pearls, or precious stones with brass covered in 18-karat gold plating. The Slow Mode’s jewellery pieces are rather subtle with a pop of spring colours.
If you’ve watched Blood Diamond—you know, the Leonardo DiCaprio one—you get a glimpse into how cruel a world diamond mining can be. Such mining operations are a blow to the environment, as the excavated area is usually left with no further use afterwards, and a lot of dangerous manual labour goes into mining these precious gems.
Good thing then, that The Diamond Library provides ethical lab-grown alternatives, and they also donate one percent of their proceeds to She’s the First, a non-profit organisation devoted to providing educational opportunities for girls from low-income families. If you are looking for a meaningful place to pick out engagement or wedding rings, this place is it—and there are options for you to have them custom-made, too. Aside from that, you can also shop for chokers, bracelets, and earrings.
The Diamond Library, Shop G23, G/F, Mira Place, 132–134 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6019 3155
Time for some more local love! Earth.er was founded by Benny Yuen in 2012, and it all started in one of Hong Kong’s last remaining fishing villages, Tai O. Yuen creates designs that are inspired by the outdoors, using traditional Southeast Asian craft techniques and materials that are environmentally-friendly. Earth.er also donates parts of its proceeds to the World Vision organisation to help raise children in developing countries. Its tropical jewellery style is unparalleled and makes one feel like a true islander! Different motifs include dreamcatchers, the yin yang, and symbols taken from Hinduism. You can browse through selections of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Earth.er, G/F, 83 Kat Hing Street, Tai O, Lantau Island
Featuring diamonds and precious stones, Niin houses a range of wearable accessories ranging from clutches to cufflinks. Its necklaces make for great statement pieces; adorned with an eye-catching dyed agate necklace ($3,250) around your neck or the Ajei feather swing earrings ($2,200) dropping from your ear lobes, you’re about to be stealing looks! Niin collaborates with family-run businesses to create sustainable jewellery designs, using driftwood sourced by local communities in the Philippines, discarded abalone shells collected from Hong Kong restaurants, and furniture factory seconds to curate their products—their dedication to sustainability is indisputable!
Niin, 33 Gough Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2878 8811
At Via de Lourdes, you can easily pick something for everyday wear as well as special occasions, as the designs are chic and trendy whilst staying minimal. Its jewellery line incorporates raw, natural Brazilian and Indian gemstones, along with other uncommon materials. Plus, they are a proud member of the 1% for the Planet movement, where a portion of their sales goes towards environmental organisations! Via de Lourdes showcases bright colours that are perfect for spring and the upcoming beach season, oozing relaxing islander vibes to pair with your wardrobe. Follow them on their Facebook page for the latest news of their pop-ups around Hong Kong!
Founded by local gal Ishita Desai, one of Aanya’s main ethos is to empower women. Rural, tribal women in India have been marginalised in Indian society for centuries, and through employment opportunities, fair practices, and skill training, they are bridging the gap between empowerment and consumerism. Although Aanya focuses primarily on bohemian clothing, their distinctive range of ethically sourced and sustainably created accessories should not go unnoticed. Here, the designs are intricate, and the cherry on top is that their pieces are all limited in numbers and sourced from India. While you can browse Aanya’s jewellery pieces online, they actually stock more pieces in their Central boutique. Keep an eye out for their necklaces, which are the epitome of minimalistic—you can pair them with practically anything!
Aanya, G/F, 67 Hollywood Road, Central
Sagiri Dayal is a photographer-turned-jewellery-designer who became interested in the ancient art of Chinese knotting when she moved to Hong Kong. Repurposing old and found jade pieces, Dayal combines Chinese knotting with her Indian roots, crafting one-of-a-kind jewellery that is both beautiful and sustainable. Cognisant of her environmental impact, all accessories are made by hand and existing ornaments are recycled into new pieces where possible. Eclectic and bold, her designs can be paired with minimalistic outfits to really let them shine. Her collections are also sold through trunk shows and private sales—contact her via Instagram to find out more.