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What Is Sustainable, Green, and Recycled Jewelry?

by Katie Jones March 02, 2017

What is sustainable jewelry?

Vintage 4-leaf Clover, Wishbone PinLet’s start with a quick definition of sustainability. Merriam-Webster defines sustainability as, “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” Woah, that's a run-on sentence. Let's break it down.

When it comes to jewelry, sustainability is all about the impact the jewelry has on the environment. Sustainable jewelry leaves the smallest carbon footprint possible by recycling metals, using sustainable mining techniques, and by upcycling or recycling jewelry.

Why is vintage jewelry sustainable?

Other than repairs or minor changes that are made, no new resources are required to create vintage jewelry. It’s the most sustainable jewelry option. Plus, by purchasing a piece of vintage jewelry you ensure the metal isn’t melted down and recycled, which is sustainable, but not as sustainable as keeping the jewelry in its original state.

Why should I buy sustainable jewelry? 

Because it’s super pretty AND super good for the planet. Win-win. It’s that simple.

Vintage Erte Ring



Katie Jones
Katie Jones

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Katie is one of Atique's Co-Founders. She grew up in Upstate New York, where as a child, she loved exploring the pages of vintage books. Today she gets to enjoy exploring the world of vintage jewelry.