I love a good statement earring. It’s a versatile accessory that can be worn day or night, with a cocktail dress or a simple t-shirt and messy bun. There is no shortage in variety when it comes to statement earrings, which can be colorful, geometric, shiny, with tassels or fringe. It seems that costume jewelry has made a serious comeback.
One complaint people have about fair trade or ethically made items is that they don’t look “contemporary” enough. So I scoured the web for modern sustainable statement earrings by my favorite brands. Here are 20 of my favorites. Each pair is ethically made and/or supports a great cause. All earrings are as unique as the artisans who designed them and will surely make a statement.
These brass earrings are skillfully made by hand by disadvantaged women in Tennessee.
The perfect balance between modern and classic.
These up cycled aluminum earrings are made by empowered women in Haiti.
These light earrings are made with antiqued metal and leather fringe by women in Nepal.
These earrings are inspired by modern art by empowered artisans in India.
This oversized pair is handcrafted in Kenya with ethically collected horn and recycled brass.
Purchases of these earrings support sustainable community development in Kenya.
These eco-conscious earrings are handmade with cellulose acetates in Atlanta, Georgia.
Also available in other colors/designs.
These marble green beauties are hand-glazed in Barcelona and made with eco-friendly materials.
These beautiful hoops are made by extracting cellulose fibers from cotton and wood pulp. Also available in other colors/designs.
These beautifully crafted earrings are handmade in the United States.
These hoops are made with brass and cotton tassels in the United States.
All David Aubrey earrings are handmade using raw materials.
These bohemian inspired earrings are crafted by women in Cambodia. Also available in other colors.
Purchases of all Penh Lenh earrings support marginalized women in Cambodia.
Purchases of these hand carved horn earrings support the Akola women in Uganda.
Izzy Earrings- Akola
These decadent earrings are made with hand-rolled Keratasi paper beads, hand-carved horn, and raffia tassels. Also available in blue.
Twirl Drops- 31 Bits
These stunning drops are handmade by artisans in Bali. Also available in gold.
These earrings are made with cruelty-free bone and the work provides sustainable jobs for over 80 families in New Delhi, India.
These movement-inspired earrings were handcrafted in Kenya.
Made from up-cycled horn, these hoops are made using traditional techniques.