Green Jewelry: Fashionable, Recycled Jewelry Gains Popularity

| 10/12/2009 3:08:06 PM

When it comes to jewelry, I envision diamonds, rubies and sapphires. I never imagined wearing newspaper, industrial waste and  instrument strings around my wrists, neck and fingers.

I should have known better. Anything is possible, especially when it comes to recycled, reused and salvaged jewelry.

Green jewelry, like recycled fabric clothing, is in style. Emeralds are no longer the only way to green your treasure chest. Choose conflict-free diamonds, eco-friendly gold jewelry or fair-trade gem jewelry to green your jewelry box. For the daring among us, there are a few more eco-friendly options.

Newspaper jewelry

Not only does green jewlery designer Holly Anne Mitchell use newspaper to create bracelets, brooches, cufflinks, earrings and neckpieces, but she has added sweetener packets, unlucky lottery tickets and expired coupons to her assortment of green jewelry designs. To protect the papers from rain and body moisture, she coats the beads with a moisture resistant sealant. Holly Anne Mitchell’s green jewelry ranges in price, from $59 for a comic strip brooch to $599 for a crossword puzzle bracelet with sterling silver trim.

newspaper necklace
Newspaper jewelry is becoming increasingly popular. Photo by feltrinella/Courtesy Flickr. 

9/17/2014 6:19:13 AM

Such jewelries are awesome!

7/23/2014 11:14:09 AM

My best friend is fond of green jewelry, she saw the first newspaper jewelries when we went on a road trip in Wisconsin and she bought a couple of products right away. The only diamond ring she bought is for her son`s wedding that will take place in September, she saw a great offer on and bought it now in case the offer will expire.

6/27/2014 3:09:29 PM

I hope I'll see more designers going on this path. I see a lot of potential in finding new ways to create green jewelry. I saw some nice recently and I was fascinated with how beautiful they can be, they weren't that expensive neither.