We love adorning our fingers, wrists, necks, and ears with charming trinkets, but what we adore even more are vegan jewelry brands that dedicate themselves to thoughtful sourcing, strong messaging, and give-back initiatives that truly make an impact. Whether you’re in search of a well-made addition to your own collection or a sustainable gift for Mother’s Day, jewelry is an accessory that we hold dear for a lifetime. We’re opening up our jewelry boxes to share our favorite vegan women-owned, mission-driven brands and to help inspire your Mother’s Day gift shopping. Each of these nine skilled female artisans and entrepreneurs pairs her vegan values with a commitment to her craft—and it’s the reason we don’t hesitate to wear their handmade treasures every day.
Jewels by SJB
This Toronto-based, eco-conscious brand connects the world of quality jewelry with veganism. Founder and jewelry designer Sue Jean uses sterling silver, 14k gold-filled metal, and stunning genuine gemstones in her delicate pieces—which range from edgy ear-climbers to vegan message necklaces so you’re sure to find something your mom will love. She also donates a portion of the proceeds from each piece to organizations that help animals and humans in need.
2. Plant Posse
Plant-powered Brittney West and her team create whimsical, one-of-a-kind pieces that promote plant pride. Imagine brightly colored miniature avocados dripping from your ears or peeled bananas hanging from your mom’s neck. Each piece is hand-sculpted and hand-painted and made from nickel-free materials. Plus, a portion of their profits is donated to various animal sanctuaries and human-rights organizations.
For 10 years, artisan Marissa Lewis has been sharing her love for bohemian-style jewelry that is free of animal leather or feathers through Mishakaudi. Each one of Lewis’ pieces is individually hand-crafted in her workshop in Spokane, WA, where she lives with her two daughters, Jayli and Everly, and their French bulldog, Nahko. Keep mom looking chic with can’t miss layered gold and silver necklaces and tassel earrings made with vegan leather.
Lauren Shaddow Jewelry
Oakland, CA-based designer Lauren Shaddow creates made-to-order keepsakes that are hand-stamped with personalized messages and graphics on raw metals. From paw-print cuff bracelets to engraved rose-gold rings, Shaddow’s collection is meaningful, modern, and has a personal touch moms will enjoy. Her studio also plays a second act as a refuge for three rescued dogs, two of whom are seniors. And each year, the studio donates a portion of its earnings to local animal shelters that serve the city’s most vulnerable.
Los Angeles-based artist Melissa Minney hand-sculpts each piece of Westland Jewelry out of molten wax and casts it into recycled materials, such as old jewelry parts or hardware, using the ancient art of lost wax casting. Minney’s pieces also feature ethical, lab-grown or fair-trade diamonds and gemstones in intricate freeform styles so mom can rock her favorite stones and styles.
Peas and Love
Founded by Tanairi, Peas and Love specializes in stainless steel cuff bracelets and bar necklaces hand-stamped with cute messages such as “Plant Slayer,” “Be Kind to Every Kind,” and “Eat Beans Not Beings.” Tanairi also helps make a difference by planting a tree with every purchase. Gift your mom one-of-a-kind jewelery and help the envirmonement while doing it.
Christy Robinson Design
Jewelry maker Christy Robinson’s charming animal-shaped bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces can be used as conversation starters because of their bold messaging. Her pieces are made using earth-friendly metals such as aluminum and sterling silver. An ethical vegan for the last 20 years, Robinson currently donates a portion of proceeds to various earth, animal, and people-friendly charities. Mom will love the pieces in Robinson’s collection and the positive impact her gift makes.
New Jersey-based creative Brianna Bird recently debuted her first jewelry collection on Etsy. She specializes in handmade hoop earrings that feature colorful rainbow, unicorn, and flamingo charms, pretty pendants, and natural crystals. Bird’s collection is sure to catch any mom’s eye.
Fractal Moon Creations
Jewelry creator Briana Reeves uses nature and the earth as her inspiration when designing her intricate copper and stone pieces, which range from amethyst earrings to wire-wrapped moonstone necklaces. Reeves’ use of unusual stones such as labradorite, green fluorite, and tigers eye make her pieces unique, unforgettable, and sure to shine in mom’s collection.
Photo credit: Mishakaudi