Vestiaire Collective wants to help you look and feel amazing without putting a hole in your budget or the ozone layer. We do that by promoting a circular fashion movement that promotes buying pre-loved instead of new to preserve the resources of our precious ecosystem. With so many beautiful pre-loved pieces already available on our app, you don’t have to choose between having luxury or your values. Today we want to introduce you to five contemporary jewellery designers that are making innovative, high-quality pieces for the modern lifestyle. When you shop for these labels on the Vestiaire app, you are taking a big step toward a more sustainable — and sparkly — future.
Maria Black is a Danish contemporary fine jewellery brand that aims to help the wearer express their individuality with a balance between a clean aesthetic and an edgy cool. Sculptural pieces characterise this line in precious metals that give a fresh, contemporary feel. Maria Black isn’t afraid to show some attitude by using dramatic studs and geometric shapes. The wide range includes simple, classic pieces and playful designs that will help you curate an eclectic, creative look. Each piece is designed to be worn however you can imagine — so mixing, matching, and stacking are all totally acceptable and encouraged.
Maria Black’s unique and affordable signature styles include statement earrings sold as singles so you can rock the asymmetrical look. The brand also is known for its family rings that are perfect for gifting to the stylish sibling or fashion-forward parent in your life. David Bowie inspires Maria Black; therefore, it makes sense that the most important driving force behind the label is inclusivity. This label breaks down gender barriers by believing that men can wear pearl earrings, women aren’t restricted to dainty looks, and jewellery is for everyone.
Maria Black is also firmly committed to making positive environmental decisions. The company makes accountability and transparency a top priority. This month, the house is switching to only lab-grown diamonds in an effort to reduce the devastation caused by mining.
If you are game to push boundaries in fashion and for the greater good, head to Vestiaire to pick up some chic rocker jewellery from Maria Black.
For the bold artistic crowd who isn’t afraid to stand out, here’s a jewellery brand you will love. Katerina Makriyianni creates colourful handmade jewellery that is distinctive, fun, and memorable. The high-quality designs are crafted in a workshop in Chania, Greece. The founder, Katerina Makriyianni, is the daughter of two jewellery makers, but she first went to university for theatre- perhaps why her pieces have a flair for the dramatic. Jewellery is her way of combining her love of family, art, and theatre.
KM uses a wide range of materials, including fabric, feathers, and precious metals, to create whimsical designs in vibrant colours that bring a joyous, free feeling. The house’s signature fringed fan earrings in handwoven wool is a favourite on Instagram, and it’s obvious why. They are statement earrings begging to be photographed. It’s a unique piece for a strong, confident person with a sense of fun to celebrate their spirit.
A great way to live a more sustainable life is by choosing pieces that you will wear forever. But of course, sometimes you want to change things up, especially with statement pieces. That’s ok! You can shop for gently used statement pieces from KM and many other jewellers through Vestiaire Collective. It’s a way of extending the lifespan of an already existing piece and ensuring that the resources involved in making it are used to the fullest. Who needs fast fashion when you have unique, handcrafted jewellery available through an easy and fun app? You can make a fashion statement and an ethical statement at the same time when you wear a pre-loved Katerina Makriyianni.
You don’t always think of the ear as the most glamorous part of the body, but Maria Tash is on a mission to change that. She has taken body piercing and turned it into high fashion. Maria got her start in a piercing studio and later turned to jewellery design, where over the last twenty years, she has made a name for herself as an innovative force in the field. Part artist and part researcher, she was the first to consider anatomy when designing jewellery to be more comfortable for the wearer. From clicker rings to true fit naval jewellery to internally threaded earrings, her contributions to pierced jewellery are numerous. And celebs can’t get enough of it. From Rihanna to Uma Thurman to the Queen of Jordan, Maria Tash is the piercer of the stars.
Maria Tash is also responsible for the multiple ear piercings style that’s made its way into mainstream circles. She credits her smaller, more comfortable jewellery as why even grandmothers can be seen sporting the look. This is jewellery you can wear 24/7 and still feel comfortable. She designs for all ages and genders in mind. No wonder she has such a cult following.
Maria Tash has been in business for almost thirty years, proving that elegant, edgy piercings are here to stay. Longevity in fashion goes hand in hand with sustainability since the more you wear a piece, the less its overall climate impact. We also applaud her commitment to only using ethically sourced, conflict-free diamonds. You can shop Maria Tash’s most elegant pieces second-hand on the Vestiaire Collective app for a thoughtful approach to fashion.
The French-Algerian, Anissa Kermiche, took the long road to jewellery design. She originally studied to become an engineer, and you can still see a passion for precision, order, and geometry in her pieces' strong lines and shapes. Luckily for her throngs of fans, she turned to full-time jewellery making with her eponymous line in 2016. Today her brand celebrates powerful and funny women with sensual pieces in luxury materials like pearl and gold-plating, oftentimes using the female form as inspiration. That’s not to say men can’t wear Anissa Kermiche — her male clientele adores her Precieux Pubis pendant.
Anissa is fascinated by the exquisite shapes in everyday objects. That attention to detail led her to make earrings inspired by fortune cookies strewn on a table and the resulting piece, Panniers Dorés, was what launched her career. She designs for those with a bit of a rebellious streak and names her pieces with a hint of humour, like Rubie Boobies.
Like Anissa, we champion women and men who rebel against the status quo. This includes those saying no to fast fashion and instead choosing well-made, thoughtfully crafted labels like Anissa Kermiche. Fast fashion is causing terrible harm to our earth through the proliferation of toxic waste, chemical dumping, and deforestation. The time to change how we shop for luxury jewellery and fashion is now. The way to do it is by choosing second-hand over new. As a consumer, your daily shopping decisions can dictate the kind of world the next generation will inherit. Choosing pre-loved jewellery from Vestiaire Collective honours the past while believing in the future.
Lou Yetu is a proudly French brand that designs cool jewellery pieces tough enough to endure all the daily abuses we put on our beloved jewels. Especially when we think about all we do with our hands on a given day, our rings must be durable. You don’t have to worry with Lou Yetu — each piece is designed to be water-resistant and won’t blacken over time. You’ll still want to check out the care instructions since that will help the longevity of your jewellery, a helpful step in being an environmentally responsible consumer.
But that’s not all Lou Yetu offers. Founder Camille Riou is a master of the eclectic. Her designs cannot be categorised because she takes the best of seemingly contradictory styles and harmonises them into dynamic contemporary styles with an enduring appeal. Charming flower bracelets, mother of pearl necklaces, and mix and match earrings can all be yours through the Vestiaire app.
For an Earth-friendly way to own Lou Yetu jewellery, check out the pre-loved options on Vestiaire Collective. We all want to do our part to help the climate crisis, but you don’t need to give up your jewellery box to make a difference. Instead, you can opt for second-hand rings, necklaces, and earrings that are just as beautiful as new without harmful consequences to the environment. Everything listed on Vestiaire is second-hand, so when you purchase a piece of jewellery through us, you aren’t adding any negative impact to the planet. Luxury style and compassion for the environment don’t need to be mutually exclusive, you just have to shop in the right way.
If you are one of the growing numbers of people concerned about the climate crisis, you’ve probably heard about some of the valuable things you can do to lower your carbon footprint. Things like not driving a car, voting, and choosing renewable forms of electricity for your home. But these efforts might not be possible within your particular lifestyle or geographic region. Don’t despair. There are daily actions you can start doing right now, no solar panel installation required. Your small climate-driven actions can and will add up to make a big difference, and that starts with your consumer purchases. After all, we all shop and have the power to choose ways of consuming that are less harmful to the environment.
At Vestiaire Collective, we help you buy and sell pre-loved fashion and jewellery in a sustainable way. Buying fewer but higher-quality pieces will translate to a longer lifespan and less waste. And, of course, when you no longer want to wear an item it’s always better to resell on Vestiaire rather than contributing to landfill expansion. These are simple yet highly effective ways to contribute to a circular fashion economy that turns ordinary shopping into a genuinely impactful step toward a cleaner planet.
Pre-loved jewellery is rapidly becoming the only responsible way to shop for Fashion Activists who don’t want to be part of the climate problem. Luckily for our growing community, that doesn’t mean compromising on great designer pieces and unique vintage styles. We have thousands of luxury necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and more available in an environmentally conscious way that is also friendly for your budget. The ultimate win-win.