Giving Responsibly. A Holiday Gift Guide

For some the excitement of the Christmas season translates into excess, abundance and sometimes even waste, but this year all of us should heed the call to act more responsibly.

The holiday brings out the best in each of us, and the desire to show our love, affection, appreciation or gratitude to those people who enrich our lives.

Nothing gives the author more satisfaction and a sense of sheer happiness than seeing the expression in the face of the gift recipient. While there are literally countless gift options, we can act responsibly and make the right choice, supporting those brands that seek to make a difference in our world.

We will offer a series of guides with various product categories from brands that act responsibly with clearly defined sustainability practices.

This is a selection of gifts to make your better half feel very special.

Sustainable Jewels


From left to right:

  1. La Mer en Majesté Tribute to the Sea brooch by Jewelmer.   17 mm. Golden Cultured South Sea pearl, 2.70 cts. of diamonds, and 16.495 cts. of tanzanite set in 18 Kt. yellow gold (price upon request)
  2. Berlingot Ring by Jewelmer. 12 mm. round Golden Cultured South Sea pearl and .312 cts. of diamonds set  in 18 Kt. yellow gold.  Price US $ 8,780.
  3. C’est La Vie ring by Jewelmer. 12.05 mm. semi round Golden Cultured South Sea pearl, .556 cts. of diamonds and .616 blue sapphire set in18 Kt. yellow gold.  Price US $ 20,720.


From left to right:

  1. Happy Hearts cocktail ring by Chopard 18 Kt. yellow gold, diamond and malachite. Price US $ 9,460.
  2. La Fleur Imperiale earrings by Chopard 18 Kt. rose gold, diamonds and pink opal. Price US $ 12,900.


From left to right:

  1. Soleste® Cushion-cut Yellow Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum by Tiffany. White diamons and central yellow diamond 1.03 cts. Price US $ 18,000
  2. T1 wide hinged bangle by Tiffany. 18 Kt. yellow gold.  Price US $ 5,600
  3. Mesh scarf necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. 18 Kt. yellow gold.  Price US $ 17,000


From left to right:

  1. Linear Bubble pearl earrings by Sean Gilson for AssaelJapanese Akoya pearls set in 18 Kt. yellow gold.  Price US $ 7,150.
  2. Multi Bubble large earrings by Sean Gilson for AssaelEight natural color cultured Tahitian pearls and .48 cts. of diamonds set in 18 kt. white gold.  Price US $ 27,000.

Donna Distefano

From left to right:

  1. Ballerina ring by Donna Distefano.  Responsibly-sourced 22 Kt. gold and Malawi ruby. Price US $ 7,300.   
  2. Gattopardo necklace by Donna Distefano Responsibly-sourced 22 Kt. recycled gold, fair trade leopard opal, chrysoprase and emeralds.  Price US $ 15,375.


As you may know from reading our articles, there are many ways to support sustainability. Buying products from brands that respect the environment is definitely a good practice and another one is buying from a sustainable merchant.

Have you ever given thought to how may products remain unsold in the warehouses of the big brands? What if those items just lay there with no useful life? Eventually, they are destroyed, thus creating waste and exerting a negative effect on the environment.

This is the case of ShopWorn, a re-commerce platform based in the United States that sells luxury products, at a rather convenient price, from the unsold inventory of renowned brands.

From left to right:

  1. Amore ring by Pasquale Bruni available on shopworn. 18 Kt. rose gold and ceramic.  Price US $ 713.    
  2. Flora ring by Gucci available on shopworn.  18 Kt. rose gold, ruby and enamel.  Price US $ 805.


  • Francesc Privato
    December 22, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    These are beautiful pieces! It is nice to know that luxury brands are leading the effort to make a difference in the world. Sustainability is the only way we can survive as a planet.

  • Michael
    December 22, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Sustainability is really important to me. I’m very conscious about my families impact, so I’m pleased to see attention being paid in the jewelry world. These pieces are gorgeous!

  • Heather
    December 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Gorgeous pieces! Sustainability is key in these times and I love knowing these beautiful pieces won’t be destroyed, as there is a market for them.

  • Kevin
    December 23, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Can’t wait to see the look on my wife’s face when she sees this. She loves Sustainable Mag and the progressive ideas it lays out for responsible giftgiving. Although, this is my first purchase from them I’m looking forward to many more.

  • Róy
    December 23, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I love these jewels! Especially the Golden South Sea pearls. They are so unique, who would’ve thought they can cultivate golden pearls!!! Wow

  • Jole Colecchia
    December 24, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Grazie mille, articolo interessantissimo. Già girato al mio compagno. 😉


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