The Ultimate Guide To 36 Ethical & Sustainable Jewelry Brands

Jewelry brands that treat our earth like a gem.
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Photo: courtesy of GOLPIRA.

Jewelry is a precious token that has a deeper meaning as a symbol of love, connection and personal expression. Pieces of jewelry tell stories that awaken feelings and memories in us. We connect with the design and therefore with the craftsmanship and the origin of the materials. 

Unfortunately, the jewelry industry is still often plagued by exploitation, pollution and suffering due to the questionable origin of diamonds and harmful gold mining. The mining industry damages our planet and miners as the mining process releases toxic metals that can be extremely harmful to health, leach into the water and pollute the oceans and the environment, which can never be reversed. Wasteland is created that can no longer be used for forestry or agriculture due to the nature of the soil. In addition, the miners, including some children, often work under inhumane conditions and are exploited.

The good news is that there are responsible jewelry brands that are consciously moving away from these practices and treating our planet and its people the way they deserve: like a gem. Read on to discover all 36 ethical jewelry brands we trust.

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Photo: courtesy of J.Hannah.

Product range

Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets

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Recyled metals, ethically sourced gemstones, unisex, gives back

Based in

Los Angeles

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Jess Hannah Révész discovered her love for jewelry through her grandmother’s vintage pieces, which inspired her approach to design. J.Hannah’s collections merge timeless elegance with contemporary flair, focusing on craft and form. The designer offers ethical fine jewelry cast from 100% recycled precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones, all locally handcrafted in Los Angeles. We love the Ceremony Collection which features custom engagement and wedding rings. Additionally, J.Hannah provides a line of high-quality, non-toxic nail polishes in unique shades inspired by art and nature, reflecting their commitment to enduring beauty. We also love the sensual imagery of the brand which matches their thoughtful products. 

Photos: courtesy of Maren.

Product range

Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants

Brand highlights

Recycled gold, lab-grown diamonds, fair trade, local and handrafted production, bespoke service, heirloom redesign

Based in

Germany

Delivery to

EU, UK, Switzerland, Norway

Why we trust the brand

Maren Jewellery reflects the beauty of our planet while being in harmony with it. For her ethical jewelry and timelessly beautiful pieces, designer and founder Helge Maren combines mindful love and luxury by using only recycled 18-karat gold and silver as well as lab-grown diamonds, reflecting the noble and high-quality style. And she only starts the handmade production after you place your order! Our favorite pieces include the Essential necklace, the Essential bracelet, and the Lovelines Chapters wedding ring.

Photo: courtesy of Golpira.

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Pendants, rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets

Brand highlights

Local craftsmanship in Germany, diamonds are certified by the Kimberly Process Scheme, gold nuggets are certified fairmined ecological gold

Based in

Berlin, Germany

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

In 2014, Gisa Golpira founded her Berlin-based jewelry label GOLPIRA to create unique pieces from naturally shaped gold nuggets. Inspired by a gold nugget pendant her mother gave her as a child, each piece is handcrafted in Germany with precious, untouched gold nuggets left in their natural state. GOLPIRA’s jewelry appeals to those who find beauty in imperfection, highlighting the simplicity and natural diversity of gold nuggets, from smooth and shiny to rough and angular. The brand is committed to sustainable practices, “our gold nuggets are certified fairmined ecological gold coming from Papua New Guinea, Australia and South America. The diamonds used in our jewelry are certified by the Kimberly Process Scheme.”

Photo: courtesy of WINDEN.

Product range

Rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets

Brand highlights

Ethical and local manufacturing, 100% post-consumer recycled metals, recycled diamonds, traceable responsibly sourced gemstones, handcrafted, gives back

Based in

Los Angeles

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Designer Rebecca Mapes creates timeless and sustainable jewelry with a vintage look that is crafted mostly from recycled materials. From 100% natural unaltered gemstones to recycled 14k gold selected from responsible sources in the U.S., Rebecca chooses her materials and suppliers with equally conscious thought.

Photo: courtesy of Dear Survivor.

Product range

Rings, necklaces, earrings

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Ethical and local production in the USA, donates to fight human trafficking, bespoke design

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

DEAR SURVIVOR is a Los Angeles-based ethical jewelry brand founded in 2015 by Christine Howell, committed to empowering survivors, promoting sustainable design, and ethical manufacturing. She designs with recycled metals and responsibly sourced gemstones, locally sourced and refined within a 20-mile radius. The brand has donated over $45,000 to GenerateHope, a 501(c)(3) fighting human trafficking, and aim to create positive change through their business practices.

Photo: courtesy of Karaat.

Product range

Rings, Earrings, necklaces, bracelets

Brand highlights

100% recycled solid gold, lab-grown diamonds, handcrafted, woman-led, bespoke service

Based in

Helsinki, Finland

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

With a passion for making sustainable, long-lasting fine jewelry, KARAAT uses the highest quality materials such as 18-karat recycled gold and the brightest lab-grown diamonds to create timeless and meaningful pieces. Focusing on modernizing the outdated diamond jewelry industry and bringing it to this day through transparency and honesty, their jewelry is handcrafted by talented goldsmiths in Milan, Italy and Antwerp, Belgium. In its own words, KARAAT offers the best value for money in Europe and makes fine jewelry accessible to everyone which we love. An 18-karaat solid gold ring with 15 lab-grown 1.5mm round diamonds (0.225tcw) starts at €560

Photo: courtesy of JEM.

Product range

Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches

Brand highlights

Fairtrade, Fairmined™ Gold, lab-grown diamonds

Based in

Paris, France

Delivery to

Europe

Why we trust the brand

Based out of Paris, JEM combines ethical awareness with French simplicity and truly outstanding architectural shapes. Each piece is ethically handcrafted from Fairmined™ Gold and lab-grown diamonds using traditional techniques in one of the most renowned jeweler’s workshops located in the heart of the Vosges Mountains in France. Thanks to a trackable serial number, every item can be traced back to its origins. Magnifique! That’s what we call a trusted ethical jewelry brand!

Photo: courtesy of Bario Neal.

Product range

Rings, bracelets and baby- and children bracelets, necklaces, earrings

Brand highlights

LGBTQIA+ friendly, ethical production, permanent jewelry, bespoke service, heirloom redesign

Based in

Brooklyn, New York City

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

Bario Neal is committed to creating sustainable, ethical jewelry that celebrates love and life for all identities and experiences. They value transparency, continuous improvement and sustainability in their operations and supply chain. The jewelry is made from recycled or fairly traded metals, and the diamonds and colored gemstones are fully traceable and processed according to strict labor and environmental standards. Bario Neal works with responsible artisanal mines and strives for carbon neutrality. The sourcing of materials and in-house craftsmanship of each Bario Neal piece reflect their commitment to human rights and environmental sustainability.

Photo: courtesy of DOUZE.

Product range

Rings, earrings, piercings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants

Brand highlights

Fairtrade, recycled metals, carefully sourced gemstones, bespoke service

Based in

Paris, France

Delivery to

Europe

Why we trust the brand

Douze designs modern sustainable jewelry made from ethical, recycled 18-karat gold with carefully selected gemstones. All collections are made in workshops in France and named after the women who inspire designer Hermine. Get creative: Douze Paris also invites you to create your own ideal piece of ethical jewelry – follow the steps here.

Photo: courtesy of Kimaï.

Product range

Rings, earrings, ear cuffs, necklaces, bracelets

Brand highlights

Truly Traceable Jewelry (no mines, no middlemen), recycled gold, lab-grown diamonds, bespoke service

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Europe

Why we trust the brand

Kimaï is a modern ethical jewelry brand that prioritizes transparency and sustainability. The brand uses recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds to eliminate the murky middlemen and control the entire jewelry-making process. They track every step of the process, from the diamond lab to the gold recycler to independent makers in Antwerp, ensuring high-quality, low-impact, and full traceability. The beautiful fine jewelry is made to last, with solid 18k gold and diamonds, and is handmade to order in Antwerp, Belgium. 

Photo: courtesy of PERNILLE CORYDON.

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Based in

Haderslev, Denmark

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Why we trust the brand

Photo: courtesy of Tamle.

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Based in

Berlin, Germany

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Why we trust the brand

Photo: courtesy of MONICA SORDO.

Product range

Earrings, necklaces, cuffs, rings

Brand highlights

Latinx-owned, artisan production

Based in

New York City

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

SORDO is a line of collectible creations that blend design, artisanship, and culture, founded by Monica Sordo in 2012. Inspired by her Caribbean heritage and modern Latin American aesthetic, Monica’s artistic process combines innovation, experimentation, and precision to create unique pieces that evoke her memories and cultural influences. With a focus on timeless design, SORDO’s creations are now expanded to include sculptural objects, driven by the pursuit of permanence in design. We love their bold, opulent designs, which add a key highlight to any outfit.

Photo: courtesy of WWAKE.

Product range

Earrings, piercings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants

Brand highlights

Production in a low-toxicity jewelry studio in Brooklyn, committed to responsible material sourcing, bespoke service, heirloom redesign

Based in

New York City, USA

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

We love not only the earrings but also the rings, delicate necklaces, and bracelets. This NYC-based brand has its own showroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where you can schedule a personal appointment with a fine jewelry specialist, either in person or online. The brand is committed to creating a low-toxicity jewelry studio and using responsibly-sourced materials. They incorporate opals, gold, and diamonds, always aiming to respect both people and the environment, thereby deepening their impact and fostering lasting relationships within those communities.

Photo: courtesy of Norrfolks.

Product range

Earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets

Brand highlights

Fairtrade 100% recycled, lab-grown diamonds, handmade

Based in

Stockholm, Sweden

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

As Europe’s first fine sustainable jewelry brand using 100% recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds, Norrfolks is a real pioneer. The diamonds come from Europe’s largest lab-grown diamonds supplier, located in Antwerp, Belgium. The gold is reclaimed from post-consumer waste. We love their super simple pieces that go well with anything; a cocktail dress or jeans and t-shirt. The ethical craftsmanship of Alfonso, a third generation manufacturer in Spain, contributes to the trust placed in this ethical jewelry brand.

Photo: courtesy of TOTEME.

Product range

Rings, earrings, necklaces, collars

Brand highlights

100% recycled 18kt yellow gold, ethical production in Tuscany, at least one of the manufacturers are certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC)’s Code of Practices (COP) standard

Based in

Stockholm, Sweden

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

Photo: courtesy of KINRADEN.

Product range

Earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, cufflinks

Brand highlights

Fairtrade, FSC-certified, recycled materials, sustainably-mined, men’s collection, bespoke service

Based in

Copenhagen, Denmark

Delivery to

Europe

Why we trust the brand

Inspired by the romantic, yet the melancholic universe of past American poet Emily Dickinson, the Scandinavian brand KINRADEN designs minimalistic, classic jewelry using recycled 18-carat gold, 925 sterling silver, and restorable raw materials. KINRADEN is known for their responsibly sourced signature blackwood diamonds sourced from the African blackwood tree, also called Mpingo. Instead of mining diamonds, these beautiful black wooden diamonds are ethically-sourced from WWF-protected forests in Tanzania, promoting sustainable growth and supporting the local community.

Photo: courtesy of CLED.

Product range

Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, charms

Brand highlights

In-house craftsmanship, upcycled glas, recycled metals, CLED Eco Gem™ Quality, nickel-free, lead-free, cadmium-free

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

When trash becomes treasure: In the U.S., less than 35% of glass bottles are recycled: the rest end up in landfills. CLED took this as an opportunity to recycle glass bottles from Los Angeles restaurants and turn them into stunning, handcrafted gems that you wouldn’t even think was recycled glass bottles. The unique gems are combined with 100% post-consumer recycled metals like sterling silver, brass, and gold.

Photo: courtesy of Vanessa Lianne.

Product range

Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets

Brand highlights

Locally handcrafted by Vanessa Lianne, recycled metals, responsibly sourced gemstones

Based in

New York, USA

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

Vanessa Lianne herself is a trained goldsmith who hand forges each of her jewelry pieces in her Brooklyn studio. We think her sustainable jewelry looks imperfectly perfect with the colorful gemstones. She only uses 100% recycled metals, all-natural stones from ethical sources, and diamonds sourced from vendors that align with the Kimberly process.

Photo: courtesy of BRUNA.

Product range

Necklaces, rings, charms, bracelets, anklets, piercings, hair accessories

Brand highlights

Giving back, “ethical precious metals“, lab-grown diamonds, responsibly sourced organic materials: pearls, shells, enamel, gemstones

Based in

Pöllau, Austria

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

Photo: courtesy of Pascale James.

Product range

Earrings, rings, pendants, bangles, cuffs, chokers

Brand highlights

Fairtrade gold and recycled sterling silver, conflict-free diamonds, lab grown diamonds, bespoke service

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Designer couple Antonia Pascale and Christopher James get inspired by nature and art when creating their distinctive-looking sustainable jewelry with a sculptural aesthetic. All pieces are sustainably handcrafted in London using only the finest recycled solid precious metals that are fairly obtained. Their eco-friendly antique ring boxes are really cool.

Photo: courtesy of Foe & Dear.

Product range

Earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, necklaces

Brand highlights

Fairtrade, handmade, recycled materials, conflict-free, gives back, 1% for the Planet, woman-led, bespoke ring service

Based in

Vancouver, Canada

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

The ethical and sustainable jewelry brand from Canada uses recycled metals, fair-trade gold, and conflict-free gemstones to create one-of-a-kind pieces. From simple to cute and romantic – you can find something for each taste in their dreamy collection. Inclusion and diversity are a great value at Foe & Dear. Their team is made up of a variety of backgrounds/ethnicities. You can also create your own personal Foe & Dear ring here. Handmade in Vancouver, Canada. P.S.: All pieces are made to order!

Photo: courtesy of omi woods.

Product range

Necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, earrings, anklets

Brand highlights

Ethically handmade, traceable African gold, lab-grown diamonds and recycled diamonds, Lifetime Care Warranty, Men’s collection

Based in

Toronto, Canada

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

Omi Woods jewelry celebrates the connection to Africa and its diaspora through its designs and pendants necklaces. Omi Woods uses conflict-free fine metals, fully traceable African gold, and lab-grown diamonds or recycled natural diamonds. The solid gold pieces range from 10-24K, with 24K gold being the purest form. The gold Vermeil is made with a base of solid recycled and conflict free sterling silver plated with recycled 18K gold. The jewelry is designed to be collected, worn daily, gifted, and passed down to future generations.

Photo: courtesy of RUUSK.

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Rings, necklaces, pendants, chains, bangles & bracelets, earrings

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Locally handmade-to-order in Sydney,  bespoke service

Based in

Sydney, Australia

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

RUUSK creates unique, modern heirloom jewelry that resonate with individuality. The jewelry is made to order in Sydney, supporting local jewellers and traditional techniques, allowing personalization and a deeper connection with the piece. RUUSK prioritizes sustainability, using locally recycled and refined precious metals, conflict-free diamonds, and partnering with trusted suppliers. They believe in durability, quality over quantity, and minimizing waste.

Photo: courtesy of LAURIUM.

Product range

Rings, earrings, necklaces

Brand highlights

bespoke service

Based in

Athens, Greece

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

LAURIUM is a fine jewelry brand that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern design. Inspired by the ancient silver mines of Lavrio, Greece, their unique pieces are handcrafted using recycled metals and conflict-free gemstones. Each piece is entirely crafted by hand in their studio in Athens, Greece, with no CAD or 3D printing used. Designer, Irini Koukoula, draws inspiration from nature, history, and culture to create storytelling pieces that are both beautiful and meaningful.

Photo: courtesy of LAURA ESTRADA.

Product range

Earrings, necklace, rings, faux piercings, hair-, face-, and head pieces, ear to ear chains

Brand highlights

Handcrafted by Laura Estrada, latinx-owned, recycled materials

Based in

Los Angeles

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Combining traditional metal-smithing with modern design, artist Laura Estrada creates original sustainable jewelry for body and face from recycled brass and sterling silver in her Los Angeles studio. To create her extraordinary earrings, mystic rings, and beautiful necklaces, the artist melds organic shapes and textures inspired by nature. Each piece is uniquely handmade and develops a natural patina over time which gives your jewelry a special touch.

Photo: courtesy of SOPHIE MONET.

Product range

Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings

Brand highlights

In-house craftsmanship, responsibly sourced materials: wood, precious stones and metals

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Get that California look: Sophie Monet brings natural elements into different contexts by creating sustainable jewelry using ethically sourced wood, precious stones, and metals. She draws inspiration from the rich landscape of Venice, California. All of the wood is hand-shaped using unique and rare materials which give each piece its own identity.

Photo: courtesy of LUNA & ROSE.

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Pendants, chains, charms, necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, anklets

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Artisan-made, recycled glass and metals, gives back, 1% for the Planet member

Based in

New Zealand & Bali

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Luna & Rose produces beautiful jewellery in a completely closed loop production. Using Recycled Sterling Silver &  9kt Gold for their artisan crafted designs, they also have their Golden Giveback Project where customers can send in old Silver & Gold to be recycled for vouchers. Luna & Rose is designed in New Zealand and lovingly produced in Bali where the brand has a beautiful island store. The mission is to create a jewelry line that is produced in an ethical & sustainable way to leave as little footprint on the planet as possible.

Photo: courtesy of ODETTE.

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Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, chains

Brand highlights

Fairtrade, 100% SCS Global Services-certified, unisex

Based in

New York

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

Odette designs their pieces in Brooklyn and casts and manufactures locally in New York City via small family-run businesses. Materials used include brass, bronze recycled sterling silver, and 14k gold. Odette is currently in the process of finding a new method to recycle brass. Among the inspiring women who wear Odette are Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, and Paloma Elsesser.

Photo: courtesy of BY PARIAH.

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Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets

Brand highlights

Certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

BY PARIAH is a modern ethical fine jewelry brand that combines rich organic materials and heritage production techniques that have largely been left behind by modern mass manufacturing. Founded by Sophie Howard, a luxury fashion communications expert, the brand is committed to sustainability and certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. Using 100% recycled 14K gold and Sterling Silver, as well as natural, untreated gemstones, BY PARIAH creates timeless, versatile pieces that transform the wearer’s narrative. With a focus on durability and seasonless design, the brand aims to create pieces that can be passed down for generations. BY PARIAH has attracted attention with the help of Michelle Obama, Hailey Bieber, Julianne Moore. 

Photo: courtesy of Loren Stewart.

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Necklace, earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, anklets

Brand highlights

Member of the Responsible Jewelry Council, Mama & Baby collection, Men’s collection

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

International

Why we trust the brand

Loren Stewart designs classic and nostalgic jewelry pieces that are made in Los Angeles and Arezzo, Italy. The brand is a member of the Responsible Jewelry Council and is committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. The company continues to educate itself, improve its processes and work with suppliers to promote ethical and environmentally friendly practices throughout its supply chain.

Photo: courtesy of LIZZIE FORTUNATO.

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Hand-crafted statement jewelry

Based in

New York City, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

The twin sisters

Photo: courtesy of MONICA VINADER.

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Based in

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Why we trust the brand

Photo: courtesy of MIRTA.

Product range

Rings, earrings, ear cuffs, necklaces, bracelets

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Recycled metals, local production

Based in

Zagreb, Croatia

Delivery to

Worldwide

Why we trust the brand

MIRTA jewelry, founded by architect Andrea Simic in 2010, combines contemporary design with traditional gold and silversmithing techniques, creating striking yet poetic pieces from recycled precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones. Each piece is handcrafted in their Croatian studio, emphasizing sustainability and quality over quantity. MIRTA’s collection has been featured in media outlets such as Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and VOGUE, highlighting its distinctive blend of organic minimalism and modern heirloom craftsmanship.

Photo: courtesy of Agapé.

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Photo: courtesy of Veltier.

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Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, cufflinks, brooches

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Parisian local craftsmanship, responsible material sourcing

Based in

Paris, France

Delivery to

Free international shipping

Why we trust the brand

The creative couple behind Viltier express traditional Parisian savoir-faire in vibrant, colorful pieces of jewelry. Each piece is handmade in their Parisian atelier. Iris creates meticulous drawings, while Thomas oversees the selection of stones and materials. Viltier is committed to traceability and quality using recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds. Their collections feature colorful stones such as malachite, mother-of-pearl, bull’s eye, lapis lazuli, onyx and turquoise, celebrating natural beauty and breaking traditional jewelry rules. Book an appointment at their showroom in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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