It’s just over a year since the launch of Fairtrade Gold, a huge step in the jewellery world. The harm that can come to artisanal miners of normal gold is a major cause for concern that, shockingly enough, still seems to be overlooked. Have a look over my selection of five exceptional jewellers who use Fairtrade Gold- trail blazers not only in design, but also in ethics.
Rickards is new on the scene and others better beware. Her rare talent and devotion to ethical standards has been noted by many, marking her out as Bright Young Gem designer of the year.
Tania Kowalski and Synnove Saelthun are the creative team behind Oria, pushing ethics and delicate design into the mainstream market since 2007.
Small has long established herself as a jeweller with ethics, and for the last three years she has been using fairtrade gold from the Yungas mines in La Paz, Bolivia.
April Doubleday’s wedding collections are all Fairtrade, a true token of love. Her other work also includes recycling woods and other metals found in more domestic appliances.
The first high street boutique to sell ethical jewellery, Cred really does have something for everyone and all the while remaining true to their ethos. I rather like the men’s cufflinks – a great present for the environmentally conscious man.