An estimated 16 million small scale miners work in dangerous conditions around the world to provide gold that may end up on our high streets. Exploited by some middle men, and forced to handle hazardous chemicals such as mercury, small scale mining is a harsh and precarious way to earn a livelihood that often leaves miners living in poverty. You have the power to do something about this – by buying Fairtrade Gold.
Fairtrade Certified Gold is the world's first independent ethical certification system for gold. Buying Fairtrade Gold makes a real difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. Jewellery with the Fairtrade Gold Stamp is extra special. Buying it means you know the small-scale and artisanal miners were paid a fair price, giving them financial security. They also receive an extra amount of money to invest in building the future of their families and their communities, through education, medical care or environmental projects.
We are very proud to say that we were chosen to be one of the very first 16 jewellers to launch Fairtrade gold in the world in 2011. Ever since, we have gone from strength to strength, spreading the word about ethics in the jewellery world and beyond.
We currently offer many of our Engagement rings and Wedding Rings in Fairtrade Certified Gold, and we also offer Fairtrade Certified Gold for our bespoke jewels. If there is something specific you are looking for made with this ethical metal, don't hesitate to contact us.
To make sure your jewel is made with Fairtrade Gold, it is stamped with an official hallmark at the Assay Office London, which assures you of the origin of the metal.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Our current Fairtrade Gold comes from Peru, from the Sotrami Mine, in the arid mountains south of Lima and Cusco. This community has worked very hard year after year to achieve the Fairtrade certification.
"We are asking to promote Fairtrade gold to the market so that customers can use our gold. It is not just a present you give to us or something you do to help us, it is a merit that we gain because we are contributing to developing responsible mining which treats people and the environment carefully. Downstream from our mine there is a valley which is used for agriculture and produces a lot of olives. People along the river keep an expectant eye on our business, which is why we have to control our emissions and our waste and have to be very careful.
Those successes show you that we are carrying out responsible mining. In Peru and the rest of the world, a lot of people stigmatise mining as a dirty and polluting activity. But there are examples such as ours which show that we do take care of the environment and work in a healthy way"
Eugenio Huayhua Vera, Sotrami S.A., Peru. Via Estelle Levin Ltd
And we are proud to say that our Sales Manager, Kim Mundell, has been given the Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certification!