Ok, so we all know about Fairtrade coffee and chocolate as these have become regulars on the supermarket shelves, but Faitrade gold is something we hear less about, and is harder to come by, yet it is making a huge difference in gold mining communities and gathering a lot of momentum within the jewellery business.
Fairtrade gold is something we are very proud to offer here at Harriet Kelsall so I thought I would write a little bit about it. Gold mining has never been a very pleasant business, but where possible it is great to be as responsible as possible and to help improve the lives of those who work hard to mine the gold for us.
Opting for Fairtrade offers the guarantee and peace of mind that miners are being paid a fair price and that important safety standards are being met, as well as appropriate consideration for the environment and human rights. Fairtrade miners must abide by strict rules, regulated by an independent organisation, which ensure that they dispose of waste materials correctly and that they are mining the land in the most efficient and least damaging way. The mining communities directly benefit from mines supported by Fairtrade. The mines are guaranteed a Fairtrade minimum price for their gold, the profits of which are invested back into the community as well as the Fairtrade. Premium payment they receive to invest in healthcare, education and improving living conditions The Fairtrade organisation also works with mines to abolish child labour and to recognise the rights of women miners.
Sourced exclusively from artisanal and small-scale miners, Fairtrade gold suffers no compromise for the customer and is exactly the same as the gold mined elsewhere.
Wedding rings will be worn and cherished every day for a lifetime, a symbol of love and commitment between two people. A Fairtrade wedding ring offers the opportunity to share a bit of your love and commitment with those who sourced the gold for you. Some find it reassuring to know that the ring they wear was sourced and produced as responsibly as possible and really does help the lives of those involved in the process.
If you're interested to learn more about Fairtrade gold, here is the link to the Fairtrade Gold website: www.fairtrade.org.uk