As it's World Fair Trade Day tomorrow, I thought it would be good to look at some questions that I am often asked about Fairtrade.
Is Fairtrade and Fairmined gold increasing in popularity?
We do many commissions every month, although I have noticed that we are not having as many commissions being created in gold. This is due to the rise in popularity of other metals. Yet the majority of customers that do opt for gold are going down the Fairtrade route more and more. I think this is because Fairtrade gold is more widely known about, and people are realising what an impact the purchase of Fairtrade gold can have on the miners' lives – being paid a fair wage for all their hard work.
What other metals are very popular?
I think it is the rising prices of gold that sometimes puts people off of choosing gold in their commission, and opt for other metals such as platinum and palladium (which is an increasingly popular alternative to platinum and often white gold), and although these aren't yet Fairtrade -I hope in the not too distant future that there will be the Fairtrade option for both of these metals. Although interestingly we do now have the option to use pre certified platinum, which very few jewellers are able to provide at the moment.
What past commissions involving fully certified Fairtrade and Fairmined gold are your favourites?
Of course the first one that comes to my mind is the commissioned bespoke pendant we made for Lisa Snowdon. It held a gorgeous deep purple/red coloured garnet, Lisa's birthstone. It's a gorgeous piece made from 18ct yellow Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, inspired by the aum symbol.
Out of the many previously commissioned Fairtrade and Fairmined gold rings, the piece that is at the forefront of my mind is this striking Beryl and sapphire engagement ring made in 9ct certified Fairtrade and Fairmined white gold. The creamy colour of the gold really highlights the white colour of the sapphires held within the curls.
All in all, Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is continuously rising in popularity as more and more people learn of its importance to those that mine the gold, and what a difference the purchase of this gold can make to their lives.