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Call for Applications: Fairtrade Jewellery Design

Call for Applications: Fairtrade Jewellery Design Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018 Fairtrade Jewellery Design category sponsored by Ingle & Rhode Submissions are now open for the Fairtrade Jewellery Design category of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018, sponsored by Ingle & Rhode. The 2018 awards include a new Fairtrade category for ethical jewellery designers. Entrants are asked to design a fine jewellery ring, pendant or pair of earrings that are sympathetic, symbolic and supportive to the natural world and global preservation issues. About the Submission The design should be a one-off exclusive jewel, cast and hand

Fairtrade Gold Jewellery UK Push

The Fairtrade Foundation have unveiled an exciting new initiative as part of its Fairtrade Gold campaign, tagged ‘I DO’, to stamp out practices that have tarnished the jewellery industry’s reputation.   The push will kick off with a series of five nationwide conferences which will be held across England, Scotland and Wales throughout September and October. It will also include the launch of a unique new e-learning platform, a Fairtrade gold business advice clinic and seminar hosted by International Jewellery London, and the creation of a suite of new business resources and new campaigner literature. The conferences will be attended

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course

FREE Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course Become an Ambassador for Fairtrade Gold and help make a difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. The Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Course is for jewellery brands, retailers and everybody involved in the manufacture and sale of gold jewellery, from the smallest designer to the largest chain on the high street. It will help you understand the benefits of Fairtrade Gold so that you can talk confidently to your customers. It is suitable for anyone working in the jewellery supply chain, with a particular focus on the retail environment. It is also

Cooksongold is stockist of Europe’s largest Fairtrade gold range

Multi-channel retailer Cooksongold, the UK’s largest one-stop shop for the jewellery maker, has recently added 9ct Fairtrade Gold to its range of Fairtrade Gold products, meaning it now stocks the largest range of Fairtrade Gold in Europe. Fairtrade Gold ensures small-scale and artisanal miners are paid a fair price and receive an extra amount of money to invest in building the future of their families and their communities, through education, clean water and healthcare. The Fairtrade Gold Standards include strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour and protection of the environment. Cooksongold became

Hockley Mint Welcomes Peruvian Fairtrade Gold Miners to Birmingham

Award winning fine jewellery and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint welcomed Peruvian Fairtrade gold miners to it's factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter earlier this month, producing a video of the visit that it will use to promote Fairtrade gold on its website and across social media platforms. Peruvian Fairtrade gold campaigner Dajhanna Zarate, who is the daughter of a gold miner in Sotrami, was accompanied by Macdesa miner Roger Arcos Ponte on the visit to Birmingham. The two guests were in the UK as part of a wider Fairtrade gold campaign with the Fairtrade Foundation, and were invited to Hockley Mint

Weston Beamor team earns full set of Fairtrade certificates

Weston Beamor have started 2018 with a flurry of activity with the entire customer service division earning their Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificates of Accreditation. Training for the certificates was prompted firstly by their award recently ‘Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year’ and also by the increasing curiosity among customers for a jewel's back story such as material origins and the supplier's trading practices. So each member of the 12-strong customer facing team took to their computers and completed the Fairtrade Foundation’s online ‘Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificate of Accreditation’ courses. It means the team is familiar with how the

Peruvian gold miner joins Hertfordshire jewellery designer to thank Fairtrade supporters

On Friday 7th October, Hertfordshire-based bespoke jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall played host to a Peruvian gold miner who is in the UK to highlight how Fairtrade has boosted his community and saved lives. Roger Arcos Ponte, from Macdesa mine, told an audience of customers, local school children and people interested in ethics about the difference Fairtrade production standards have delivered for his fellow miners and their families. Multi-award winning designer Harriet said: “Welcoming Roger here today for our Fairtrade Festival is one of the proudest moments of my life. It has been amazing to hear personal accounts of how the

Dundee Student Wins Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Award

A university student from the University of Dundee has won the Ingle & Rhode 2017 Fairtrade Gold Design Awards. Aspiring jewellery design undergraduate, Angela Gillies,  is the over all winner of the awards, after competing against more than 100 budding designers and impressing the panel of judges.  Highly commended designs, category winners, and the overall winners were announced at the Fair Luxury (FLUX) 2017 conference in Birmingham on 25th April.  This is the first year the awards have run, recognising up and coming talent within the jewellery design industry.  Angela Gillies said of the win,  “Winning the Fairtrade Gold Design

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance Achieves First African Fairtrade Certified Mine Status

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria. SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa. In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe

New Fairtrade Gold Jewellery Collection Re-imagined

Alison Macleod Jewellery, a Scottish based fine jewellery designer has launched her new ‘Silhouette Collection’, a range that celebrates the exquisite elements that make up her jewellery, from the lustrous fair trade gold to brilliant-cut diamonds that adorn some of the key pieces. Alison is part of a select group of jewellery designers representing Scotland at New York Jewellery Week taking place between the 16th and 22nd of November. 'I am excited to present the new Silhouette Collection, a series of simple silhouettes with a nod to traditional love tokens, amulets and good luck charms, each piece celebrating the lustrous

GSFA 2016 | April Doubleday | Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia

April Doubleday is an Ethical deigner/maker of Contemporary Jewellery, living on the North Coast of Devon. She uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. Her Jewellery is bold and energetic using line, form and colour where every piece is given its own sense of creation and individuality of its own.  April's vision of her company is to strive for complete transparency throughout her business. This transparency spreads from her sourcing of precious metal suppliers and gemstones to the design process with clients. April is committed to ensuring she uses suppliers that have social and

Call for Applications: New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition

New Nationwide Fine Jewellery Design Competition Launches Call for Entries: The   Fairtrade Gold Design Awards About the Awards Created by ethical fine jeweller Ingle & Rhode with the support of the Fairtrade Foundation, the Awards aim to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst people who are the future of the jewellery industry, whilst helping to identify and promote new up-and-coming talent. Who Can Enter? The Awards will accept entries in four categories: Students in Further Education Students studying in the UK full time on a Level 2 or 3 course related to the jewellery industry. Undergraduates Students registered on an

Angela Gillies Sees Winning Design Hallmarked In London

Currently  studying Jewellery and Metal Design at the University of Dundee  Angela Gillies, winner of  the 2017 Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Design Award has had her winning piece hallmarked by the London Assay Office. Angela’s winning piece entitled ‘Nestled’ has been cast and was taken to the London Assay Office to be hallmarked and stamped with the Fairtrade mark last week. Made in Fairtrade 18ct white gold and set with a 0.5ct round brilliant cut Canadian diamond, Angela’s ring is designed to allow a wedding ring to tuck in underneath the feather, so that the two rings will sit

Commemorative Jewellery Design Competition

Commemorative Jewellery Design Competition Hockley Mint invites designers to get creative. Hockley Mint, the Birmingham-based manufacturer, which is located in the heart of the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter, is inviting jewellery designers to create a unique, one-off piece of jewellery that represents Hockley Mint’s standing in the industry and commemorates 25 years in business. Winning Design to be Made in Fairtrade Silver The winning jewellery piece will be made in Fairtrade silver and may contain elements of Fairtrade gold. It will be cast by Hockley Mint and unveiled at the International Jewellery London (IJL) show in September. It will then

Appointment: Victoria Waugh Announced as Women’s Jewellery Network First Ethics and Sustainability Ambassador

The Women’s Jewellery Network, the UK’s only dedicated organisation supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, today announces Victoria Waugh as its first UK Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability. Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation's work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members. Waugh joins four existing WJN regional Ambassadors in a role that will provide support and direction for WJN members wishing to know more about ethical

Natalie Perry secures La Maison Couture as new stockist

Ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with La Maison Couture, which will see the designer enter the luxury online retail sector. The e-commerce boutique will stock 12 pieces from the contemporary Fairtrade Gold Floral Fragments collection, which includes Natalie’s signature filigree ear jackets, earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Founder and curator of La Maison Couture, Tania McNab said of their partnership: “We are thrilled to launch a selection of exquisite fine jewellery pieces from award winning designer Natalie Perry, in our responsible jewellery edit at La Maison Couture. Hand made in the UK using ethically sourced 18ct Fairtrade

Stellar line up set for IJL 2019

Artist jeweller John Moore, The Futurist Paola de Luca, DeBeers, Sotheby’s, Fairtrade Gold, Hilary Alexander OBE and Graduate Fashion Week among stellar IJL 2019 line up IJL,, opens on Sunday 1 September and will welcome some of the biggest brands, cutting-edge designers and the latest in Jewellery and Watch technology and sustainability to the show. IJL’s event programme features designers including: Jeweller of The Fair John Moore @IJL, Monday 2 September: The inaugural Jeweller of The Fair John Moore will show his collection on the IJL Inspires Catwalk Theatre on Monday 2 September (13:45 - 14:30) followed by questions from

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Ebba Goring Appointed Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has named a former jeweller Ebba Goring as its new Director,to continue its work to promote ethical gold and silversmithing. Goring was previously the Incorporation’s Programmes Manager and delivered November 2019’s fifth annual Elements festival and also led on the organisation’s Ethical Making Programme and educational projects. Before joining the Incorporation Ebba was a self-employed jeweller, working in recycled precious metals and was a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Scheme. She was born in Edinburgh, raised in Fife and completed a degree in Jewellery and Metal design degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College or

Hockley Mint launches Initials collection for AW19

The British jewellery specialist has responded to the trend for personalised letter jewellery with a range of pendants in a bespoke font. British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint, has launched a new collection of plain and diamond-set letter pendants ahead of International Jewellery London 2019. The new Initials collection will be available in 9k and 18k white, yellow and rose gold, as well as Fairtrade gold, platinum and palladium. Customers also have the option of a plain finish or a single 0.03 carat diamond accent. Although created in response to current market trends, Hockley Mint was determined

When Gold Goes Green - Ethical Gold and Sustainable Metals in Jewellery

Jeweller Saskia Shutt believes that it is important that jewellers are aware of the origins of the materials used to create Jewellery. The planet is under threat from man-made activities and over-exploitation of natural resources which will take generations to resolve. She has found that currently, there is an increasingly vocal demand for ‘green gold’ that comes from traceable, recycled precious metals, as well as a demand for ethical gold. There are only two non-profit organisations working to help produce ethical gold; Fairmined, and Fairtrade Gold. Precious metals can be recycled, and this is something Saskia Shutt has done since

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker As an ongoing series of talks and seminars by makers, artists and jewellerswe are very happy to be presenting Ute Decker as our inaugural speaker and would like to invite you to this talk. Ute Decker is a pioneer of the global ethical jewellery movement and one of the first worldwide to work in Fairtrade Gold. She is best known for her minimalist, architectural jewellery art. Her innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting gold and silver into expressive three-dimensional “geometric poetry” make her pieces unique. In this talk she will share

Natalie Perry adds EC One as newest stockist

Contemporary ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with jewellery boutique, EC One - the designer’s first bricks and mortar stockist in London. The boutique based in London’s iconic Exmouth Market has a collection of 12 pieces from the signature Floral Fragments collection in both 9ct and 18ct Fairtrade Gold, which includes delicate everyday hoop earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Co-founder and owner of EC One, Alison Skeates said: “I’m thrilled to add Natalie’s beautiful jewellery to our edit of guest designers. The delicate and unique style of her collection coupled with Natalie’s responsible and transparent ethos is really

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium This Symposium is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but is relevant to makers of all disciplines who have an interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice. Speakers Speakers will include award winning British Fairtrade ethical jeweller and environmental activist, Greg Valerio MBE; jeweller Ute Decker; researcher Dr Peter Oakley; founder of the Precious Metals Workshop, Ian Nicholson; and Jane Barnett and Theodora Panayides of consultancy and social venture, Levin Sources.  Speakers will discuss the importance of implementing an ethical approach and how to face the challenges

Goldflair event announce exhibitor line-up as final tickets go on sale

With just over a month to go until Goldflair, which will take place in Edinburgh’s historic Assembly Rooms on Friday 23 November, the responsible jewellery event has announced the final line-up of six jewellers who will be exhibiting on the night. Six responsible jewellers who are licensees of Fairmined and/or Fairtrade will be displaying and selling their award-winning collections at the event. The jewellers taking part are Anuka Jewellery, April Doubleday, Ian Nicholson, Natalie Perry, Farah Qureshi and Karen Westland. Four responsible gem dealers will also be displaying their traceable collections of gemstones on the night. Hamilton & Inches craftsmen

Jessica's winning hydrangea depicts Hockley Mint's growth

Jessica Mead, a designer at independent retailer Page Fine Jewellery in Cambridge, struck on the idea of a climbing hydrangea to depict Hockley Mint’s 25 years in business and swept to victory in their competition to mark the occasion Her winning design was made up of 25 leaves in sterling silver with Fairtrade gold elements and 25 0.01ct diamonds symbolising prosperity and vigour, the hallmarks of the Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer’s growth since it was established in 1992. “The idea behind using a hydrangea is that there is no stopping its potential for growth,” said Jessica, who previously worked as a

Alexis Dove Re-Locates to Lewes High Street

Award winning jewellery designer Alexis Dove proudly launched her newly located store this week, on Lewes High Street, East Sussex. Having moved from a quaint boutique and studio in The Needlemakers, the new location opened its doors to VIP guests, press and longstanding customers for a festive night of fun and celebration. An invite only event, the party was attended by over 125 guests, who enjoyed a selection of delicious wines donated by long time customer, British TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith. Championing her passion for all things eco after a trip to two Fairtrade accredited gold mines

Suppliers

Knowing where to get what can be half the battle. Here we created a signpost list of trade suppliers offering a wide selection of tools, bullion, findings etc... Bullion Suppliers Baird & Co www.goldline.co.uk Bellore Rashbel www.rashbel.co.uk Betts Metal Sales www.bettsmetalsales.com Cooksongold www.cooksongold.com Palmer Metals www.palmermetals.co.uk Fairtrade Refiners, Casters, Manufacturers & Suppliers Cookson Precious Metals Contact person: Rob Taylor www.cooksongold.com CRED Contact person: Alan Frampton credjewellery.com Hockley Mint Contact person: Gary Wroe www.hockleymint.co.uk S&P Trading Contact person: Patrick Schein www.patrickschein.com Vipa Design Contact person: Peter Crump www.vipadesigns.co.uk Weston Beamor Contact person: Glen Day www.westonbeamor.co.uk Finding Suppliers Cooksongold www.cooksongold.com Bellore Rashbel