In February 2011, an official Fairtrade Gold certification mark was launched; this was the culmination of years of work between Fairtrade International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), resulting in this official Fairtrade gold certification, which improves the livelihood of artisanal and small-scale miners. At that time, EC One was selected to be one of 20 British jewellery companies to pioneer the use of Fairtrade Gold.
Small scale mining is a big source of employment in the developing world, that is why these life-giving standards are so important. The following information is available in full from the Fairtrade Gold official website:
Miners’ organisations are strengthened
No child labour
Working conditions are improved
Freedom of association and collective bargaining is respected
- Responsible use of chemicals is mandatory
- The standard enables miners to invest into the social, economic and environmental development.
Recognise rights for women miners
All Fairtrade mines are audited by the independent, international certification body FLO-CERT to ensure they are complying with the standards.
EC One and Fairtrade Gold
EC One is recognised for certifying the first piece of Fairtrade jewellery in the UK – a gold wedding ring made in February 2011. The first batch of Fairtrade gold was refined by Patrick Schein in France and then sent to the companies who had put their names down to receive it. EC One received 20g on the morning of Monday 21 February 2011 and founder and goldsmith Jos Skeates set to work making a men’s wedding band. The finished ring was taken to the Assay Office at Goldsmiths’ Hall, where it was confirmed as the first piece of Fairtrade jewellery to receive the certification mark in the UK.
EC One is delighted to be a part of this positive development in the British jewellery industry. Jos chose to make the simple wedding band to show off the beauty of the gold – which has a lovely, almost rose-gold hue – without taking away from the story of the Fairtrade gold.
Now Fairtrade gold is more widely available, we are delighted that we can design and make traceable wedding and engagement rings and other bespoke jewellery designs in Fairtrade gold. Visit us in-store to find out more about bespoke jewellery, or contact EC One Customer Services.