All of our Wedding Rings and Bespoke Commissions are available in Fairmined Gold, Fairmined Silver or Fairmind Ecological Gold.
Artisanal miners find it hard to access legal mining rights, pushing them into running informal and illegal operations, just to put daily bread on the table. They work in hazardous conditions with little or no health and safety measures in place.
The unskilled, unregulated and uneducated use of toxic chemicals such as mercury poses a sever risk the health of the miners, their communities and their environment.
Achieving Fairtrade certification requires small-scale mining organisations to meet rigorous Fairtrade standards on working conditions, child labour, women’s rights, clean technology, health and safety, organisational management, democratic decision-making, transparency and traceability of their mining operations and responsible environmental management, to produce a gold product that can be labelled as Fairtrade.
In return for their efforts, miners gain international market access and receive a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price of 95% LBMA plus a Fairtrade Premium of $2,000 per kilogram to invest in community or business development projects.
Jewellery and other gold products that are created from certified gold and precious metals are stamped with the unique and exclusive Fairtrade gold Mark. This stamp indicates that the gold you are buying is fully traceable from the certified mine to the consumer.
But this is just the start of the amazing journey. Millions more miners around the world need the security of a fair price, safe working conditions and investment into their communities. Fairtrade gold offers these groups the best way out of their poverty and exploitation.
Your Wedding Ring is a symbol of Eternal Love and Purity that we think should be made from a precious metal that embodies and promotes these ideals. The Fairtrade or Fairmined Mark on our Truly Madly Fairly Wedding Rings ensures that the Platinum, Gold or Silver used to create them has been mined in a fair and responsible manner. Among other things this means:
The Otley Loyalty Card Scheme launched in December 2012. For no cost you can take advantage of exclusive special offers and discounts at a wide range of independent shops and businesses around Otley.
Operated by Otley Chamber of Trade The Otley Loyalty Card Schemes aims to further encourage local residents to support local businesses and provides our local businesses with the opportunity to promote their products and services through special offers and benefits which are only available to Otley Loyalty Card holders.
A wedding band, or some other piece of gold jewellery-for many people, these things are almost too valuable to put a price on. Perhaps you own such a ring yourself. But while the ring as a symbol may indeed be priceless, the gold certainly is not. Gold comes with a price-a heavy one. Gold is costing the planet and its peoples far more than the metal itself is worth.
The production of one gold ring generates 20 tons of wastes.
As an industry leader, we are at the leading edge of the jewellery industry when it comes assuring our customers that the gold products we are selling were not produced at the expense of communities, workers, and the environment. We need to provide assurance to our customers that The Ethical Jeweller is concerned about the human rights, labour and environmental conditions under which gold is produced.
The Ethical Jeweller is a registered member of The Gold Standard which is a voluntary code of conduct for the face to face purchase of second hand precious metal and jewellery.
It has been designed to provide protection to BJA members and non-members, aid the Police in tracing stolen items of jewellery and to encourage greater consumer confidence in trading with accredited dealers.