It’s no secret that we prefer to have enjoyable right here at Adorn HQ, and who wouldn’t take pleasure in their work when it entails days stuffed with stunning jewels? But as with all client sectors, the jewelry business shouldn’t be with out its challenges, and that’s one thing we take very significantly too.
Take, as an illustration, the problem of artisanal gold mining. Around 100 million individuals are concerned in or depend on this exercise to assist themselves and their households, but globally their efforts produce simply 15% of the gold mined annually. Sobering figures when you think about these tough hunks of rock are remodeled into one thing glowing, stunning and value a reasonably penny. But there’s a motion to higher assist these miners, their households and communities – Fairtrade gold.
So to mark the actual fact it’s Fairtrade Fortnight, immediately we’re showcasing the brightest, most modern British jewelry designers utilizing the Fairtrade treasured metals produced by these artisanal miners, supporting their households and wider communities in Peru, Colombia and East Africa.
A Fairtrade jeweller for greater than 5 years, Annaloucah has advanced her model into edgy, geometric jewelry for immediately’s trendy women and men. Having dressed Livia Firth for her inaugural Green Carpet Challenge in her Fairtrade gold creations (and elevating greater than £80,000 for Oxfam within the course of) Annaloucah’s jewelry utilises yellow, white and rose Fairtrade gold to most impact. Her princess lower and spherical brilliant-cut bridal tri-set, which interlocks to create a unified assertion ring, is modern but elegant – summing up the Annaloucah model completely.
Designer Marie Walshe – aka Sorrel Bay – has stolen our hearts along with her distinctive jewelry designs that merge subtly hammered 18ct Fairtrade gold with boulder opals, tough lower diamonds (pictured high) and the tender hue of inexperienced chrysoprase. Among superbly lower oval and pear-shaped opals are irregular but equally alluring slices of pure diamonds, shimmering virtually metallic in hues of gray, cognac and rose pink. Our favorite? The little Opal Eye pendant is on our wishlist, however first we’d take a fistful of her stackable opal rings.
The authentic retailer specialising in Fairtrade and moral jewelry within the UK, Cred Jewellery has advanced into a jewelry model in its personal proper, creating wearable collections in Fairtrade gold and silver set with ethically-sourced gems from Brazil, the US and Canada. Travelling often to Fairtrade mines, the workforce at Cred meet with the miners themselves, and work with native artisans in Peru to supply their silver jewelry collections. We love the lately launched Iconic vary – with jewels named after the likes of Jackie Onassis and Sophia Loren – in addition to its allure assortment Signature, that includes enamelled scarab beetles, butterfly and key charms. From £49, Fairtrade by no means felt so good.
We’ve lengthy been followers of Hattie Rickard‘s distinctly geometric fine jewellery, so the fact she’s a champion of Fairtrade gold simply makes her much more of a darling in our eyes. Hattie launched her Octo and multi-coloured sapphire collections a number of years again, however arguably they’re as trendsetting as ever; baguette cuts are large on our radar this 12 months, and rainbow gems aren’t going wherever quick. Hattie’s bespoke creations mix Fairtrade gold with stones of all sizes and styles, typically working with purchasers’ personal gems to make the items all of the extra particular. But who might resist the rose lower diamonds captured in Fairtrade gold, like Hettie’s rings beneath? Certainly not us.
Alexis Dove has added a contemporary side to her sensible bridal and positive jewelry, launching her first Fairtrade designs this month. Based within the irrepressibly quirky city of Lewes, Sussex, Alexis has constructed a cult following for her playful nature-inspired jewelry. But in relation to one thing a bit extra critical, there may be nothing higher (and let’s be trustworthy, extra enjoyable) than sitting down with Alexis to undergo her excellent assortment of surprising diamonds and gems. Choose your good match and let Alexis handcraft your dream piece of jewelry in Fairtrade gold.
Last however under no circumstances least, award-winning Surrey jeweller Jon Dibben has been a hero of Fairtrade gold hero because the treasured steel first launched within the UK on Valentine’s Day 2011 – he was one of many first 20 designers and retailers given a license to make use of the steel, alongside the likes of EC One and Stephen Webster. In the 5 years since, he has developed a signature model of sweeping, plant-like pendants, earrings and rings set with wealthy, positive gems. Believe us, in order for you an sea blue sapphire or berry purple tourmaline like no different, Jon is your man.
Words: Kathryn Bishop
Images: Alexis Dove, Annaloucah, Cred Jewellery, Hattie Rickards, Jon Dibben, Twitter, Facebook
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