The biggest latest news is that a Fairtrade certification process for gold has been implemented.
At an emotional unveiling ceremony last month, Peruvian miner Juana Pena Endova broke down as she addressed the audience saying “I became involved in mining because I’m a single woman with four children to support. Mining is very difficult and I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices.” The Fairtrade certification will ensure that miners like her will earn a fair wage, that the Fairtrade premium will be used to develop their communities, and very importantly, that the Fairtrade and Fairmined standards will make their workplaces safer and their environment healthier.
As usual the UK is leading the way, with gossip magazines reporting that even Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to exchange Fairtrade wedding rings. I’ve been unable to find an Australian jeweler who does Fairtrade gold, however I did find CRED The Fairtrade Jeweler with a basic wedding ring for £225.00, and Fairtrade gold engagement rings set with conflict free diamonds. They have an online store and ship to Australia.
Now wouldn’t it be rad if someone got married and got a Fairtrade gold ring because of this blog post?
Disclosure: As per usual, this post is not an advert, and I didn’t receive anything for mentioning these products.