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    Top 10 Facts about Fairtrade gold

    17 July 2019 by David Finlay

    Across cultures and throughout history, people have coveted gold, using the precious metal for jewellery, money and technology. How much do you know about gold mining and its star-spangled origins?

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  • On Valentines Day Say it with Fairtrade

    12 February 2018 by sitecore\Emccoy

    Roses are red, violets are blue, and we at Fairtrade couldn’t do it without you

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    Tim Ingle talks about Ingle & Rhode's latest Fairtrade Gold Design Awards

    16 January 2018 by Tim Ingle of Ingle and Rhode

    Following the success of last year’s inaugural Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, we are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for this year’s competition.

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    Festive Fairtrade gifts for Christmas

    1 December 2017 by Emily McCoy, Fairtrade

    Minced pies, Christmas lunches, baubles and present wrapping! Yes, the festivities are upon us. Here’s a handful of exciting and scrumptious ways you can add a handful of hearty jingle to your celebrations.

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    Fairtrade Gold: A journey from Mine to Maker photographed by Ian Berry

    19 September 2017 by Sonia Navarrete, Fairtrade

    British photographer Ian Berry has seen much of the world during his career at Magnum Photos. His lens has brought into focus harsh realities from the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 to conflict, famine and apartheid. Now he turns his lens to the exploitative scene of artisanal gold mining.

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    Gold design awards: winning piece created

    26 July 2017 by Tim Ingle of Ingle & Rhode

    It’s been really exciting to see the progress made by Fairtrade Gold since its launch in 2011. In 2015, for example, year on year volume sales were up more than 400%.

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  • Fairtrade in the words of Liz Earle MBE

    22 June 2017 by Liz Earle MBE

    Liz Earle’s award-winning Fairtrade jewellery collection, Fair and Fine, in currently on display in a pop-up window at Liberty, London for two weeks until 2nd July. Here she tells us why she believes in Fairtrade.

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    10 Fairtrade Christmas gifts ideas

    30 November 2016 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving. With just one month to go, we round up a selection of Fairtrade gifts that are not only ideal for Christmas but are a real force for good in the world.

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    Meet the maker - Erica Sharpe

    4 November 2016 by Erica Sharpe

    One of the UK's leading contemporary jewellers, Erica Sharpe, knows how to make every conversation count. She’s now proving Fairtrade gold can become the norm in the jewellery industry – and it’s what shoppers expect.  

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    In order for love to flourish, truth must deepen

    14 June 2016 by Greg Valerio, Fairtrade jeweller and environmental activist

    Doing gold properly. When it comes to raising awareness surrounding the not-so-shiny subject of the injustices within the gold industry, award winning Fairtrade jeweller and environmental activist Greg Valerio, goes straight to the top.

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    Making history with Kenyan gold

    28 August 2015 by Martine Parry, Media and PR Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    The hot, dry air and golden African light envelopes us as we begin our winding journey around Lake Victoria to Migori, a small Kenyan community close to the Tanzanian border.

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    Gold: A precarious existence

    20 August 2015 by Victoria Waugh, Major Account Manager for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Victoria Waugh recounts her trip to Peru to meet Fairtrade gold miners.

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    A trip down memory lane with Pippa Small

    13 July 2015 by admin

    Pippa Small MBE, Fairtrade and ethical jewellery designer, reflects on meeting first Fairtrade gold miners, after winning the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year category at the UK Jewellery Awards 2015.

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    I Definitely Do. Why You Should Only Buy Fairtrade Gold

    30 January 2015 by Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International

    It's that time of year: still heady from New Year parties, we all commit to wild new beginnings, reforming ourselves into slim, teetotal nuns dedicated to spreading love and peace. Which is why January can be so depressing: because before long the cold truth dawns that we are in fact much closer to being Bridget Jones than Mother Theresa.

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    How do luxury and ethics comfortably share a bed

    21 January 2015 by Harriet Kelsall, a designer and the founder of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

    Even if your personal ethics are important to you, it can still be difficult to stick with them in your business life. It becomes even more tricky when working with luxury goods but paradoxically more important. 

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