To celebrate the launch of the Fairtrade Foundation’s “I Do” campaign Alice Wilby has chosen her top five Fairtrade wedding rings
Rings pictured above, clockwise from top right:
1) Eternity style Fairtrade white gold ring end set with brilliant cut rubies, £2737, Jon Dibben
Break the mould! Celebrate your union with rubies instead of diamonds, red is the colour of passion after all!
2) Band in silver and Fairtrade gold etched with the words On and On, £139, Diana Porter
I love how understated and elegant this ring is. Perfect for the modern romantic.
3) Hand-engraved ethical wedding ring made with Ecological Fairtrade gold, £405, Arabel Lebrusan
So beautiful! Arabel’s delicate engraving on these rings gives them a wonderful vintage feel you would never tire of.
4) Fairtrade platinum quilted wedding ring set with brilliant cut diamonds, £5225, Jason Charles
A bold design for all the unconventional love hearts out there. The quilted texture gives this ring a luxurious feel I adore.
5) Fairtrade and Fairmined 9ct white gold eternity ring, £1499, Harriet Kelsall
This eternity ring is too pretty! Do we really have to already be married to receive it?
Alice Wilby is a freelance stylist whose sustainable styling has appeared in Vogue. She is the Founder and Editor of sustainable fashion website futurefrock.co.uk and sits on the board of Fashion Revolution. She was a judge for the 2013 Observer Ethical Awards. She also styled the first carbon neutral fashion show for London Fashion Week. To celebrate the launch of the Fairtrade Foundation’s “I Do” campaign she has chosen her top five Fairtrade wedding rings.
For more information and high-res images of the chosen wedding rings please contact Martine Parry, Media and PR Manager in the Fairtrade Foundation press office on 020 7440 7695 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
• Around the world small-scale mining employs about 30 million miners. As many as 100 million people depend on it for their livelihoods.
• Fairtrade gold was first launched in 2011 in the UK closely followed by launches in Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, South Korea and Sweden. Certified gold is being launched in Switzerland in October 2014 and discussions are currently underway to introduce certified gold in the USA and Germany in the near future.
• The Fairtrade Minimum Price for pure gold is set at 95% of the London Bullion Market Association’s (LBMA) fix plus a Fairtrade Premium of US$2000 per kilogram of fine gold bought from the mines. Platinum: 95% LMBA + Fairtrade Premium of 15%; Silver: 95% LMBA + Fairtrade Premium of 10%. The LBMA fix is the international agreed price for gold. Artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) producers in the mainstream get anything from 50% to 85% of the LBMA fix.
• Miners can earn a premium of 15% on top of their sale price when they recover and process gold without the use of harmful chemicals such as mercury and cyanide.
• Certified miners must use safe and responsible practices for managing toxic chemicals in gold recovery. Chemicals have to be reduced to a minimum and where possible eliminated over an agreed time period.
• Child and forced labour is prohibited under Fairtrade standards, and Fairtrade monitoring stamps it out wherever it is found.
• The FAIRTRADE Mark is a certification mark and a registered trademark of Fairtrade International. The Mark is licensed on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. Today, more than 1.4 million people – farmers, workers and their families – across 70 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.