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Fairtrade Small Jeweler Scheme Opens for Business in U.K.

Apr 24, 2014 9:58 AM   By Fairtrade Foundation
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Press Release: The Fairtrade Foundation has today launched a unique new scheme for small jewelers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and artists to use ethically sourced Fairtrade gold and silver in their jewelry. The Goldsmiths Registration Scheme represents the single most significant development in ethical sourcing in the U.K. since the launch of Fairtrade gold in 2011, making it accessible to all. It will play a vital role in the ethical transformation of the jewelry sector.

Reena Agarwal, the commercial account manager for Fairtrade gold, said, “The Fairtrade Foundation recognizes that the vast majority of the jewelry trade rests in the hands of the small jewelers and this scheme sends a clear signal to the entire market that small is beautiful. Collectively, small jewelers have the power to transform the national market through this scheme, so we are encouraging goldsmiths from across the country to register and help Fairtrade to transform the lives of marginalized artisanal and small scale miners through the power of their creativity.”

Fairtrade’s simple online registration system, http://www.fairgold.org/goldsmiths-registration/,  will allow small jewelers to purchase certified Fairtrade gold and precious metals from a master licensee in a semi-finished form, such as a sheet, wire or tube casting grain, and use it in their work.

The benefits of the scheme for the goldsmith are that the annual registration is free, there is very little administration on the part of the goldsmith and a dedicated list of master licensees who source from certified small-scale gold miners.

Small jewelers or goldsmiths who join the scheme agree to abide by certain terms and conditions that include not being able to stamp your jewelry with the Fairtrade stamp, only using certain predetermined marketing materials and agreeing to the annual limits of 500 grams of gold or platinum or 2 kilograms of silver.

Agarwal said,  “Naturally we want all small jewelers and goldsmiths to become full license holders, allowing them to stamp their jewelry pieces, but in the interim, the small jewelers and goldsmiths scheme is a great way to enjoy creating jewelry using Fairtrade certified metals and directly benefit the artisanal and small-scale miners and their impoverished communities."

For more information on participating in the Goldsmith Registration Scheme, please contact gold-at-fairtrade.net and visit  http://www.fairgold.org/.


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