Ever Wondered where Fairtrade Gold Comes From?

15th November 2016


Well, the breathlessly awaited, dare I mention it, John Lewis seasonal ad is finally out there (and isn’t it just the cutest ad ever?).  So now I feel I can safely mention the C word in public…

Christmas (and New Year) are the single most popular times for proposals so I imagine there are a few of you wondering just where to begin when contemplating, and navigating the journey towards being the owner of a beautifully ethical and Fairtrade engagement ring.  

Fairtrade Fairmined Gold Engagement Rings

You could be a little confused about how gold can be labelled Fairtrade, where it actually comes from and how miners, who work within the Fairtrade/Fairmined guidelines, benefit from being a part of this amazing initiative.

Well, our intrepid friend and ethical jeweller April Doubleday and her film maker son Jon went to South America to find out. 

They made a film that would show the world how a small scale family-run hand panning eco-mine works ...

They visited Americo and his family, eco miners in Columbia, who work within the Fairtrade/Fairmined guidelines. The film shows how Americo mines for gold in an ecological and sustainable manner and he tells us, in his own words, how he’s paid a fair price PLUS a premium from Fairtrade/Fairmined for his gold.  And how such payments are then fed directly back into the local community.

Watch this and be amazed ...


April’s fabulous film has been shortlisted in the Global Sustainability Film Awards in the category 'Transforming Society’. We wish April heaps of luck on 28th November and Green Union is rooting for April to win!

(Small scale mining in ecological manner means; all health and safety standards are in place, no damaging child labour is used, both men and women mine and pan for gold and platinum, the miners themselves take responsibility for the safe handling and disoposal of chemicals used in the extraction process, seams are backfilled and replanted after they have been exhausted. This is in sharp contrast to foreign large scale mining operations who, Americo says, do not mine responsibly and thus destroy the local waterways and environment.)

April Doubleday is one of an amazing line up of handpicked ethical jewellers that you will find in our Wedding Directory.

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