Jewellery – let it be fair and sustainable

The most important thing is that you are aware that there is a great chance the piece of jewellery you are buying originates from a conflict area. So be in the know about what this all means. Have a look at the Resolution:Possible research sections on diamonds and gold, and consider doing these Simple Things…

Ask your jeweller

Asking about the source of the diamond, where it came from, what its Kimberly Certificate said and checking that it definitely had a legitimate certificate are all questions you can ask your jeweller when looking for a diamond. If the jeweller can’t offer you an answer it’s time to walk away.

Avoid new materials altogether

Buying a vintage piece is reusing and recycling in its simplest form. No new resources are expended and no new chemicals are added to our environment.

Diamonds are not a girl’s best friend

diamond; gold; conflict; mining; conflict free; fairtrade gold; fairtrade; fair tradeThe most popular conflict-free and eco-friendly alternative to diamond is a stone called Moissanite. One look at its brilliant, sparkly façade makes it easy to see why. Alternatively, cubic zirconias are often much cheaper but come with just as much sparkle!

Go for the coloured stone

Amethyst, ruby, sapphire, and citrine are just a few of the coloured stones that can be sourced according to fair trade principles.

Know the source

There are no fair trade African diamonds yet so perhaps you can look into buying Canadian diamonds (though they tend to be 5-10 per cent more expensive than African diamonds).

Recycle

Buy a ring that is made out of recycled (ask your jeweller) gold.

Find out more about Fairtrade gold

This is a fairly new concept and much still needs to happen to ensure that Fairtrade is truly fair. However, the Fairtrade Gold incentive is making good progress and it is definitely a step in the right direction. Find out more about how it works and where you can buy jewellery made with fairer gold on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

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Image: The Fairtrade Foundation

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