Cred Jewellery was selected to design and produce six Fairtrade silver medals for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Awards.
Awarded on 31 March 31 at a special ceremony at Lambeth Palace in London, the medals were designed by Cred Jewellery’s head designer, Annabel Panes, and produced by the company in Peruvian Fairtrade silver.
Cred Jewellery was approached to design and produce six new medals to complement three existing medals already awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Marking the third anniversary of the Archbishop’s installation, forty people, representing a number of faiths, received medals across the nine awards. Recipients included religious, political and community leaders, along with musicians and others.
Measuring 47mm, each Fairtrade silver medal features meaningful symbols, such as the Cross of St Augustine, the Canterbury Cross, the Lambeth Cross, flames, a beetle and the fanned pages of a book.
Annabel Panes said: “As dedicated ambassadors of Fairtrade, we felt extremely privileged to work with the Archbishop and his team on the production of these medals. It was an honour to have the opportunity to work with Lambeth Palace on the project. This project has been very important to us as it helps the Fairtrade story to grow and exposes precious Fairtrade metals to more people.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury sought to have the new medals produced in Fairtrade silver, having had first-hand contact with the mining industry and its challenges, such as the poor conditions of work experienced by many artisanal small-scale miners.
He said: “Cred Jewellery has been an utter delight as partners in this work. Its designer Annabel Panes, with whom we’ve worked very closely, has been unstinting in both her engagement with this project and her skillful attention to detail. We are thrilled with the final product for which she is responsible, and anticipate that the award-holders will treasure their medals, both for the honour it represents and for the beauty of the item as a piece of jewellery – which can be worn by men or women, whether around the neck or as a tie pin or lapel brooch.”
By using Peruvian Fairtrade metals, Cred Jewellery ensures miners receive a premium for their product, which enhances the personal, social and environmental wellbeing of miners and their communities.