Fairtrade CEO given bespoke Harriet Kelsall jewels

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Kelsall commissioned to make leaving gift earrings for Harriet Lamb.

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has been commissioned to make a pair of earrings as a leaving gift for Harriet Lamb, the executive director of the UK Fairtrade Foundation, after she won a new role as chief executive of Fairtrade International, based in Germany.

Lamb was presented with a pair of Fairtrade gold earrings inspired by the Fairtrade logo designed and made by Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

Lamb, who is relocating to Bonn, Germany, for her new role, has been credited with building the world’s most dynamic market for Fairtrade products with sales in the UK growing from £30 million in 2001 to £1.32bn in 2011.

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One of Lamb’s achievements during her tenure at the Fairtrade Foundation was the launch of the world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, which went on sale in the UK in 2011.

As a leaving gift Lamb’s colleagues at the Fairtrade Foundation presented her with a pair of Fairtrade gold earrings.

Lamb said: "During my 12 years working for Fairtrade, one of my highlights has been the launch of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. Moving into such a contentious whole new sector was not easy for us. But I always remained convinced that Fairtrade could bring changes to the sometimes desperate situations that small-scale and artisanal miners face.

"So imagine how moved and delighted I was to receive a pair of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold earrings, designed and crafted by a leading independent designer Harriet Kelsall, in droplets inspired by the Fairtrade mark.”

Kelsall became one of the first 20 jewellers in the UK to be licensed to work with Fairtrade Fairmined gold, in February 2011. Lamb said that she recalled meeting Harriet Kelsall at the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold launch in London’s Hatton Garden.

Lamb added: “The earrings are just beautiful; I could not have been more thrilled. I wear those earrings with such pride, knowing the great independent jeweller they come from, how committed Harriet Kelsall is to helping more people be able to wear and enjoy Fairtrade jewellery, and the difference it makes to the miners in Bolivia and Peru who have already dramatically improved their working conditions".

The earrings are set with London blue topaz and a peridot, chosen to match the colours of the Fairtrade logo.

Harriet Kelsall, who designed the earrings, said: "I was absolutely thrilled to be commissioned by such a great client as the Fairtrade Foundation and so flattered to be asked out of all the other jewellers who are also dealing with Fairtrade gold.

“I loved working on the project and really hope that Harriet will enjoy the earrings. Although they are inspired by the Fairtrade Logo it isn’t too ‘obvious’ and the resulting earrings are stylish and, I think, just right for this amazing and inspiring lady."
 

 

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