First Fairtrade platinum jewellery hits the market.
London retailer Cox & Power has created what the Fairtrade Foundation is calling the first pieces of Fairtrade Fairmined platinum jewellery.
Cox & Power has used the Fairtrade Fairmined Ecological platinum to create a set of earrings and a matching ring under the collection name Seascape. The ring and earrings have been set with ethically sourced Tanzanian spinels and fancy coloured diamonds.
The platinum used is part of a 1kg batch sold through Fairtrade licensee Vipa Design and the Fairtrade Foundation said that it expects more jewellers to work with the metal in the near future.
Fairtrade Foundation business development manager Victoria Waugh said: “This move provides an economic lifeline to Colombian miners and gives them a brighter future. Because only small amounts will be available, it makes the jewellery pieces made from Fairtrade platinum extra special.”
Fairtrade Fairmined platinum is a by-product of the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold mining process. The sediment is carefully panned using traditional artisanal techniques by 112 disadvantaged indigenous mining families from Oro Verde Corporation, Colombia.
The miners earn an additional Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological Premium from their socially and environmentally responsible methods to support their families and to drive social progress.
Fairtrade Farimined platinum follows the launch of Fairtrade Fairmined gold in 2011.