Flowing, petal-like design uses rare sea-green tourmalines.
Jewellery designer Jon Dibben has unveiled his first piece of jewellery made from Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold.
Dibben is one of the first jewellery designers to launch their own Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold collections and one-of-a-kind pieces bearing the dual stamp of the Fairtrade and Fairmined marks.
This ring, his first dress ring has been crafted from the first batch of certified metal to enter the country, originating from the Cotapata mining co-operative in Bolivia.
It is set with eight, rare sea-green tourmalines from Nigeria, marquise cut in graduating sizes. The largest is 4.24 carats and sits between the middle and ring finger.
Dibben said: “It was a design that had been slowly shaping in my mind since finding the main stone, the timings just seemed right to make this our first ring in this very precious metal. I’m really happy with it. For such a strong design, it still looks very beautiful and feminine when worn”
Dibben designs and makes his collections from a workshop in rural surrey and has been working as a jeweller for 21 years, and without any formal training. He spent the early part of his career living in Greece, making simple jewellery from shells found on the beach.
“I always felt some kind of connection to the natural world. It was such an easy decision to get involved with launching Fairtrade gold- it somehow felt like coming full circle. It’s very exciting to be able to make fine jewellery that is completely ethically sourced,” said Dibben.