Assay Office notes “continuous growth” in ethical items being marked.
The Goldsmiths’ Company has reported that the number of items being recognised as Fairtrade Fairmined gold is ever-increasing.
Since the Fairtrade Fairmined mark was first launched in February this year, several designers and manufacturers have been submitting items to be marked.
The Goldsmiths’ Company says there has been “a continuous growth in our customers signing up to the scheme and submitting Fairtrade Fairmined products to the assay office”.
The company says that with more and more manufacturers producing Fairtrade Fairmined gold articles the word amongst consumers is spreading widely, with a number of exhibitors at the Goldsmiths’ Fair actively promoting their Fairtrade Fairmined jewellery.
At the launch of the Fairtrade Fairmined gold mark on February 14, 20 UK designers and companies were given licences to use Fairtade Fairmined gold including Stephen Webster and Garrard, Fifi Bijoux, CRED Jewellery, April Doubleday, Harriet Kelsall, Oria, Linnie McLarty, Pippa Small, Ute Decker and manufacturer Weston Beamor.
The Goldsmiths’ Company also said that, as consumers spend more time considering their purchases during tougher economic times, marks such as the Fairtrade Fairmined mark, alongside the traditional purity and makers marks, will ensure consumers have confidence in their purchases.
“To help you provide this reassurance, we have produced a series of hallmarking information cards for you to give away with all your hallmarked purchases,” said the company. “These beautifully embossed cards re-iterate the importance and history of the hallmark and the guarantee it carries. The cards are available, at a small fee, for gold, silver, platinum and palladium.”