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Different gleam of gold from the Fair Trade system

The Fairtrade Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals aims to enable artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) to improve their livelihoods through responsible and sustainable mining practices.


Achieving certification against the Standard means that the miners:

  • Receive a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price: this is set at 95% of the London Bullion Market Association’s (LBMA) fixing for gold, which is substantially higher than the price many marginalised miners receive.
  • Receive a Fairtrade premium payment, which is democratically reinvested in community projects and improving miners’ operations. This is calculated as 10% of the applicable LBMA fixing. For Ecological Gold (gold extracted without the use of chemicals) this is calculated as 15% of the applicable LBMA fixing.
  • Develop long term business relations with their commercial partners, giving the miners financial security.

Gold miners village El Paso in a remote part of Choco. miners2

Fulfilling the Fairtrade and Fairmined standard means that certified miners:

  • Have developed democratic and accountable organisations and formalised all their operations.
  • Protected through the mandatory use of protective gear and safe use of toxic chemicals, such as mercury and cyanide, used in the gold recovery process.
  • Are respectful of their environment when mining, for example they must protect and restore the local eco-systems, including managing water pollution.
  • Recognise the rights of women miners.
  • Work to eliminate child labour.

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59340188@N02/


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It’s ring time – unique and awesome!

It’s jewelry time!
My eye was caught by this hexagonal gold ring designed by jewelry designer Gabriela Artigas.

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14K GF Hexagon – Gabriela Artigas 

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Triangle Ring – Gwaan

Unique and awesome!

It’s jewelry time!

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Hunting Man – Gisele Ganne


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