Monthly Archives: January 2011

Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery Accredited by the Fairtrade Foundation

Gold jewellery symbolises love, beauty and above all romance. Sometimes the origin and story of how that gold was mined is less than desirable, with miner’s welfare and
conditions being well below the fair standards of living. Diana Porter is delighted to now be able to offer customers Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, the world’s first independent ethical certification system for gold.
Only products created from Fairtrade and Fairmined Certified gold are able to bear the dual stamp of the Fairtrade and Fairmined marks offering customers the guarantee that the gold in the jewellery they have purchased has been responsibly mined and that the miners have received a Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium which assists in their communities’ social, environmental and economic development.
Fairtrade and Fairmined gold was launched in the UK on Valentine’s Day last year (2011). The dual label is the result of years of work between Fairtrade International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), and provides a lifeline for thousands of impoverished small-scale and artisanal miners in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Diana has always been concerned about the emerging bad practices surrounding the acquisition of the raw materials used to create jewellery. In 2007 she visited the Cotapata artisanal mines in Bolivia where they were in the process of improving their practises and applying for Fairtrade recognition.
To commemorate the accreditation of Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery by the Fairtrade Foundation and celebrate this positive progress in the British jewellery industry, Diana has designed and made a special 8 piece spinning ring: The etching reads ‘fairmind’ in relief lettering across the 8 pieces and the jumble of marks when the ring is spun represents the confusion surrounding the mining process and the difficulty in obtaining traceable ethical metals.
Customers now have the choice of using Fairtrade and Fairmined gold for their jewellery and with all of Diana’s work being made behind her Park Street shop in the workshop, you really can know every step of the journey of your piece of jewellery!

ORGANISATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE BEAUTIFUL SPLINT COMPANY

York School of Jewellery is an independant school of jewellery and the largest service provider in the North of England with a reputation for teaching and success second to none. It provides equipment, research facilities and some materials free of charge to The Beautiful Splint Company.
For further information on the classes and courses run by York School of Jewellery please see york-school-of-jewellery.co.uk.

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