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Jewellery designer Jon Dibben presents his first Fairtrade & Fairmined gold ring

Jewellery designer Jon Dibben presents his first Fairtrade & Fairmined gold ring


by Deborah Miarkowska

The John Dibben Jewellery workshop in rural surrey has now established for 21 years, and without any formal training, his fine jewellery continues to receive critical acclaim, both for its elegance and meticulous craftsmanship. The company has been voted one of the 50 most inspiring independents in the trade journal Retail Jeweller.

Jewellery designer Jon Dibben is delighted to present his first piece made from the world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold. This unique ethical choice for gold was launched in February this year and it guarantees the gold has been responsibly mined and gives a reassurance that the miners are getting a better deal for their gold.

fairtrade-and-fairmined-gold-ring-by-jon-dibben-front-view1One of the first designers to launch a fairtrade collection

Jon Dibben is one of the first jewellery designers to launch their own Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold collections and one-off pieces bearing the dual stamp of the Fairtrade and Fairmined marks. Jon was keen to be involved in the initiative: “In our commitment to Fairtrade, we are helping small scale miners in other parts of the world – artisans, a bit like ourselves, to improve all aspects of their lives.”

The new ring uses gold from the very 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 nestles between the middle and ring finger.

Jon explains: “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”

Jon’s entry into the jewellery industry was far from conventional. His enlightening teenage travels around the Middle East and Europe culminated in two years in a hut on a nudist beach on the Greek island of Naxos. Living such a minimal existence, it may be unsurprising that a natural talent for creative design found its outlet in making simple jewellery from shells and beads.
“From my earliest days 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.”

A small family company with highly experienced and knowledgeable staff, Jon Dibben specialises in handcrafting Jon’s original fine jewellery designs in limited numbers or working to commission and has developed a strong and loyal customer base.
Emphasis is on traditional craftsmanship with a nod to current technology and designs are sophisticated and elegant but with a twist, making them fun and eminently wearable.Fairtrade and Fairmined gold:
• Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold is the world’s first independent ethical certification system for gold and associated precious metals. This certification enables businesses, from designers and retailers to fabricators and distributors to offer their customers the guarantee of a product which has been responsibly mined.

• The term Fairtrade and Fairmined recognises the partnership between FLO and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) who have developed the standard and will jointly deliver the certified gold. The two organisations are contractually bound with ARM concentrating on supply, FLO on certifying the miners, and LIs on market development and consumer communications

What the Fairtrade and Fairmined standard means:

• Miners can get more security through knowing there is a minimum price
• Miners can improve their community’s lives by investing the Fairtrade social premium in education, health and environmental restoration projects• Invest in cleaner technology
• Improve working conditions
• Improve health and safety in the mines, including safer use of chemicals
• Invest in child-care facilities
• Miners can empower themselves to gain bargaining power with the traders and more control in the supply chain through developing democratic, collective organizations.
• Miners will improve health and safety practices including safer use of chemicals.

• Products created from Fairtrade and Fairmined Certified gold and associated precious metals will be able to bear the dual stamp of the Fairtrade and Fairmined marks. To date, nine miners’ organisations, representing 2,500 miners and their families, are being certified under the Fairtrade and Fairmined standards. All of the current producer groups are based in Latin America.

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