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Fairtrade Gold

In 2011, Ingle & Rhode became one of the first jewellers in the world to offer certified Fairtrade gold, helping small-scale miners receive a fair deal for their hard work, and supporting them in protecting the environment.

WhAT IS Fairtrade Gold?

Globally, nine out of ten gold miners work in artisanal and small-scale mines – where working conditions are dangerous, child labour is rife, pay is very poor, and mercury is widely used with a devastating impact on human health and the local environment.

Fairtrade works with artisanal and small-scale mines to help them improve their pay and working conditions, their health and safety practices, and their environmental protection. 

Only once a gold mine meets the strict Fairtrade standards will it become a certified producer of Fairtrade gold.
There are currently three Fairtrade-certified gold mining organisations in the world: MACDESA, LIMATA and CECOMSAP in Peru.

In addition, Fairtrade has been working with nine pilot groups in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to achieve Fairtrade certification, bringing much needed hope to the impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria.

Fairtrade gold provides these small-scale miners and their communities with the opportunity for better living and working conditions, ensuring that your engagement ring or wedding rings don't come at the price of human suffering or environmental damage.

Read more: Why choose Fairtrade Gold?
MACDESA, located in the Arequipa region in southern Peru, received Fairtrade certification in 2015. The company, which operates a hard rock mine and processes about 400 tonnes of ore per month, was founded in 2004 through the federation of 478 artisanal miners. Today Macdesa has 388 shareholders, divided into four groups of independent producers. In addition, Macdesa has partnered with other groups of miners, and collaborates with a group of female miners. In all, more than 550 families live off of the Macdesa mine.

The miners at MACDESA work underground in shifts of twenty days on and ten days off. For those miners who do not live locally, these ten day breaks give them time to travel to see family in different parts of Peru.

Other miners have made their home near the mine site in the village of Cuatro Horas, where rising incomes from Fairtrade have played a major role in local development, resulting in the completion of various major infrastructure and social projects, such as the development of an electrical grid and a water supply network, and the establishment of medical services and schools.

Photographs courtesy of Nigel Wright.

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I honestly cannot recommend Ingle & Rhode enough

Ben and I knew that we wanted a conflict-free and ethical diamond, and we were so delighted to find Ingle & Rhode (and I was so glad to be part of the process...!) Ellie was so warm and helpful, and clearly passionate and knowledgeable about what she does – we really enjoyed meeting her on several occasions, and she responded to all our questions and requests quickly and with such consideration; we really felt that we were getting a bespoke, personal, 1:1 process. I am beyond delighted with my beautiful Aria ring with my stunning lab-grown diamond – I'm 6 weeks engaged, and still don't stop staring at it in all different lights. Thank you so much Ingle & Rhode - you made the world of difference to us in the months before getting engaged, and we have not stopped telling people about you since.

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Ingle & Rhode were exceptional throughout the whole process

I was purchasing an engagement ring, so I had a lot to learn. Their website is very useful and helps you build your own ring. I also had an appointment for initial discussions and consultations. They were great at talking through options, giving suggestions and advising on ring size. I work overseas and so the logistics were complicated but they were so flexible and helpful. Everything went well and the ring was even delivered to the house. Brilliant follow up service for additional questions and support. Beautiful products and great service.

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Beautiful, ethical jewellery - can't recommend enough!

I am so glad that I found Ingle & Rhode when looking to buy my partner an engagement ring - they are superb, and the products are wonderful.

Buying an ethical ring was really important to my partner and I, and so I was immediately drawn in by Ingle & Rhode - unlike a lot of ethical jewellery companies, their rings are still very contemporary.. which was exactly what my partner wanted!

I had a couple of calls with Ellie during the process, who was so helpful - despite not having a great idea of what to go for, she was decisive and led me towards my own decisions; highly recommend speaking with the team, because they are wonderful (and lovely people too).

Can't recommend using Ingle & Rhode highly enough - my partner loved the ring that I chose, and we would definitely use them again for jewellery in the future.

Tom Gittens
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My experience from start to finish was superb

I have my dream ring which is my 10 year anniversary ring and its STUNNING I can’t stop looking at it. It took about 4 months from start to finish but so worth the wait. We had to find the right diamond and it then had to match my image I had in my head for the setting. From my first phone call to picking up the ring Ellie has been fantastic and very informative along the way. Hayley, the designer was so patient with me going back and forth on design and also had amazing ideas to really elevate the ring. The product and service is truly wonderful so much so I want to buy a new piece every year ( just have to convince the hubby ;) !! Well done team I&R

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Simply stunning!

I have just collected my beautiful bespoke ruby and diamond ring from Ingle & Rhode. The journey started with an email enquiry and a face to face meeting with Natalie, who was so helpful and talked through with me some ideas I already had. This ring isn't an engagement ring but more of a statement piece, and I knew that I wanted to find a product that fitted my ethical & environmental values. Hayley then took over with the design process which was so enjoyable, and I have loved watching and being involved with my ring slowly evolving from 6 initial designs. I was really happy with the final CAD artwork and now that it has been turned into the finished piece, it is simply stunning. I could not be happier with my purchase and would thoroughly recommend Ingle & Rhode to anyone looking for a bespoke design and ethical values for a special piece of jewellery, whatever the occasion. Thank you to the whole team!.

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