In May of 2018, our supply chain was audited by FLOCert. We are now not only the first (and still, as of June, 2018, only) Fairtrade Gold jeweler in the US, we are also the only fully certified Fairtrade Gold jeweler. It takes three years to earn this certification.
In spite of all the challenges, Reflective Jewelry remains deeply committed to offering as much certified Fairtrade Gold as possible—as well as the most ethically-sourced gemstones available. When we don’t know the chain of custody of our gemstones to back up any ethical claim, such as in the case of some of some of our garnets, amethyst, and peridots, we tell you so.
And over the past year, we’ve made tremendous strides in our Fairtrade Gold offerings!
We can make any item in that we produce in solid gold, including our wedding rings and engagement rings with Fairtrade Gold. Our Classic Comfort Fit wedding rings, for instance, are made entirely by hand, starting with 24K gold which we alloy and form ourselves in our studio.
Additionally, much of our two-tone gold-over-silver jewelry is made with fair trade gold—including the two-tone rings shown under the fair trade gold ring category. (Because these two-tone designs are made with both 100% pure certified Fairtrade Gold and recycled silver, they cannot be stamped with the ‘Fairtrade’ trademark or referred to as being ‘Fairtrade.’ Instead, they can only be referenced with the more general‘fair trade.’ But this is still the same gold.)
We are still in the process of transitioning some of our two-tone wedding rings to fair trade gold. The issue is that the designs themselves are made of 18K gold, and to produce these we need to have 18K gold sheets made, which can require 12 ounces of gold—that’s more than we can afford to have in stock devoted to making sheets. But this problem is typical of the kinds of issues we’ve been dealing with over the past three years as pioneers.
Here are a few articles you might find helpful: learn about Fairtrade Gold vs. fair trade gold here, and learn why recycled gold is really greenwashed dirty gold.