Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Happy Anniversary!
Celebrating in Fairtrade/Fairmined gold style

Mini 'xx' earrings in 18k yellow Fairtrade/Fairmined gold
with ethically sourced rubies

Amanda's first official Fairtrade/Fairmined gold pair of earrings!

Made, stamped, and just delivered today - the day Fairtrade/Fairmined gold celebrates being one year old and the day before her client's wedding anniversary.

The commission came from a client who wanted these ethically sourced 5mm round rubies set in a pair of mini ‘XX’ earrings as an anniversary gift to his wife. Because of the special provenance of these beautiful stones (look at the colour - yowsers), the client wanted them to be 'set in Fairtrade/Fairmined gold, or nothing at all.'

Amanda usually only sets 3mm stones in this particular sized-setting, and these were 5mm, but she is always up for a challenge. And, seeing the results now, larger stones, and maybe even different shaped ones may be in my XX collection's future...

Amanda delivered the earrings to my client earlier this evening. It was with great delight to see him loupe for the very first time the Fairtrade/Fairmined mark, a stamp placed alongside the standard traditional UK hallmarks. (The earrings also had the Queen's Diamond Jubilee commemorative hallmark.) And, as her client pointed out, it was somehow appropriate to that this commission fell at the same time as Fairtrade/Fairmined gold's 1-year anniversary, and during Fairtrade Fortnight too no less.

Amanda hopes his wife enjoys them as much as she did making them. Happy Anniversary to her client – and to Fairtrade and Fairmined gold!

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