D&M Jewellery Finishers was established in 2004 and for many years was trading in the Jewellery Quarter, initially specialising in jewellery but later offering plating services across a wide range of products. They have always tried to ensure that their processes are environmentally friendly and have been able to carry out ethical practices ensuring the happiness of their staff.
Their attentions turned further afield 5 years ago when they started to research the possibility of using fair-mined gold; gold that comes from small-scale mining communities that has been audited and certified as meeting world leading standards for responsible practices, delivering organisational and social development and environmental protection. By purchasing gold with the Fairmined assurance label they know where the gold comes from and that it is responsibly mined.
D&M Jewellery Finishers became a Fairmined authorised supplier in 2017 and have been working hard with the organisation and various mines and refineries to enable the production of gold in the format needed for plating. It has taken a lot of work and a long time but are really proud to announce that they are now the first company in the UK to be able to offer gold plating using gold that can be guaranteed as being ethically sourced with the Fairmined accreditation.
The gold they are purchasing is from the Iquira mining organisation in Columbia, which is located in Columbia’s famous coffee region, so the miners alternate seasonally between artisanal gold mining and coffee cultivation! Since they gained their Fairmined accreditation they have been able to establish commercial relationships in Europe and North America enabling them to invest in better administrative facilities for the associates and workers of the co-operative, decreasing the use of mercury by 80%. So, a little investment in ethically sourced products at their end can change people’s lives all the way down the supply chain.
If you want to read more about the Iquira community see https://www.fairmined.org/community-profiles-2/iquira/.
“We hope that customers will want to join us in making a difference to the mining communities and ethical practices of an industry that has not always been transparent in its practices.”
Contact: D&M Jewellery Finishers