European White Gold
Much of the white gold jewellery sold in North America is made with nickel. Nickel is a cheap, base metal that can cause an allergic reaction in some people, which is pretty much the last thing you want your jewellery to do. This nickel-based product is coated with rhodium to give it that shiny and expensive glean, but over time this wears off and the ring starts to look dingy. For these reasons we make our white gold with palladium, which means your ring will be and will remain, staggeringly beautiful. Palladium is relative of platinum and is entirely awesome. Extraordinary on it’s own, it doesn’t need to be plated and it’s perfect for people who may have concerns about allergic reactions with nickel. It costs a little bit more to produce, but it’s really in a different qualitative stratosphere and is worth every penny. Both our recycled white gold and our Fairtrade white gold are made with palladium.
Clear® Recycled Gold And Platinum
Our Clear® Recycled gold and platinum is a made from 100% re-purposed materials. No additional mining was done to acquire these metals. They are reclaimed from old jewellery, electronics and other metal-bearing consumer products which are then refined. They’re probably the least intrusive option environmentally.
The Last Gold Rush
In 2008, our Chief Designer, the madly talented and intrepid Ryan Taylor traveled to Colombia’s Chocó rainforest to meet the community of miners who participate in the Oro Verde program. This video, Last Gold Rush, documents this journey.
“We have been eager supporters of FTJCo’s efforts to secure recognition for artisanal mining practices and are proud and excited that they and the mining community they have partnered with are among the first recipients of the Fairtrade Fairmined certification.The consequences of mineral exploitation and unethical mining are self-evident across the world. The importance of addressing these issues and trading fairly and responsibly cannot be underestimated. We at War Child applaud the commitment of FTJCo in it’s efforts to affect meaningful change.”- James Topham, Director of Communications, War Child
“I think this project, which works towards the future, can be one of the bases for the continuous development of the Chocó communities.”- Américo Mosquera, Oro Verde miner