British ethical jeweller, September Rose, was one of the first to be awarded a Fairtrade gold license. Based in Buckinghamshire, and led by designer Samantha, the aim is to create beautiful, sentimental and timeless pieces of jewellery inspired by nature, each with a story to tell.
For example, with Samantha’s ‘Sakura’ pendant, it was inspired by the story of the 1,000 year old cherry tree that survived the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami. 10% of the profits from ‘Sakura’ go to the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami relief fund.
Samantha’s core belief is that 'one person's luxury should not be at the expense of another's suffering or cause damage to precious ecological systems around the world'.
Because of this belief, September Rose uses only the purest materials available, certified as Fairtrade, conflict free and sourced from traceable, sustainable, ecologically sound and morally responsible projects.
Samantha can trace every raw material used in her jewellery from the ground or sea to September Rose’s jewellery boxes. Gold is sourced from the 'Oro Verde' project in Colombia, which is currently the only cooperative to be certified to the Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological standards. Silver is sourced from the Fundacion Eco Andina in Argentina. Eco Andina has an established a rehabilitation program for former silver miners from Bolivia.
Sepember Rose is one of only 50 jewellers in the world to be a licensee of the Fairtrade Foundation and the Jeweltree Foundation that, like Fairtrade, certifies the providence of raw materials.
The brand's white jewellery boxes are made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials, box internals are made from Fairtrade organic cotton and the September Rose logo is printed on top of the box with biodegradable vegetable inks.
September Rose has been featured in Coco Eco, Vogue, Tatler and GQ.
For more details please visit http://www.september-rose.co.uk/.