Ethical jeweller Ingle & Rhode’s new Fairtrade Gold Design Awards has unveiled its fifteen shortlisted finalists for 2017.
The new award for emerging jewellery designers aims to support the Fairtrade Association and create awareness of Fairtrade gold.
Entrants were invited to submit creative bridal designs made in Fairtrade gold. Over 100 applications were received and the final designs will now be put to a public vote online.
Some of this years’ finalists include British Academy of Jewellery students Sophie Hutchinson, Kate Ziyao Li, Zainab Khan, Eva Reyburn, and Tomasso Inaquita.
As part of the competition, winners and commendations will be awarded in each category. A panel of industry experts will award commendations to designs they believe deserve special recognition as well as selecting the overall winner.
The 2017 judging panel comprises Tim Ingle and David Rhode from ethical retailer Ingle & Rhode, Victoria Waugh from the Fairtrade Foundation, Peter Crump from Vipa Designs and jewellery journalist, Rachael Taylor.
Rachael Taylor Fairtrade Gold Design Awards 2017 judge said: “I was hugely honoured to be invited by Ingle & Rhode to be part of the judging panel for the very first Fairtrade Gold Design Awards. Having travelled to the Sotrami and Macdesa Fairtrade gold mines in Peru last year, it is a cause that I feel passionate about and it is exciting to see the next generation of jewellers finding so much inspiration in the story of Fairtrade gold.
“The amount of entries and their standard surpassed our expectations, and as a result, the judging process was intense. I hope that everyone who entered the competition, or goes online to help their favourite designer win the public vote, will now have a better understanding of the power that Fairtrade gold has to change lives in the remote artisanal mining communities the charity supports.
This is a brilliant moment in the spotlight for Fairtrade gold, as well as an enviable starting block for the careers of the winner and those shortlisted, and I hope it goes to show that ethical jewellery and great design can and do go hand in hand,” explained Taylor.
The overall competition winner will receive £500 and a work experience placement. In addition, Ingle & Rhode will create the winning design in Fairtrade gold.
To vote, visit https://www.ingleandrhode.co.uk/awards/2017-finalists/