CRED's vision and stance on the ethical treatment of every worker involved in the process of creating jewelry is inspiring and almost entirely anti-capitalistic.
Capitalism demands the cheapest most efficient way of generating a product.
Respecting human dignity and worth creates higher costs and inefficiencies.
But by respecting there is no thought that, "The gold, silver, platinum and diamonds I use to accessorize came at the cost of another persons dignity, worth and blood."
I would, after law school of course, like to use CRED and other fair trade dealers whenever I buy jewelry for my wife and daughter.
There is something important in knowing that what they are wearing was not bought at the cost of someone else's worth.
Below is an excerpt from their website.
this claim lightly, but as pioneers we have pursued the dream of Fair
Trade jewellery and brought it to reality. We were the first European
retailer to sell independently certified Fair Trade gold, and the first high
street boutique to exclusively sell ethical jewellery. In 2003 we
produced the world's first truly ethical wedding rings: wedding bands
made from gold from a traceable source that was certified as
environmentally and socially responsible. They remain our bestsellers.
integrity. We have travelled the world to understand the complexity of
our trade – to discern the full environmental and social costs of mining,
and how these might be mitigated. We have sought out like-minded
campaigners and with them pioneered the independent auditing
arrangements that make Fair Trade stones and metals possible. It is
an ongoing campaign of continual improvement: we will not be satisfied
until 100% Fair Trade jewellery becomes an industry standard.