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Ingle & Rhode - ethical jewellery designers

Ingle & Rhode - ethical jewellery designers

Name: Tim Ingle and David Rhode
Location: Piccadilly, London

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business
We offer ethical fine jewellery - engagement rings and wedding bands whose provenance we can guarantee. Our gold is fairly traded and produced without cyanide or mercury, our diamonds are guaranteed conflict-free, and jewellery is made in the UK under British health and safety laws.

There is no child labour at any point in our supply chain, and unlike almost all other jewellers, we are completely transparent about where our materials come from.

What or who inspires you?
We source our gold from the EcoAndina Foundation in Argentina, whose role is to protect sustainable village life. They do this by supplying solar power to pump water, which makes local agriculture much more effective.

They also provide electricity to local villages, and help to provide hard currency though environmentally friendly mining projects.

The people who work for EcoAndina have dedicated their lives to their work, going to live in the middle of nowhere to help the local people - we find that very inspiring.

What do you enjoy most about running your business?
Most of our clients are in the process of getting engaged or married, and it's nice to deal with people at these happy moments.

Also, it's very satisfying to feel that we are doing work that has a positive social impact in the developing world.

What is the most challenging aspect?
It is important to challenge the misperception that being ethical means compromising on quality or on price - it really doesn't.

What do you feel you bring to an ethical wedding?
The dress will be worn once, the cake will be eaten once, but wedding jewellery should last forever. It's very important that it shouldn't be tainted by the ethical problems that plague the conventional jewellery industry.

How do you see the wedding industry changing over the next five years (if at all)?
Increasingly, consumers are demanding that businesses act ethically, and there is no reason to think that this trend won't continue. I'm very optimistic that the wedding industry will continue to change for the better.

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