Quality Assurance, Fairtrade and Ethical Mining

Lava Collection, Fairtrade Gold

Quality Assurance
Silver and gold are purchased from the United Kingdom ensuring quality of the metal.

Fairtrade Gold and Ethical Mining
Dede Marconato Contemporary Jewellery is pleased to be registered in Hong Kong with Fairtrade Gold. Fairtrade Gold is the world’s first independent ethical certification system for jewellery. Clients can now choose to use Fairtrade gold in commissions in Hong Kong.

Fairtrade Gold jewellery is more expensive than non-certified jewellery, but clients can be confident that the gold has been sourced in an ethical manner, miners are paid fare wages, and work in safe conditions. The Fairtrade premium allows miners to invest in social, environmental, and economic projects that benefit their communities. Physical traceability for Fairtrade gold is compulsory at all times.

Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold is unique in offering the first transparent and traceable supply chain for gold. Certified gold is kept separate from non-certified gold during processing, refining, and manufacturing.

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Handmade vs Manufactured

Handmade Pieces by Dede Marconato

The art and craft of hand fabricating jewelry is an ancient one. In a truly hand-fabricated item, every element is formed, assembled, joined, and finished entirely by hand or with hand tools. Manufacturing, on the other hand (pun intended) often means the metal is never even touched by a factory worker until it is time to polish it.

Following the guidelines of the US Federal Trade Commission at Dede Marconato Contemporary Jewellery each piece is hand crafted by me using traditional techniques.

Handmaking each piece ensures that quality will never be compromised. Clients can be assured that when they wear a piece made by me, it has been crafted with meticulous care.

I conceptualize, design and make one off custom pieces as requested by the client.  My artisan collections are limited editions ensuring exclusivity of the design.

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Dede Marconato, Jewellery Designer, Hong Kong

Dede at her bench in Hong Kong

Dede Marconato is a goldsmith and a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America. She works exclusively from her jeweller’s bench in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. If you are interested in more information about designing a unique custom piece, please contact her at info@dedemarconato.com

The Design Process

Dede Marconato Design Process

I am fortunate to have lived as an expatriate for over half my life and to have travelled extensively.  The visual senses are consistently provoked. When we travel, the accumulation of experience influences our perception.  For myself, this drives the direction of my designs. These experiences influence the beauty and versatility of each piece of jewellery art.

Each piece is an original creation designed to emphasize the natural beauty of the metal. Most pieces are conceptualised from elements in nature or architectur. Sometimes,  I am inspired by powerful women and their connections to gemstones, such as Pele, Goddess of Volcanoes.  My ideas, however abstract are enhanced by drawings and followed by development of structural and technical components before working with the metal.

Each piece is then crafted through traditional techniques, assembled, polished, and finished by hand. There are no shortcuts to exceptional jewellery. The commitment to perfection is an involved and labour intensive process, but wonderfully gratifying when the final piece evolves into a work of art.

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Dede Marconato, Jewellery Designer, Hong KongDede Marconato is a goldsmith and a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America. If you are interested in more information about designing a custom gift or jewellery, please contact her at info@dedemarconato.com