Fair Luxury is an independent collective of jewellery industry changemakers with a shared vision for a responsible and sustainable future for people and planet. We believe that together we can create a more equitable industry.

Jewellery is bought and given as a token of love, to reflect our personality or to communicate power and wealth.  But all too often it is created by a supply chain harbouring social injustice and environmental destruction. But when jewellery is produced responsibly it can provide sustainable livelihoods for everyone involved, from the miners of raw materials to the creator or retailer of the finished piece.

We want to work in a jewellery industry that shares the wealth it creates with all those who work in it: an industry that takes responsibility for ensuring safe working conditions and human rights alongside working to conserve and restore the natural environment.

 

Through our events and activities,

WE CHALLENGE
provoking honest discussion on social and environmental injustice in jewellery and seeking solutions

WE COLLABORATE
creating an inclusive platform to bring the industry together and give everyone an equal voice

WE INSPIRE
acting as a catalyst to inspire jewellery professionals and consumers to take action and drive positive change at any level

WE EMPOWER
curating practical resources to enable jewellers and organisations on a journey towards greater traceability, transparency, and responsible practice

 

As individual designers, makers, traders and retailers as well as advocates and educators we’ve pledged to make decisions in our own businesses that are driven by more than just profit. Each of us is at a different place on our journey to responsible business, but we are working on it. No matter how small, collectively our actions will transform our industry for the better.

 

Will you join us?

David Crump,
Head of Business Incubation,
Cockpit Arts

As Head of Business Incubation at Cockpit Arts, David leads the business support team, helping some 170 designer-maker studio holders develop sustainable craft businesses. He is also responsible for Cockpit Arts’ consulting arm, which sees the “Cockpit Effect” offered to makers and organisations in the UK and overseas, and is currently working on a pilot project with the British Council, developing ways to support social entrepreneurship within the creative sector in Thailand and Indonesia. David is also an Advisory Board Member for US-based Ethical Metalsmiths a group with over 10 years’ experience of working directly with jewellers and metalsmiths (student, professional and hobbyist) to raise awareness of material sourcing issues and harmful studio / manufacturing practices.

From 2011 to 2014, David was the Commercial Manager with Vipa Designs where he was instrumental in developing that company’s responsible sourcing offering, building links with the Fairtrade Foundation, ARM and various other certification bodies. It was whilst at Vipa that David initiated what has become the Fair Luxury network.

Rachel Sweeney, co-owner,
Cox & Power

Rachel has worked within the jewellery industry for over 30 years and launched Cox & Power in 1994 as one of the first jewellers to combine bespoke craftsmanship with a fresh approach to retail, designing and making modern jewellery from their central London shop and studio.

As Fairtrade and Fairmined licensees they are working towards developing responsible practice both in the creation of their jewellery and building awareness through client relationships and supporting initiatives and events in the wider trade community.

Amanda Li Hope,
Jewellery designer and maker

Amanda Li Hope is a London based designer-maker who was one of the world’s first Fairtrade gold licensees. With a background in sustainable architecture, Amanda strongly believes that every step in the designing and making process should be responsibly managed and have a positive impact. Every step of the making process is transparently communicated including from where the materials are sourced, practices in the workshop, to the design and manufacture of the final piece itself.

Anna Loucah,
Designer-maker, Annaloucah

Annaloucah is an award-winning designer goldsmith based in central London. As one of the world’s first Fairtrade gold licensees, Anna believes passionately in working towards positive change within the UK jewellery industry by offering luxury without compromise.

Always a keen collaborator, Anna’s first major Fairtrade commissions were part of Livia Firth’s ‘Green Carpet Challenge’. During this time, Anna saw her bespoke, handcrafted jewellery on the red carpets of international film awards ceremonies such as the Oscars and The Golden Globes.

Whilst continuing to specialise in one of a kind creations, Anna has also recently broadened her range to include ‘ready to wear’ and limited edition pieces – so aiming to bring a little Fairtrade luxury into our everyday lives.

Stuart Pool,
Director, Nineteen48

Stuart is a specialist in responsibly mined and fully traceable coloured gemstones, mainly sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He runs gem trading companies Nineteen48 (www.nineteen48.com), Rubyfair (www.rubyfair.com) and Crown Gems, as well as being one of the co-founders of Fair Luxury (www.fairluxury.co.uk), a group focused on positive change in the jewellery industry and a key member of the Moyo Gemstones project (www.moyogems.com).

Stuart works very closely with local mine owners to provide a mine-to-market service, from extracting the rough gem material and the cutting and polishing of gemstones, right up to the sale of gems to the end customer, both wholesale and retail. The emphasis throughout the supply chain is on maximum transparency and fair benefits to everyone involved.

Stuart’s companies support charitable projects in both Sri Lanka and the UK and he is also committed to educating the widest possible audience about the issues within the jewellery sector. He is supportive of many initiatives and programmes within the industry which are trying to improve conditions and benefits for those involved in all stages of the supply chains for diamonds, precious metals and coloured gems.

Jane Barnett,
Operations Manager,
Levin Sources

Levin Sources provides research & advisory and training & facilitation services to businesses and interested stakeholders along mineral value chains. Their work enables responsible mining and sourcing and best practice artisanal and small-scale mining. Levin Sources creates customised solutions for clients to address sustainability issues and build resilient futures.

Jane provides administrative and operational support for all the team at Levin Sources. She runs the global operations and supports staff, associates and clients across four continents. Jane uses her strong administrative and communication skills gained from over 25 years in private sector operations to manage finances, contracts, human resources, travel, and back-office functions.

The company’s work encompasses both the downstream segment (jewellery) and the upstream segment (mining, trading, transport and refining) and aims to raise awareness along the jewellery supply chain to go beyond compliance to achieve broader sustainability and international development goals.

Victoria Waugh,
Founder, V&V

With over 15 years in the fashion, textile, and jewellery sectors, Victoria is Co-Founder and Senior Consultant at V&V where she supports companies to define and implement sustainability strategies; and to source and produce responsibly.  Her background across the manufacturing, retail, NGO and accreditation sectors mean she brings a holistic approach to business growth – resulting in positive commercial, social and environmental impact.  

She has a proven track record in establishing long term, profitable business relationships and building supply chains to bring product to market for leading brands.  Notably, she led the commercial strategy for Fairtrade Gold, which saw the scheme grow from concept to industry leader in ethical gold.

Victoria is also the Women’s Jewellery Network Ambassador for Ethics and Sustainability; author of the Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador training course, and a Fair Luxury team member.

Arabel Lebrusan,
Founder, Lebrusan Studio

Arabel Lebrusan, studied gemmology, jewellery and fine arts in Spain and Holland, before arriving in London to take her MA in jewellery design at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design.

Prior to that, years spent visiting jewellery factories and production lines around the world provided her life-changing insight on the impact of non-ethical practices on the environment, workers and communities.

Upon graduating, she set out with a very clear vision and a passionate determination to establish herself as a champion of ethical jewellery design and production. Following a three-year stint as Creative Director of Leblas Jewellery in London’s Sloane Street, she launched her own exclusive signature collection.

Today’s Arabel Lebrusan designs are tomorrow’s heirlooms to treasure, each iconic piece created with a passion and Fairtrade and ethical principals at its heart. Made by master craftsmen in the UK and in her native Spain they are worn by stylish women the world over, from Queen Letizia of Spain to Hollywood actress Sienna Miller.

When she is not creating stunning jewellery, the multi-award winning designer and gemologist uses her success as a platform to continue promoting the importance of ethical jewellery to a wider audience. A passionate voice for industry change, she recently added National Associate of Jewellers UK Jewellery Designer of the Year 2017 to her growing list of accolades.

 

Image: Emma Hare

Liz Stovell,
Creative Director, Untold Jewellery

Liz Stovell is a London based designer-maker. As a bespoke jeweller each piece is unique, but what is consistent throughout her work is the aspiration for traceability in the materials supply. Liz’s brand, Untold Jewellery, is proud to be Fairtrade gold registered, and partners with gemstone dealers who work with people welfare at the forefront of their business models.

Ruby McGonigle,
Communications & Marketing, Lebrusan Studio

Ruby is a recent Linguistics graduate with a passion for writing, a love for jewellery and a deep interest in industry supply chains. Combining these penchants, she now coordinates all marketing for Lebrusan Studio, the award-winning, Brighton-based brand founded by Arabel Lebrusan. Through her research, imagery and words, Ruby assists Lebrusan in her endeavour to pioneer the ethical jewellery movement by sharing knowledge, asking questions, and encouraging others to do the same.

Friends and Collaborators

The work of Fair Luxury is only possible because of the help, support and collaboration we have with our wider Fair Luxury community. We would particularly like to acknowledge the ongoing support and contribution of the following people and organisations:

The Goldsmiths’ Centre
Dr Peter Oakley
Mary Michel and The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh
Estelle Levin and Levin Sources
Birmingham Assay Office