Community Awards Launch

Will your 2022 Fair Luxury Pledge be a winner of our inaugural Community Awards?

We are excited to announce the launch of the Fair Luxury Pledge Community Awards.

It’s the latest development in the Fair Luxury Pledge initiative, which was launched in January 2021 as a framework for members of the jewellery industry to adopt a more ethical approach to their operations. The scheme encourages industry professionals to identify areas for improvement within their businesses, commit to a particular change, and work towards it via steps that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound). In doing so, it encourages jewellery businesses to think about ways of working that are more responsible, transparent and accountable, whilst creating a community for industry peers who wish to inspire one another and share knowledge.

In 2022, Fair Luxury is celebrating the successes and commitment of their Pledgers by offering a community awards ceremony to formally recognise individuals who have gone above and beyond to better their businesses.

Any Pledge officially submitted this year via our online Pledge form is entered into the awards. Those who have yet to make a 2022 Pledge are encouraged to do so, and any of the 130+ individuals who Pledged in 2021 are invited to submit a new Pledge or carry their 2021 Pledge over to this year by re-submitting it.

The awards will be split into two categories:

‘Business Practise’ – encompassing Pledges relating to consumer education, industry engagement, progress towards certification and other innovative activities

‘Materials and Sourcing’ – including Pledges that relate to improvements within supply chains and the sourcing of metals, gemstones and packaging.

Five applicants from each category will be shortlisted by the Fair Luxury Pledge team. Pledges will be judged based on the extent to which they are SMART, the level of progress and passion shown by each Pledger in attempting to achieve the outcome, and the role each Pledger played in promoting the campaign to others.

The winner of each category will then be selected from the shortlist by a panel of three independent industry judges, receiving the Pledge Community Awards Winner 2022 badge, a certificate and a feature in a ‘Fair Luxury Pledge Winners’ press release distributed to trade titles.

The deadline for Pledges eligible for the awards is 30th June 2022, allowing entrants five months to make progress on their Pledge before judging. Entrants will be asked to submit feedback on their Pledge progress in January 2023, before winners are announced at a virtual ceremony in February 2023.

So, what are you waiting for? Join our growing community of inspiring, knowledgeable, passionate and like-minded people and be in with the chance of having your hard work recognised by the industry.

Open House – 24 March 2022

Open House – Provenance Power

Provenance Power: The Positive Impact of Traceable Gold

Thursday 24 March 2022, 2pm (GMT) online via Zoom

With talk in the industry of Russian Gold entering the market to avoid sanctions it is even more important for jewellers to know the source of their gold. A traceable and transparent supply of gold not only ensures the money spent goes to the right source but has a powerful impact to the mining communities.

We’ve heard about Fairtrade Gold and Fairmined Gold in a previous Fair Luxury Open House so now we’d like to open the floor to some other initiatives in the process of bringing artisanal gold to market. We’ll hear the huge amount of work that goes into establishing a responsibly sourced supply of gold through to the impact this has directly to the mining area.

The event is free to attend but please register in advance to join us. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment box on registration.

We are pleased to be joined by

Rachel Brass (Project Director at Levin Sources)

Project Director, USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project which aims to develop and deliver activities to establish a commercially-viable, responsible and conflict-free supply chain for artisanal and small scale (ASM) gold from eastern DRC.

Duncan Marshall (Operations Manager of Betts Metals

Single Mine Origin Gold from the Hummingbird Resources Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali. Detailed knowledge of provenance is the key to Single Mine Origin gold. From the moment it is mined, every gram of gold is traced by batch right through to the creation of a finished product. Single Mine Origin gold is segregated all the way along the supply chain, ensuring that the end consumer knows exactly what they are purchasing.

About Open House

The Fair Luxury Open Housse sessions are an opportunity to get together with the jewellery community, get inspired and find support on your fair jewellery journey.

Established designers, makers, new graduates and independent businesses – whatever stage of the ethical sourcing journey you’re at, you are very welcome.

Join Fair Luxury Open House on Zoom to learn and exchange on all things relating to ethical jewellery. By nurturing a sense of human connection and sharing information we can support each other and help to focus our individual intentions.

Fair Luxury Pledge 2022

The 2022 Fair Luxury Pledge has launched!

The Fair Luxury Pledge framework is designed to support you and your peers to take tangible steps towards a better business. It’s an opportunity to set a personal or business goal and to network with those that have shared aims, exchanging knowledge and ideas along the way. No matter your position in the industry or where you are on your ‘fair jewellery journey’, the Pledge scheme is here to offer motivation and a sense of community.

We know that when jewellery is produced responsibly it can provide sustainable livelihoods for all involved – from the miners of raw materials right through the supply chain to the ultimate designer or retailer of the finished piece.

As individual designers, makers, traders and educators we’ve pledged to make changes and business decisions that are driven by more than just profit. In every aspect of our work we seek to ensure that we are achieving and maintaining a safe, sustainable and just industry for all. We dream of one day casting our minds back and feeling proud to place ourselves at the core of the revolution that transformed the jewellery trade for good.

We are each at a different stage in our journey towards responsible business, but we are all working on it. No matter how big or small, our collective actions will change the world. Will you join the movement?

Through the jewellery we create and the ways we run our businesses, those who make the Fair Luxury Pledge each promise to:

Conserve and restore the environment
Work in a way that is responsible, transparent and accountable
Play a role in educating and empowering others

Now, it’s your turn. Wondering how to take it from here? It’s simple:

  1. Write down your plan of action. Which tangible steps will you take this year? Big or small, new or continuing from last year, your measures should aim towards reducing collective impact on the environment, supporting the people that you connect with and creating a more equitable world for all.
    You could start by vowing simply to ensure that all your office waste is recycled responsibly, or take the plunge and commit to only sourcing artisanal and small-scale gold from now on. For some tips and ideas check out our posts here or go to the Ethical Making Resource.
  2. Share your plan with us by clicking the “take the pledge” button and completing our Pledge form.
  3. We’ll send you a link to the Fair Luxury 2022 Pledge badge in recognition of your commitment, which you can share with your website visitors and social media followers. If you have time, why not create a page on your website dedicated to explaining your pledge?
  4. Encourage a jewellery friend to join the movement.
  5. Sign up to our mailing list and keep an eye out for email updates about our webinars and events!

With your permission we’d love to share details of your pledge on social media and, along with the wider Fair Luxury community, to support and encourage you on your journey.

Open House – Pledge 2022

Open House – Thursday 27 January 2022

13.00 (GMT) online via Zoom

Join us as we review progress in 2021 and share inspiration for 2022


This time last year, we launched the Fair Luxury Pledge initiative; a new framework designed to support you and your peers to take tangible steps towards better business. The programme was an opportunity for us each to set personal goals and to network with other Pledgers with shared aims, exchanging knowledge and ideas along the way. No matter one’s position in the industry or the stage they found themselves at in their ‘fair jewellery journey’, the Pledge scheme was implemented to offer motivation and a sense of community.

12 months, over 120 Pledgers and a host of inspiring Pledge-themed Open House events down the line, we’re incredibly proud to say that the initiative was a roaring success. Seeing our industry ignite with such inspiration has been fantastic. With every Pledge taken – each just as positive and dedicated as the last – we’ve found ourselves instilled with further confidence in our collective pursuit of a fair and sustainable jewellery industry. ⠀

Now, with 2022 upon us, it’s time to reflect on the challenges and successes of the year behind us – and start hatching plans for the one ahead.
 

 

 

JOIN US 

Our next Fair Luxury Open House is on Thursday 27th January 2022, 13:00 GMT. We’ll be taking a look back at the Pledges made in 2021, discussing the effectiveness of the Pledge framework, and exchanging ideas for 2022 Pledges.

We’ll hear from real life Pledgers, invited to discuss the areas they succeeded in, the parts that didn’t go so well, and their plans to continue journeying towards better business this year.

Do you have a Pledge success story of your own that you’re proud to share? We’d be delighted for you to spend a few moments speaking to our Open House guests about it. Please feel free to put yourself forward by dropping us a line on pledge@fairluxury.co.uk.

This event is free and open to anyone who’s interested; from existing Pledgers to newbies looking to make a positive change or two this year. All we ask is that you register your place in advance and bring along any mates that you think might benefit from making a Pledge of their own.
 
Register for our Open House

TELL US HOW WE DID
 
As we prepare to restart the Pledge initiative for 2022, we’d love to hear about your Pledger experience. Your honest feedback would serve as a pillar around which to construct this year’s framework, ensuring it’s even more impactful than the last.

If you could spare a few minutes of your time to answer a few simple questions sometime before Wednesday 26th January 2022, we’d be incredibly grateful.
 
Take the 2021 Pledge survey
 
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The event is free to attend but please register in advance to join us.

About Open House

The Fair Luxury Open House sessions are an opportunity to get together with the jewellery community, get inspired and find support on your fair jewellery journey.

Established designers, makers, new graduates and independent businesses – whatever stage of the ethical sourcing journey you’re at, you are very welcome.

Join Fair Luxury Open House on Zoom to learn and exchange on all things relating to ethical jewellery. By nurturing a sense of human connection and sharing information we can support each other and help to focus our individual intentions.

Reflecting on ten years of certified artisanal gold

Reflecting on ten years of certified artisanal gold

Where are we now? Has enough been achieved, and what’s next?

Thursday 16 September 2021 14:00-15:30 (BST) online

For many years the idea of certified responsibly mined and fairly traded gold was a dream – but one that became a reality in 2011. Now ten years have passed and consumers can choose to buy from over 350 licensed jewellers working with certified Fairtrade or Fairmined Gold.

Join us for this exciting panel discussion hosted by our own Arabel Lebrusan in conversation with Morgane Nzelemona, Anna Barker and Christina Miller. Find out more about our speakers below.

Expect a challenging, informative and inspiring session to celebrate this milestone and consider the impact of the past ten years. We will also be shining a light on some of the challenges and sharing details of projects and initiatives aiming to tackle them.

Register via Zoom here

Our speakers represent a force for good in artisanal mining; follow the links to find out more about them and their work.

Morgane Nzelemona is part of the Fairmined initiative powered by the Alliance for Responsible Mining to create more responsible gold supply chains. She works with brands, manufacturers, and refiners to integrate ethical and traceable gold into their supply chain and engages the gold industry with responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. With a background in international affairs and economics, she has worked for various French NGOs to raise awareness in areas such as social inequalities, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship.

Christina Miller is founder and consultant at Christina T. Miller Consulting, providing education, guidance and strategy for small and medium-sized jewellery companies and connecting civil society organizations and jewellers to implement customised, responsible, and sustainable business practices. She co-founded Ethical Metalsmiths, launching the Radical Jewelry Jewelry Makeover and organised the first multi-jeweller Fairmined gold purchase.

In 2018 Christina was awarded the WJA Carelle Grant for her work helping jewellers make a difference. With the grant, she launched Better Without Mercury/Mejor Sin Mercurio.

Anna Barker is the Head of Commercial Partnerships at the Fairtrade Foundation, where she is responsible for the team working with major retail and consumer goods partners to deliver responsible sourcing solutions in business supply chains across a range of commodities. Prior to joining Fairtrade, Anna worked for Levin Sources, a consultancy dedicated to the responsible sourcing of minerals.


This is also an opportunity to find out more about the Fairmined and Fairtrade Gold certifications and what they mean for consumers, jewellers and for artisanal miners and their communities. There will be time for questions and answers.

The event is free to attend but please register in advance to join us.

If you care about where the metal you work with comes from and want to see more availability of responsibly sourced precious metal, please help us by taking part in our gold survey at
https://www.fairluxury.co.uk/featured/fair-luxury-jewellers-survey/

About Open House

The Fair Luxury Open Housse sessions are an opportunity to get together with the jewellery community, get inspired and find support on your fair jewellery journey.

Established designers, makers, new graduates and independent businesses – whatever stage of the ethical sourcing journey you’re at, you are very welcome.

Join Fair Luxury Open House on Zoom to learn and exchange on all things relating to ethical jewellery. By nurturing a sense of human connection and sharing information we can support each other and help to focus our individual intentions.

Take the Fair Luxury Pledge

Take the Fair Luxury Pledge

Jewellery is bought, displayed and passed on as a token of love, a reflection of our personalities or as means of communicating power and wealth. Though beautiful and sparkly on the surface, sadly jewellery is often tarnished by its journey into fruition, via supply chains that harbour social injustice and perpetuate environmental destruction.

We know that when jewellery is produced responsibly it can provide sustainable livelihoods for all involved – from the miners of raw materials right through the supply chain to the ultimate designer or retailer of the finished piece.

As individual designers, makers, traders and educators we’ve pledged to make changes and business decisions that are driven by more than just profit. In every aspect of our work we seek to ensure that we are achieving and maintaining a safe, sustainable and just industry for all. We dream of one day casting our minds back and feeling proud to place ourselves at the core of the revolution that transformed the jewellery trade for good.

We are each at a different stage in our journey towards responsible business, but we are all working on it. No matter how big or small, our collective actions will change the world. Will you join the movement?

Through the jewellery we create and the ways we run our businesses, those who make the Fair Luxury Pledge each promise to:

Conserve and restore the environment
Work in a way that is responsible, transparent and accountable
Play a role in educating and empowering others

Now, it’s your turn. Wondering how to take it from here? It’s simple:

  1. Write down your plan of action. Which tangible steps will you take this year? Big or small, your measures should aim towards reducing collective impact on the environment, supporting the people that you connect with and creating a more equitable world for all.
    You could start by vowing simply to ensure that all your office waste is recycled responsibly, or take the plunge and commit to only sourcing artisanal and small-scale gold from now on. For some tips and ideas check out our posts here or go to the Ethical Making Resource.
  2. Share your plan with us by clicking the “take the pledge” button and completing our Pledge form.
  3. We’ll send you a link to the Fair Luxury Pledge badge to share with your website visitors and social media followers.
    If you have time, why not create a page on your website dedicated to explaining your pledge?
  4. Encourage a jewellery friend to join the movement.
  5. Sign up to our mailing list and keep an eye out for email updates about our webinars and events!

With your permission we’d love to share details of your pledge on social media and, along with the wider Fair Luxury community, to support and encourage you on your journey.

Open House January 2021

Open House January 2021

For many, a new year is a clean slate; an opportunity to hatch plans and establish goals.

If you foresee 2021 as the year your business takes on a more sustainable form, you might wish to kickstart it with the Fair Luxury Pledge.

Our Pledge is a new framework designed to support you and your peers, helping you to set your intentions for a responsible business in 2021 and be accountable to your community. Pledge-themed Open House events will now run quarterly, starting this month.

Will you join the movement?

To find out how to make YOUR Pledge, “come along” to our January Open House event.

The (virtual) doors will open on Thursday 28th January at 10am (London time) / 11am (Paris time).
Open House is free to attend, but please register in advance to join us.

We know that when jewellery is produced responsibly it can provide sustainable livelihoods for all involved – from the miners of raw materials right through the supply chain to the ultimate designer or retailer of the finished piece.

As individual designers, makers, traders and educators we’ve pledged to make changes and business decisions that are driven by more than just profit. In every aspect of our work, we seek to ensure that we are achieving and maintaining a safe, sustainable and just industry for all.

We are each at a different stage in our journey towards responsible business, but we are all working on it. No matter how big or small, our collective actions will change the world.
 

Through the jewellery we create and the ways we run our businesses, those who make the Fair Luxury Pledge each promise to:

1. Conserve and restore the environment

2. Work in a way that is responsible, transparent and accountable

3. Play a role in educating and empowering others

This session will last for one 1 hour, details below:

– 15 min: Short introduction to the Fair Luxury Pledge by Anna Loucah, founder of Anna Loucah fine jewellery. Members of the Fair Luxury team will share their pledges to get participants thinking about what their own pledge might be.

– 30 min: We will go into break out rooms to enable small group conversations.
What might your pledge be? It might be something as simple as using only eco cleaning products to wash your workshop floor! Or something bigger like only using gems with a guarentee of provenance. Use the conversation to brainstorm ideas and encourage each other.

– 15 min: We will re-join the main group and each group will share some of their thoughts/ possible intentions for the pledge.

After the event you will be encouraged to fill in our Pledge form.

The aim of the Pledge is to enable you to set realistic goals for yourself and your business, breaking them down into manageable steps.

It’s not necessarily about completion, it’s more about being accountable aswell as acknowledging and celebrating progress!

We’ll follow up at the next Pledge Open House with a chance to reflect on our progress and any challenges encountered along the way. It will take place on April 29th at 10am GMT

To find out how to make YOUR Pledge come along to the Open House or sign up to our mailing list for further updates.

Impacts of COVID-19 on ASM

Impacts of COVID-19 on ASM

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant detrimental impacts on the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector worldwide. It has caused supply chain disruptions that have impacted large – and small-scale mineral sectors alike, and has resulted in a drop in both production and income for huge numbers of artisanal miners, many of whom do not have the capital to be resilient against such shocks.

Against this backdrop, and knowing the importance of reliable data for understanding the challenges that faced artisanal miners, Levin Sources participated in a study looking at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). As part of the World Bank-funded Delve Impact Reporting Initiative, we conducted interviews from May – July 2020 with both artisanal miners and key sector stakeholders in the DRC, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe. With a focus on gold and construction minerals, data was collected from miners every two weeks over a ten-week period, in order to understand how the impacts of the pandemic were changing for miners over time. Approximately thirty to forty mine site respondents were interviewed by telephone in each country, using a remote survey designed by Delve. Data was collected on a number of key topics, including health and safety (related to COVID-19), gender issues, physical security, food security, government support and engagement and how miner’s production, markets and supply chains were impacted by the pandemic and related restrictions.

Our key findings have been documented in a series of blogs, showcasing our results in each country, as well as a special edition on the gendered impacts of COVID – how the pandemic has impacted women artisanal miners in particular.

View the blogs created by Levin Sources staff and our in country associates.

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/asm-covid-19-government-response

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/impacts-covid-19-asm-mozambique

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/covid-19-impacts-artisanal-gold-mining-zimbabwe

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/covid-19-communaut%C3%A9s-mineurs-artisanaux-rdc

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/impacts-covid-19-women-asm

https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/covid-19-impacts-asm-uganda-policy-recommendations

Jane Barnett, December 2020

Ethical Making Resource

The Ethical Making Resource

The Ethical Making Resource  is the go-to website for pretty much everything you need to know about responsible and ethical practice, sustainability and sourcing in the world of jewellery and silversmithing. It is packed with information for anyone wanting to follow more ethical practices in their business – from sourcing materials and avoiding waste to greener workshop practice and more

The launch of the site was the culmination of a labour of love for the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, pioneers of ethical practice Ute Decker and Greg Valerio and fount of materials knowledge Dr Peter Oakley. As well as being a marvellous resource we like to think it also celebrates the spirit of collaboration and openness that makes this movement special.

For more about the Incorporation of Goldsmiths visit http://www.incorporationofgoldsmiths.org/

For the ethical making resource www.ethicalmaking.org

Building an Ethical Jewellery Industry

Our first guest author is Kassandra Lauren Gordon, jeweller, poet and activist.

The Fair Luxury website states: “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.”

I couldn’t agree more.

I have always seen myself as an ethical jeweller and have tried my best to live up to that in my jewellery practice by giving clients the option to buy ethical materials. I have used fair trade gold, recycled gold, recycled silver and buy the most ethical gemstones I can find as much as possible.

But ultimately I can’t offer ethically sourced materials that I can’t find or that are too expensive for my customers. And if these materials are going to be more than branding for me they have to be as ethically sourced as they are claimed to be or we can’t rely on the effects of using ethical suppliers to materialise. However, I have no realistic way of verifying the claims to ‘ethicalness’ that a supplier makes, so I must take it on trust.

It’s just not possible to be ‘ethical’ in the sense of what we want this word to mean without the industry, or at least part of it, also being as ethical as we want to be.

I think one of the best vehicles for spreading the impact of the use of ethical supplies is combining our buying power and signposting to others which suppliers we believe are providing the best quality and ethically reliable supplies. As our influence grows and consumer tastes become more ethical, more suppliers would have the incentive to also start selling ethical supplies.

I am very inspired by the changes we’ve seen in the food industry. It was not long ago that to be vegetarian almost meant to not be able to eat at all if you were out. Perhaps there would be one token vegetarian option on the menu. But the industry has responded very robustly to the change in consumer tastes. Now some vegetarian substitutes are indistinguishable from traditional recipes because of the work that has been done on recipes and ingredients. Today, diners of a variety of diets have real options.

If we can build a network or a directory of ethical product and service providers, this could be a very good step in the direction of us being able to be the ethical jewellers we want to be ourselves and then expanding that impact through the industry.

To truly be ethical jewellers we must see our values manifested in the work of others.

Kassandra Lauren Gordon
September 2020