Trends & The New Digital Normal in a Post-COVID World

Trends & The New Digital Normal in a Post-COVID World

Our March Open House: An energising and inspiring panel discussion on design and consumer trends in 2021 and beyond.

Thursday 11 March 15:00-16:30 (GMT) online

2020 was a year like no other and has understandably left many of us feeling uncertain about what lies ahead for the jewellery industry. With this month’s Open House we hope to shed some light on what we might expect from an inexorably changed marketplace and analyse how to effectively communicate your brand’s message in a virtual world.

In what promises to be an informative session with lots of practical advice, we call on industry experts to share their visions of the ‘new normal’ and the changes that will come to define a post-pandemic world.

Fair Luxury is delighted to invite you to this dynamic session of both expert opinion and Q&A.

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


Belinda Morris: Industry journalist and editor of The Jeweller magazine for the National Association of Jewellers, on the importance of the written word in connecting with e-commerce savvy clients.

Maia Adams: Jewellery expert and co-founder of global trend forecasting company ‘Adorn Insight’, on what we might expect in terms of ‘consumer priority’ for the year ahead.

Kate Baxter: Founder and Creative Director of The Cut London, a bespoke engagement ring concierge and curated online showcase, on how to create a luxury experience via on-line consultation.

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.

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.

Jane Barnett, December 2020