Make the #ProvenancePledge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1526566852539{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][rev_slider alias=”provenancepledge” order=”39,40,41,42″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]We’d love you to be part of our growing community of ethically minded jewellers. Join our campaign and make a pledge to find out more about where your jewellery and materials come from and be part of a changing jewellery industry.

We launched the #ProvenancePledge during Fashion Revolution Week 2018 to encourage people to make a commitment to responsible sourcing, seek transparency in the supply chain and learn the provenance of materials. You can take the #ProvenancePledge as a very first step or to mark a new commitment in your ethical journey.

Your particular pledge will be unique to you – but will show that you have made a promise to be part of the change.

It may be a decision to start using certified precious metal or to making a percentage of your work from certified gold; asking all your suppliers where their material comes from and what they know about working conditions of those who produced it; telling your customers what you know about the materials you work with – and these are just for starters.

Share your pledge on your channels to demonstrate your commitment to Fair Luxury using the hashtags #FairLuxury  #ProvenancePledge and tag us @fairluxuk so we can be sure to find you and share your good news!

We’re here to help – just get in touch. Sign up to our mailing list and join our social media community to be the first to know about our news and events. You can also find lots of practical information about ethical jewellery practice at the new ethical making resource http://www.ethicalmaking.org/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

It’s In Our Hands

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290663194{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”226″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1523276294906{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]It’s In Our Hands, the second Ethical Making Symposium in Edinburgh on 28th March 2018 was a ground-breaking day marking two massive achievements

The Ethical Making Resource  www.ethicalmaking.org

The Ethical Making Pledge

The Ethical Making Resource is the new 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.

The launch is the culmination of a labour of love for the team at 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.

As if this were not significant enough, the day was preceded with a press call to witness the signing of the Ethical Making Pledge by each of the Scottish Art Colleges running jewellery and silversmithing courses at HND level and higher.

The Ethical Making Pledge is an initiative created by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in collaboration with the Scottish art colleges with the purpose of embedding ethical making practices into higher education in Scotland. The colleges have committed to move towards the use of ethically sourced precious metals in their workshops; include ethical theory and practice in their curriculums and in workshop practices and to nominate student ambassadors to take part in ethical making information sessions organised and led by the Incorporation.

And all this before the symposium got underway!

From Greg Valerio’s passionate and inspiring keynote introduction to the closing words, the event was packed with useful information on ethical making from a broad range of speakers – including our own Jane Barnett – alongside real-life experience from makers at different stages of their journeys in responsible practice.

The day was a resounding success, clearly demonstrated by the lively and animated conversations during the open networking session that concluded the proceedings.

Massive congratulations and appreciation to Mary Michel at the Incorporation of Goldsmiths whose passion and drive has made all of this happen, along with Emily Macdonald and the team.

For more about the amazing work going on in Scotland go to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths site at
http://www.incorporationofgoldsmiths.org/

For the ethical making resource
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Fair Luxury Presents

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Fair Luxury Presents – September 2017″ font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1518551156795{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”78″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1519136490138{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Our first exhibition, Fair Luxury Presents at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, was a selling exhibition of jewellery celebrating responsible provenance as the third dimension of luxury, alongside design and craftsmanship. Marrying beauty and environmental awareness, we told the story of a piece of jewellery from the earth to the wearer – the materials, people and processes involved from source to beautifully crafted object.

Championing makers for whom traceability and sustainability are as important as craftsmanship and design, this exhibition was the first of its kind, a tangible expression of Fair Luxury.

Alongside the jewellery, photographs by renowned Magnum photographer Ian Berry captured the intricacies of worlds at different ends of the supply chain. He has recorded ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances from 1960 onwards and here his prestigious lens turns to Fairtrade gold. Ian’s creativity and aesthetic draws a sharp contrast, creating beautiful images of the harsh reality of the artisanal mining sector and finishing with photographs of UK jewellers at the bench – to raise the profile of the need for sustainable and responsibly sourced gold.

Thanks to the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Janice Hosegood, Joanna Hardy and the Fair Luxury Team we are proud we made this happen[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Flux-Mini at IJL 2017

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At IJL 2017, the major annual UK jewellery trade event (http://www.jewellerylondon.com), Fair Luxury presented the first ‘Flux-Mini’ – a soundbite from the acclaimed Flux Conferences and a great starting point for anyone begining to think about ethics and jewellery.  This condensed version of the conference gives delegates a topline insight into the issues facing the jewellery industry from mine to market in a future that’s dominated by ‘Aspirationals’ – a new breed of consumer that represents over 47% of the global population and who chooses to shop with brands that contribute positively to society.

The Flux-Mini programme at IJL:

‘Ethical choices in jewellery sourcing – what to consider and where to start’
Stuart Pool – Nineteen 48
Estelle Levin Nally – Levin Sources

​Brand authenticity and the ethical consumer – who she is and how to talk to her
Sarah Greenaway – Mosami / PersonaMe

Ethical jewellery in action – 4 pioneering jewellers sharing their experiences
Arabel Lebrusan
Amanda Li-Hope
Harriet Kelsall
Anna Loucah

Look out for similar ‘mini’ events in future with varying content, tailored to the audience and venue.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

FLUX 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”FLUX 2016 – Goldsmiths’ Centre
April 2016
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1519135857865{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”73″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1519136128479{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Tuesday 19th April saw the inaugural FLUX conference at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. A packed day of diverse keynote speakers and interactive workshop sessions began with Lina Villa, Executive Director of the Alliance for Responsible Mining in Columbia, responsible for the Fairmined initiative.

Lina shared her experiences of implementing change through increased standards in mining safety and the positive effect such essential work has had on the lives of the millions of artisanal miners across South America.

Next, Orsola de Castro – co founder of the global phenomenon that is ‘Fashion Revolution’. Conceived in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1,130 Bangladeshi garment factory workers lost their lives, Orsola shared her inspirational journey of just what is involved in flying the flag for sustainability amidst today’s seemingly insatiable desire for fast fashion.

Jack Cunningham, Group Sustainability Manager at Gemfields PLC rounded off the keynote speakers with a frank and honest discussion of the challenges faced in gemstone mining and marketing when acting as the model for ethical policy within an industry that has an inherently chequered history of environmental practice.

Woven between these fascinating topics were workshop sessions held by such industry specialists as campaigner, Greg Valerio MBE, responsible sourcing specialist Estelle Levin and CMJ Chief Executive, Willie Hamilton.

The day’s proceedings were brought to a buoyant close by Antiques Roadshow jewellery expert Joanna Hardy who shared a light hearted presentation on her recent experiences whilst searching for rubies in Myanmar.

This ticketed event sold out soon after launch proving the undoubted hunger for such debate within the jewellery supply chain.

‘The UK really is leading the way in ethical practice within our industry” commented key note speaker Lina Villa. ‘It is always inspiring to come here and see the enthusiasm you have to make real change.’

The overall sense of the day was one of hope and conviction. Delegates and speakers alike shared experiences and knowledge across a broad spectrum of topics – all united by the common belief that advancement is possible and by continuing to communicate and work together we can all play a part in effecting real change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]