Calling all jewellers, retailers and manufacturers – Fair Luxury needs your help!
One of our aims is to encourage and support jewellers to work with responsibly sourced materials, but we are well aware that this brings challenges, especially with gold availability and selection.
To facilitate, we have developed a Jewellers’ Survey to open up a discussion between jewellers and suppliers. It aims to gather information on the current and potential demand for responsibly sourced and traded gold (bullion, findings and chain). The survey also looks to see if our community (that’s you!) can come together to purchase ‘minimum order’ quantities required by dealers and suppliers, which are often beyond the reach of small independent makers.
With a little preparation, the survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. To create a realistic picture, we kindly ask that you look at your current gold consumption (type and volume). For this you will need:
An idea of your annual gold use in grams (e.g., average over the past 2-3 years)
An idea of the percentage of gold you use by carat, colour and source (recycled/FT/FM/SMO/uncertified).
If that looks a bit daunting, here is an example to help figure it out: Think of how many rings/earrings/etc you make in a year and their approximate weight. Then multiply by rough quantity – easy!
It is not an audit – approximate figures are fine!
We appreciate it is a little work, but this information will help create a strong picture of demand to present to the manufacturers. All data will be collated and anonymised.
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:
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.
Share your plan with us by clicking the “take the pledge” button and completing our Pledge form.
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?
Encourage a jewellery friend to join the movement.
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