The Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust has announced plans to launch the first ethical jewellery online resource to support the growing sustainable designer community.
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, a non-profit organisation which operates two charities – Silver of the Stars and the Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust, has identified a lack of organised information of ethical jewellery in the marketplace.
As a result, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths has come up with the idea to build an online ethical resource and forum.
At the start of 2017 the organisation started gathering practical information from jewellers, activists and researchers on work techniques, material sources and suppliers, and networking opportunities.
The aim is to bring together the fragmented information surrounding ethical making and present it in an easily understandable and accessible format.
This information will soon form the basis of an online living document and meeting place for makers to share information about techniques, suppliers and materials, challenges and tips.
The Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust hope that the community of ethical makers will help with this growth by continuing to share their experiences and challenges.
To kick-start the motion the Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust, in partnership with the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, held its first ethical jewellery symposium called ‘It’s in our Hands – The Future of Ethical Making’ in Scotland, supported by a workshop on sustainable jewellery practices.
The symposium looked at issues of ethics in the jewellery industry, how and why to adopt an ethical jewellery practice. The event had an incredible line-up of internationally renowned activists, jewellery makers and professionals in the luxury industry who offered a wide range of perspectives on the most important steps of setting up a sustainable fine jewellery business.
The line-up included Greg Valerio, Ute Decker, Karen Westland, Dr Peter Oakley, Vivien Johnston, Marian Brown and Mary Michel.
At the event many designers asked questions about how they can become ethical designers and who can support them on this journey. This further highlighted the need for a resource hub.
Keynote speaker, Greg Valerio, comments: “In the many years across multiple countries I have been addressing ethics in jewellery, Scotland has been the most receptive and fertile country of them all. Scotland has a real chance to become the world’s leading ethical designer maker nation. The ethical practices directory being created by Scottish Goldsmiths Trust will be a world first. So glad to have a been a part of what you are all doing.”