A fund for British black jewellers is set to open for applications tomorrow morning at 10am.
The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund will aim to provide financial support to black jewellers and those in the allied trades facing hardship.
Grants will be administered by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity on behalf of the Fund.
The grants will consist of £1,000 and will be made available to 20 black jewellers and those working in the allied trades.
A panel of judges, made up of industry experts, will decide who the grants will be awarded to.
The judges are Satta Matturi, Melanie Eddy, Alex Monroe, Roxanne Rajcoomar-Hadden and Victoria McKay.
Black jeweller Kassandra Lauren Gordon set up the fund after noticing a lack of financial support specifically for the black jewellery community.
Based in East London, Gordon is an ethical jeweller, goldsmith and jewellery content creator.
She independently set up a Go Fund Me page in June and successfully raised £19,483, exceeding her £14,000 target. It saw 328 individuals, businesses and trade organisations give donations ranging from £5 to £5,000.
Black people in the jewellery community who are self-employed, sole traders, or running micro-businesses employing four people or fewer (including the applicant), can apply for a grant by completing an online application form.
The application window for the Fund will close once it has reached capacity.
Kassandra Lauren Gordon said: “The fund is a no-strings attached grant to provide financial support to help black jewellers in their craft and business – be that making new work, buying equipment or materials, research, visiting exhibitions and conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses.
“I hope, in a small way, that this grant will help enable recipients to continue their jewellery practice when the odds are often stacked against them.”
She added: “I am very happy to collaborate with the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity team on this initiative and I’m looking forward to seeing who applies and making much-needed changes to the jewellery industry.”
Read more below about Gordon’s recent open letter to the jewellery industry expressing her disappointment about its lack of response to the Black Lives Matter movement: