Fairtrade gold miner Josephine Aguti went to the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter as part of a UK tour to meet business supporting gold miners and their families in East Africa. Aguti was joined by Fairtrade Africa’s gold project manager Gonzaga Mungai from Kenya, and Jon Walker from the UK’s Fairtrade Foundation. Together, they visited Hockley Mint and Johnsons Jewellers, discovering how Fairtrade gold is crafted into fine jewellery and sold in the UK and sharing their inspiring stories.

Fair Luxury, an industry organisation which exists to inspire ethical sourcing, will open an exhibition of fairly made jewellery and silver objects in Edinburgh this month.

Taking place October 19-21 at Lyon & Turnbull on Broughton Place, the exhibition titled ‘Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future’, invites people to question the stories behind each piece, and address ways jewellery can be ethically made.

The exhibitions aims to cast a fresh light on what terms such as ‘ethical luxury’ can mean, and introduce the audience to the journey of a piece of jewellery from the earth to the shop window.


The week-long show will highlight the materials, people, and processes involved in creating jewellery and silver objects.

The show will form part of the Elements Festival – an annual jewellery event in Edinburgh hosted by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths.

The work on show will cover a range of approaches to fairly made jewellery, such as the provenance of the metal and the stones; the conditions in which makers and miners work; or the environmental and social impact of creating the finished piece. All pieces are ethical sourced and created using excellent craftsmanship.

Curated by experts in the jewellery field, this tangible expression of Fair Luxury champions established makers alongside up-and-coming names who are redefining luxury: demonstrating the use of responsibly sourced materials and sustainability at the core of their practice and ethos, along with the highest standards of skilled craftsmanship and design.