Ethically minded jewellery collective Fair Luxury has unveiled the details of its annual conference.

Taking place in Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) on April 3, the 2019 conference ‘Making Impact’ will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At this year’s event, Fair Luxury will be exploring how the UN Sustainable Development Goals relate to jewellery and metalwork practice in the UK. From innovative product packaging to sourcing materials from unexpected places, Fair Luxury wants attendees to start thinking outside the box for how they can do more with less.


As more and more businesses use the SDGs to help them prioritise and communicate areas for social, environmental and economic impact, Fair Luxury wants to bring the message and utility of the SDGs ‘down to earth’ for its attendees. The aim is for everyone to leave with a general understanding of the goals and the motivation to apply them in their own work.

Speakers for 2019 include:

  • Keynote speaker – Emily Auckland from the UK Stake Holders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), a cross sector network of organisations who work together to drive action on the UN sustainable development goals in the UK.
  • Simon Forrester – National Association of Jewellers Better Business Pathway
  • Stuart Pool will talk about the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and PACT Tanzania Project, helping artisanal women miners in Tanzania build better livelihoods.
  • Dr Sandra Wilson – Urban Gold Rush: Recovering precious metals from electronic waste.
  • Hannah Bedford and Stephanie Cheong – Ethical Jewellery Practice.

The conference will also includes updates from The Incorporation of Goldsmiths about the Ethical Making Programme and news from other industry bodies and jewellers about their ethical making journey.

Making Impact is for all jewellers and silversmiths looking to make a positive impact through their practice.

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