Fair Luxury at RCA
11 July 2018 | 9.30am 5.30pm
£35 – £45
The RCA Jewellery & Metal Programme is pleased to welcome Fair Luxury, an independent group of changemakers in the jewellery world working towards greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability.
This year’s Fair Luxury conference will focus exclusively on ethical sourcing for the jewellery industry. Speakers include Alliance for Responsible Mining representatives from Columbia and France, the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh and the CEO of the international consultancy Levin Sources. They will be joined by professional jewellers and gem traders from the Fair Luxury group and academic experts on artisanal and small-scale mining in the developing world.
Dr Peter Oakley, who is helping convene the conference, commented: 'Over the past decade, the UK has been one of the leaders in advocating ethical sourcing in the jewellery trade. We owe a great deal to the committed campaigners who have helped get us so far. Fair Luxury at the RCA will be an opportunity to celebrate those achievements, whilst acknowledging the challenges that still lie ahead and opportunities for a more ethical and sustainable future. As an innovative and socially engaged institution, the RCA is the ideal host for such an event'.
Presentations during the day will cover the extraction, sourcing and use of precious metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones. Attendees will also hear about ethical certification schemes and the recently launched online Ethical Making Resource.
This even has been organised by the School of Arts & Humanities. Please contact them here for more information.
Speakers will include:
- Yves Bertan and Kenneth Porter, (Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)) – The Fairmined Certification Programme
- Stuart Pool (Nineteen 48 Gemstone) – Mining in Sri Lanka
- Susi Smither (The Rock Hound), Tim Ingle (Ingle & Rhode), Naqiyah Sultan (Kashka), Peter Crump (Vipa Designs) – Being a Licensee Jeweller: Ideals and Practicalities
- Martin Taber (Ethical Metalsmiths) – 'Make it Happen' with Fairmined Gold
- Mary Michel and Emily Macdonald (Incorporation of Goldsmiths) – The Ethical Making Resource
- Gavin Hilson (University of Surrey) – Diamond Supply Chains
- Estelle Levin-Nally (Levin Sources) – Wrap-up discussion