Sustainable, eco, green, ethical - words that buzz around us now in our everyday lives. We all know about reusing plastic supermarket bags and buying the coffee with the fairtrade symbol, but how are we meant to apply these principles to our own businesses and workshops?
With Channel 4 set to broadcast an exposé on the British jewellery industry tonight, maybe now is the time to explore the possibilities currently available to jewellers.


Greg Valerio and Ute Decker, two of the leading lights campaigning for awareness in this area are hosting a workshop on ethical jewellery practices on Thursday 7th July:

Learn the latest developments approaches and sourcing options for materials including Fairtrade gold. Best practice advice for your studio.

Two leading practitioners of ethical jewellery;  Greg Valerio (winner of the Observer Ethical Awards for his efforts to make Fairtrade gold a reality) and Ute Decker (“one of Britain’s most inspirational designers”) will share their expertise followed by a Question and Answer session to discuss particular interests participants may have.

Course outline

Which topics will be covered?

The course will explain the ethical issues in jewellery making and the significance of the newly available Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. You will learn about different approaches to ethical jewellery making as well as ethical sourcing options for metals including Fairtrade gold, bioresin, coloured gemstones and diamonds. You will learn about alternative environmentally-friendly studio practices and chemicals.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

-   Understand the ethical issues in jewellery making
-   Know where to source ethical metals and gemstones
-   Know about casters, recycled chain and findings suppliers
-   Know how you can become a Fairtrade gold licence holder
-   Know how and where to source environmental friendly printing and packaging
-   Use alternative studio practices and chemicals which are not damaging to the environment or to your own health.

The course is aimed at jewellers at all levels. Beginners as well as experienced professional jewellers will benefit from this course.

Date:    Thursday, 7th July 2011

Time:    11 – 4 pm

Cost:    Full fee: £60,  Senior fee: £32, Concession:£44



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