Fairy Luxury teams up with the Royal College of Art for 2018 conference

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Ethically minded jewellery collective Fair Luxury has collaborated with the Royal College of Art (RCA) to present a one-day conference examining current issues surrounding the sourcing of materials and ethical practice in the industry.

Building on the success of the previous conferences at The Goldsmiths Centre in London in 2016 and the Birmingham Assay Office in 2017, this year’s programme aims to be accessible and informative for all levels within the industry, from students to corporates.

Taking place on July 11, 2018, the upcoming conference will present an opportunity for professionals working in or connected to the jewellery sector to hear about the latest developments in responsible sourcing from both industry and academic speakers. The day will also cover the prospects and practicalities for jewellers looking to develop more ethical sourcing practices.

The programme includes presentations from practicing jewellers, staff working in certification programmes, gem traders, consultants and researchers working on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).

The topics are as follows:

The Fairmined Certification Programme Yves Bertan and Kenneth Porter – Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Mining in Sri Lanka Stuart Pool – Nineteen48

Being a Licensee Jeweller: Ideals and practicalities Susi Smither – The Rock houn; Tim Ingle – Ingle & Rhode;  Naqiyah Sultan – Kashka;  Peter Crump – Vipa Designs.

“Make it happen” with Fairmined Gold Martin Taber – Ethical Metalsmiths

The Ethical Making Resource Mary Michel and Emily Macdonald – Incorporation of Goldsmiths

Diamond Supply Chains Gavin Hilson – University of Surrey

Closing discussion Estelle Levin-Nally – Levin Sources

The day will also provide an opportunity to network with fellow industry innovators, with a particular focus on encouraging jewellers to take the first steps towards more ethical practice.

Tickets cost £45.