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Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Artist Blacksmith Commission, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum wish to appoint an artist to produce a series of interpretive sculptures to complement the tour interpretation. The overall atmospheric feel we aim to create for the visitor is one of a mine which has closed and is inhabited with hints of the former workers. Therefore, much of the interpretation will use clever lighting and soundscapes to give the impression of mine workers. To complement these we want a few set pieces which will be photo opportunities for the visitor. Most of these sculptures do not want to be

A Mining Statue - Doncaster

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council seeks to commission an experienced artist to design and implement a high quality figurative statue, cast in bronze. We are looking to establish a work of local, regional and national significance, of the highest artistic standards and quality, in the heart of the Town Centre to commemorate and celebrate Doncaster’s mining heritage. Aims and Objectives This project seeks to achieve the following objectives: The work must be both in keeping with the requirements of an ambitious and forward looking town, and a fitting tribute to Doncaster’s rich industrial heritage. Significant engagement and consultation with mining communities

Mercury Free Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining Work to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release of 5,440 kg of toxic mercury every day by more than 15 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) around the world.  “We’re delighted that this GIA grant supports the discovery and implementation of efficient gold ore concentration methods that may help free millions

GSFA 2016 | April Doubleday | Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia

April Doubleday is an Ethical deigner/maker of Contemporary Jewellery, living on the North Coast of Devon. She uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. Her Jewellery is bold and energetic using line, form and colour where every piece is given its own sense of creation and individuality of its own.  April's vision of her company is to strive for complete transparency throughout her business. This transparency spreads from her sourcing of precious metal suppliers and gemstones to the design process with clients. April is committed to ensuring she uses suppliers that have social and

Bounty of riches for Lucara Diamonds at Karowe

Lucara Diamond's stock rises ever higher after they rolled out yet another massive diamond from their treasure trove Karowe mine in Botswana, on the northern fringe of the Kalahari Desert.  This one, a 472 carat light brown stone, is reckoned to be the third largest ever recovered at the state-of-the-art mine, which was only comissioned in 2012 and has quickly become one of the biggest producers of diamonds in the world. The Vancouver-based mining company acquired the Karowe Diamond Mine from De Beers in 2009  when after 40 years of mining small and low grade diamonds at the site, the

De Beers nail colours to the synthetic diamond mast with Lightbox launch

Man-made diamonds might not be forever but they are for long enough to persuade De Beers to part with millions and millions to capitalise on the growing demand worldwide for cheaper, traceable stones. De Beers have in fact been producing lab-grown diamonds for years but only industrialists will have been familiar with their products, since they have been used only in equipment for mining and drilling and making semiconductors.  Using them for jewellery was a step too far, they maintained, and they were vocal in their reluctance to go down the synthetic path. Until now that is. This week, they

News Edit: 1 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Precious jewellery demand set for continuing recovery, Platinum Guild says Mining Weekly: Following a challenging year for luxury goods marketers in 2020, the latest consumer survey commissioned by worldwide marketing organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) during the first quarter of 2021 has determined positive sentiment for the jewellery industry, with a strong indication of robust demand for precious jewellery in three of platinum’s major markets during the coming 12 months. www.miningweekly.com Cartographer discovers Sweden's 'most spectacular' trove of Bronze Age jewellery on forest floor ABC: A Swedish orienteering

Opals given the spotlight at IJL by Prism Design

Prism Design has announced the launch of a range of exciting new boulder opal designs for Milburn & Ley. The boulder opals were mined by the company’s partners, Barbara and Edi of  The Opal Cutter , Barbara has been mining since 1984 in Coober Pedy and more recently Koroit. The close partnership means that Prism knows exactly where the opals have been sourced and that they have been responsibly mined. The company admits that it is really excited to show its one-of-a kind designs set in gold and its comprehensive collection of loose boulder opals on offer. Milburn & Ley,

Polar Bears and Melting Ice – Jewellery of Climate Change and Conservation

Elements, Scotland’s festival showcase for the finest gold, silver and jewellery will include collections that combine beauty and exquisite craftsmanship with ethical and environmental issues. The event, which is organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh in partnership with fine art auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull and runs from 8 to 10 November, will feature more than 50 high quality designers and makers from across the UK. Among them is Burntisland-based Sally Grant, whose pieces will include one featuring a garnet that is among the first stones brought to market by Moyo Gemstones, a women’s mining collective in Tanzania. Sally,

Sarah Straussberg creates 4th Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ Trophy

For the fourth consecutive year, London-based sculptor turned jewellery designer Sarah Straussberg has created the trophy for winner of the Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ award. Her commission was landed after the 2018 trophy went to Edward Burtynsky whose work focuses on the damage man has caused the earth through industry and mining. The Canadian photographer uses cutting edge technology to create large scale photographs - often two metres wide - depicting areas of human intervention such as his aerial picture of the open pit copper mine at Logan Lake, British Columbia. As she has done previously, Straussberg immersed herself

Redefining Luxury: Saatchi Gallery Showcases Karen Westland's Fairmined 'Transmissive Vessel'

In another victory for the battle for responsible design, Karen Westland's Fairmined Silver Vessel was exhibited as part of Collect 2019, at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This marks the first time a luxury item of silverware, with such high ethical standards, had been showcased at the international art fair for modern craft and design. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold and silver from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. A Fairmined licensee since 2017, Westland worked closely with suppliers to design a silver item which best utilised the Fairmined

Gemfields Launch New Website

Gemfields, a world leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, specialising in emeralds and amethysts from Zambia and rubies from Mozambique launches its brand new website dedicated to showcasing all aspects of the company.  The site offers users key insight into Gemfields’ approach to sustainable and responsible mining at each of the Gemfields’ owned mines, its invaluable education programmes, information on gemstones themselves and ongoing collaborations with renowned jewellery houses and designers.  The new site, designed by the bespoke web design specialists, Chaptr, is the result of over 10 months of research, development and testing, with an impactful and luxurious

New Technologies make for a growth industry and an emerging one

The advent of electronic mining - the process of extracting gold, silver, copper from discarded electronic objects to make jewellery - is now a growing industry. The 26 year old London based jewellery designer Eliza Walter, Founder of Lylie, is the only jeweller in the UK sourcing all the materials for her designs from ‘urban mining’. Eliza Walter has been awarded a hallmark by the Birmingham Assay Office for her efforts.  Other new technologies in mainstream use include 3D printing in jewellery schools and jewellery manufacturing companies like Weston Beamor (3D printing for jewellery has seen a 450% growth year

Diamond giant Alrosa launch 2018 World Cup collection

Alrosa, one of the world's largest mining companies, has launched a collection of 32 high quality diamonds as part of its sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Russian-mined  0.3 carat diamonds are named after each of the participating nations and can be personalised with an engraving associated with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ or an individual. Sales of world cup favourites Brazil and Spain are expected to be in big demand with England not far behind. A special-design official certificate confirming characteristics of each diamond will be issued with each purchase.  "Russia produces one-third of all

Fair Luxury Conference 2018 at the RCA

Fair Luxury Conference 2018 at the RCA Fair Luxury at the RCA will be an opportunity for anyone working in or connected to the jewellery industry to hear about and discuss the opportunities and issues around ethical sourcing. The day will include presentations from practicing jewellers, staff working in certification programmes, gem traders, consultants and researchers working on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). Confirmed participants now include: Susi Smither ( The Rock Hound ) Tim Ingle ( Ingle & Rhode - The Ethical Jeweller ) Naqiyah Sultan ( Kashka Jewellery ) Gavin Hilson ( University of Surrey ) Yves Bertran (

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair A collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool of Nineteen48, Kathy Chappell of Fair Trade Gemstones and Ian Bone of Capricorn Gems- Queensland, Australia has led to an inaugural one-day fair for the UK market. This unique fair will see gemstones available that offer full provenance and ethical sourcing. Jewellery designers will be able to view and purchase, with the complete assurance of responsible mining and production. Details on the location of each gemstone will be available to every customer. The gemstones available will include a wide range of

Spectacular £30 million diamond found at Letsing

One massive diamond, worth more than £30 million, has been recovered by British mining company Gem Diamonds at their Letsing Mine in Lesotho, South Africa. Yet to be given a name, the 910 carat colourless diamond is roughly the size of a cricket ball and is the largest ever found at Letsing. It is also the fifth largest to be extracted in history and its discovery sent shares in Gem Diamonds soaring following a difficult couple of years where the world famous mine has struggled for major finds and wrestled with a fall in prices. Some of the most significant

Gübelin Gem Lab Announces Emerald Paternity Test

The Gübelin Gem Lab, one of the world’s leaders in the analysis of precious gemstones is has announced the launch of their Emerald Paternity Test; a new traceability technology creating independent proof of provenance for emeralds This new technology uses customised DNA-based nanoparticles enabling traceability of emeralds back to the exact place of mining. The Emerald Paternity Test is a true game-changer for the coloured gemstone industry. It is the first of a series of technologies and services developed by Gübelin Gem Lab dedicated to bringing more transparency into the gemstone industry, united under the Provenance Proof label. This breakthrough technology

VIPA Designs Offers Europe's First Fairmined Eco Precious Metal

Vipa Designs Ltd, leaders in ‘Design to Delivery’ for the jewellery trade, has become the first-ever European jewellery manufacturer to offer Fairmined Eco gold.  Receiving its first consignment of the metal this month, Vipa Designs provides retailers and designers with the possibility to have bespoke designs and collections cast in this most precious of ethical metals, produced without the use of cyanide and mercury typical to the gold mining process.  Offering gold mined at the small-scale artisanal Xamodx Ngo mine in Mongolia, Vipa Designs is answering the needs of ever-more ethically conscious consumers shopping for fine and bridal jewellery. Fairmined

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance Achieves First African Fairtrade Certified Mine Status

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria. SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa. In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe

Arabel Lebrusan Launches First Fairmined Gold Collection

As part of her commitment to beautiful, ethical jewellery, and having recently become a Fairmined licensee, Arabel Lebrusan is launching an exclusive new collection made from Fairmined Ecological Gold. Fairmined Ecological Gold (Eco Gold) is gold that has not only been mined under the strict rules of the Fairmined Certification with regard to social development, fair treatment and equitable payment. It goes one-step further in not using mercury or cyanide to extract the gold; tighter management of environmental risks; no mining in protected areas and a programme dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of mined out areas. It thus ensures

News Edit: 29th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Career Q&A: Sustainable British-Lebanese jewellery designer, Alexandra Hakim Fashion United: Known for her innovative craftsmanship and dedication to sustainability, British-Lebanese jewellery designer Alexandra Hakim's creations have been featured in Vogue Italia and worn by Rihanna. Recently, FashionUnited interviewed Hakim via email on what inspired her to work with metal and her label’s zero-waste approach. https://fashionunited.uk Jewellery brands urged to do more to fight gold, diamond mining abuses Reuters: As jewellery sales get a pre-Christmas boost, consumers were warned on Tuesday that major brands are still not doing enough

Gemfields Recognised With The Chopard GCC Award

Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Creative Director of Swiss luxury jewellery and watch company Chopard, launched The Chopard Green Carpet Collection Award in Cannes last week. Mining organisations that have played a key role in  Chopard’s  Green Carpet Collections were present at the events. Livia and Colin Firth, together with Caroline  Scheufele , took this opportunity to honour  Chopard’s  strategic suppliers who all share the same social and environmental values, awarding them the  Chopard  GCC Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice.  The awardees were: Gemfields ,  Kagem  mine , Zambia Lucara ,  Karowe  mine , Botswana Aurora Gems Pty