Fair Luxury Presents, Goldsmiths’ Centre
Fair Luxury Presents
18th September – 27th October 2017
This first of-its-kind exhibition will demonstrate a new view of what it means to offer ‘fair luxury’ in a contemporary and evolving marketplace. It will explore how fine jewellery can be made all the more exquisite when provenance, ethics and responsible business practice work in synergy with design and craftsmanship. Fair Luxury Presents aims to reach a broad audience with interest in luxury jewellery, UK craftsmanship and ethical sourcing.
Building on the overwhelming success of two years of industry focused events, Fair Luxury now bring their independent and catalytic approach to responsible sourcing to a wider audience. Designed to engage jewellery lovers of all kinds, Fair Luxury Presents aims to marry beauty and luxury with environmental and ethical awareness in what is sure to be a bold declaration of the innovative and positive shifts in UK craftsmanship today.
Meticulously curated by a panel of UK jewellery experts, a stellar line-up of jewellery designer makers has been selected whose work reflects three criteria around sustainable futures: design, craftsmanship and ethical provenance. The exhibition champions established makers alongside upand-coming names and in doing so, casts a fresh light on what terms such as ‘ethical luxury’ can mean.
The selected jewellers participating in Fair Luxury Presents are:
Hannah Bedford Jewellery
Hannah Bedford hand-crafts contemporary fine jewellery using the ancient art of granulation. At Fair Luxury Presents, Bedford will display her first collection in Fairtrade gold, combined with ethically-sourced gemstones, which has been created especially for this event.
Julia Thompson Jewellery
Julia Thompson creates precious wearable art with narrative and ethics at heart using traditional tools and hand-fabrication techniques. She works with an amalgamation of 18k Fairtrade gold and recycled silver, while continuously striving to source everything she uses ethically.
Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery
Award-winning designer Harriet Kelsall is regularly acknowledged as a trailblazer in the field of responsible sourcing and sustainability, with the highest environmental and social standards paramount to her business. Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery works with Fairtrade and recycled metals and encourages its customers to do the same, believing that demonstrating the use of responsibly and sustainably sourced materials should be an industry standard.
Jon Dibben Designer Jewellery
Jon Dibben is a fine craftsman and one of the original Fairtrade and Fairmined gold licensees since its launch in 2001. His designs demonstrate great attention to detail and respect towards his materials.
Karen Westland strives to offer contemporary, quality designs with the highest ethical standards and continually looks for ways of improving. Her silverware is made with 100% recycled silver and gold, including cast elements from recycled silver offcuts accumulated from hand-fabricated pieces. She also works with Fairtrade gold. Honesty, transparency and respect are key to her practice.
Elisavet Messi’s journey as a jeweller has shaped her designs and her ethical stance. The more she discovered about artisanal small-scale mining, the more she sought to become thoughtful in her approach to sourcing. Alongside this, Messi discovered her aesthetic, which she describes as ‘essentialism’, seeking to reduce the making processes to just one step. This allows the wearer to value the material itself as much as the craft of making.
Ute Decker has created an innovative method of sculpting, bending and twisting gold and silver into expressive three-dimensional ‘geometric poetry’. She is a pioneer of the ethical jewellery movement and one of the first to work with Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. Ute is a leading advocate and practitioner of green practices in the workshop and is generous with her knowledge and experience in this field.
Fair Luxury team members exhibiting at the event are:
Arabel Lebrusan is an award-winning designer jeweller, working in Fairtrade gold and committed to design, craftsmanship and ethics. She strives for technical elegance and boundary pushing designs that are ethically produced.
Cox & Power
Cox & Power collections are crafted exclusively from Fairmined or Fairtrade precious metals in the belief that knowing that your gold was sourced and traded fairly, is the way forward.
Working almost exclusively in ethically sourced and Fairtrade materials, AnnaLoucah’s distinctive designs create a unique and positive relationship between wearer and source.
Mosami’s unique collection inspired by the global village is designed for the conscious consumer, giving assurance of responsible sourcing that respects people and planet.
Amanda Li Hope
One of the world’s first Fairtrade gold licensees, Amanda Li Hope works closelywith clients on bespoke commissions, as well as creating collections.
Nineteen48 offers fully-traceable, ethically-sourced gemstones, which come either from their own mines in Sri Lanka or those of an exclusive network of approved partners.
Rachel Sweeney of Fair Luxury commented:
“This exhibition will awaken the audience not only to the wonder of natural, precious materials, but also to what can happen when traceability and ethics are key. It is to be a celebration of achievement as well as an honest discussion on what is still to do to create a sustainable and ethical future for the industry - but above all, it is to be a unique perspective on the epic journey from the centre of the earth to the ring on your finger.”
All work will be available for sale or to commission.
The exhibition is free and will open to the public for one month.
Monday 18th September – Friday 27th October 2017
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD
9am to 6pm Monday to Friday