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ethical jewellery

suppliers, links & information including fairtrade gold


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fairtrade gold
fairmined gold >

 

suppliers of ethical metals
and traceable stones >

 

bench tips >

 

industry Initiatives / NGOs >

 

a philosophical approach
thinking about ethics
in the creative practice >

 

ethical jewellery in the media >

 

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jewellery by ute decker:

Yes, we do this fairtrade gold
Yes, we do this fairtrade silver
Yes, we do this fairtrade ecological gold
Yes, we do this 100% recycled gold
Yes, we do this 100% recycled silver
Yes, we do this bio-resin derived from sunflowers
Yes, we do this non-toxic studio chemicals
Yes, we do this recycled & recyclable packaging
Yes, we do this eco-friendly print materials
Yes, we do this carbon neutral web hosting
Yes, we do this 100% renewable energy supplier (in my office, and previous studio, unfortunately not (yet) offered at Cockpit Arts where I have my studio with about 100 other makers)

 

the previous  seminar was fully booked...
thus pioneer and the most knowledgeable person in all things ethical jewellery greg valerio and myself, ute decker will be running again our in-depth 4-hour


seminar

ethical jewellery practice


7 february 2015
city lit, london
11 - 4 pm, £ 32
for more information and to enrol, please visit  http://www.citylit.ac.uk

 

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ute decker - ethical jeweller based in london  crafting architectural & sculptural one-off and limited edition pieces in the finest sustainable materials. ethical luxury, sustainable luxury, architectural jewellery, ethical jewellery, eco jewellery, ethical jewelry, green jewellery, eco jewellery, fairtrade silver, recycled silver, recycled gold, tracable gemstones, tracable diamonds, ethical diamonds, blood diamonds, ethical gemstones

ute decker is a London-based studio-jeweller crafting one-off and limited edition statement pieces in the finest sustainable materials available.

cited by the uk crafts council as "a leading proponent of ethical jewellery" ute decker was one of the worldwide first fairtrade gold licence-holders and is regularly invited to write and speak on ethical jewellery.

"when i started as a studio-jeweller it was a major time-consuming challenge to find practical information on how to work in a sustainable manner.  so on my website i started sharing my research, suppliers and whatever useful information i have found on the way"

below you can find extensive information and links on ethical jewellery practices and suppliers.

for occassional updates on issues relating to ethical jewellery you can also subscribe to:

http://facebook.com/ utedecker

 

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blogs
& informative websites on ethical jewellery

 

The Red & Green Book

Ethical Jewellery Manual

Cred founder and fair trade gold activist Greg Valerio has been working with numerous organisations to create a special guide about fair trade metals and gemstones.

The aim of this material is to kick-start those who want to begin the exploration of what it means to be an ethical jeweller. With a basic introduction to the mining sector, these modules will explore the issues, the supply chains and recommend actions that jewellers can take to improve their ethical performance. The merits of Fairtrade / Fairmined / Recycled.

The Red & Green Book will cover Mining, Gold, Diamonds and Gemstones as well as a glossary on industry initiatives that are seeking to address the ethical and Fair Trade uplift of our industry.

 

1.INTRODUCTION_MODULE

2.MINING_MODULE

3.GOLD_MODULE

4.DIAMOND_MODULE

5.GEMSTONES_MODULE

6.GLOSSARY_MODULE

 

 

Ethical Jewellery Developments
(blog of Marc Choyt - USA)

Marc Choyt’s blog is equally a great source of informaiton on ehtical jewellery develpments

 

 

Metal Mining - just a few basics >
e.g. Metal mining accounts for up to 10% of world energy consumption, but employs only .09% of the global workforce.

 

Dirty Metals
Mining, Communities and the Environment >
Report by the No Dirty Gold NGO
The purpose of this report is to show you how much metal there is in your life from the gold in your jewelry to the aluminum in your automobile and to explain how it was produced. If you live in the United States, your annual consumption of newly-mined minerals (as opposed to those produced from recycling) comes to 21 metric tons*—just over 57 kilos a day. This report will show you what lies behind that stupendous lode of copper and tantalum, gold and platinum.We’ll explain how the mining of these and other metals damages landscapes, pollutes water, and poisons people.We’ll show you why modern, industrial mining is one of the world’s most destructive industries. And finally, we’ll show you what we as consumers and concerned citizens can do to clean it up.

 

Earthworks, NGO USA>

A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.

 

read Cafod report on gold >


 

Bario-Neal Research blog >
Bario-Neal started this blog after so much frustration in their own research, trying to access information from suppliers, processors, and other jewellers about their materials and methods. Bario-Neal hopes that their research will be useful to other designers and help to create a more transparent jewellery manufacturing industry.

 

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fairtrade gold, fairtrade silver
& fairmined gold


 

Fairtrade Gold
dedicated Fairtrade gold site of the Fairtrade Foundation, with information on

- using Fairtrade gold in your jewellery
- becoming a full Fairtrade gold licence holder
- programme for small jewellers >
- where to by Fairtrade gold jewellery - directory of Fairtrade gold jewellers

 

see also
http://www.facebook.com/fairtradegold

 

Fairmined Gold
The Association for Responsible Mining, ARM
who in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation have developed the standard for Fairtrade & Fairmined gold.
Fairtade and Fairmined have now separated but have similar standards and both offer gold & silver.

interesting collaboration with
Livia Firth Green Carpet Challenge >

 

 

suppliers
ethical metals, recycled gold, recycled silver
& ethical gemstones


 

Fairtrade gold & Fairmined gold suppliers
once you have registered with Fairtrade or Fairmined you will receive a list with licenced metal suppliers, casters, etc

eg:
Leading UK casting houses embrace Fairtrade gold >

And finally we have chain -
Fairtrade & Fairmined compliant chain from Patrick Schein based in Paris
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Fairtrade gold chain, Fairmined gold chain, ethical chain, ethical jewellery supplies, ethical jewellery findings, fairtrade findings, fairmined findings

Cred Sources, UK >
CRED Sources offers fair-trade & fairtrade gold , traceable diamonds, and traceable gems to the jewellery trade.

 

Capella Refinery for sheet, wire and grain in recycled silver in the UK

Capella is the UK's only refiner of 100% recycled silver offering custom made sheet and wire. Delivery time is usually one week.
Duncan Marshall -
dunk@capellaltd.co.uk

 

Bellore - Hatton Garden >

Since 2011 Bellore is the first stockist in Hatton Garden of 100% recycled silver.

39 Greville Street
London EC1N 8PJ
0207 404 3220

www.bellore.co.uk

Cooksons >

Offers recycled silver & gold which they call Eco gold & Eco silver.
personally i am not keen on the term eco silver - why not name it what it is: recycled silver & recycled gold. Still it is great Cookson is offering these products as well as Fairtrade gold.

 

Hoover & Strong - USA >
This USA company offers, 100% recycled precious metals in their Harmony range including gold, platinum, palladium, sterling silver, fine silver and copper, conflict-free diamonds and fair trade gemstones, with over 30,000 eco-friendly products to choose from, including findings and chain.

eco-friendly precious metals refiner and manufacturer hoover & strong received its certification from independent auditer and sustainability expert scientific certification systems (scs) for its harmony metals products – a sign that 100 percent of the products in the range use metals from recycled sources. hoover & strong was the first manufacturer in the jewellery industry to win scs certification back in august 2009.

 

Stuller - USA >
100% recycled metals – double check, though on each item for the "refined karats" symbol.

 

A&E Metal Merchants - Australia >
A&E Metal Merchants in Australia – double check, though for each item.

Schiefer & Co - Germany >
Refinery based in Germany offering 'gold with identity'.

 

 


Traceable Gemstones & Diamonds

Gemstones are even more problematic than diamonds.  An estimated 75% of coloured gems come from suspect sources, involving either poor working conditions or worse being the major source of funding for civil wars in West Africa, including Congo.  There are currently a few reputable  suppliers  who strive to closely track stones  from mine to market aiming to support  environmental protection, fair labour practices and a tight chain of custody to ensure  legality, traceability and transparency in the supply chain.

 

www.credsources.com

www.fairtrade-gemstone.com - offering Columbia Gemhouse stones in the UK -

www.columbiagemhouse.com

www.wmfinegems.com

Open Source Minerals

Kamoka Pearls

Natures Geometry

Open Source Minerals

Ruby Fair

 

 

 

Bio Resin >
Canonbury Arts shop in London sells Bio resin and Jesomite used by various jewellers as a safer alternative to toxic resins.

 

 

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Germany

Suppliers of eco-fair precious metals and gemstones

Lieferanten öko-faire Edelmetalle, öko-faires Gold, öko-faire Edelsteine, öko-faire Diamanten

Fair Trade in Gems and Jewelry
Dipl.- Geol. Thomas Siepelmeyer
Westfalenstr. 180
D – 48165 Münster – Hiltrup
Tel.: +49 2501 964803
Fax: bitte tel. anfragen
mobil: +49 170 8987914
Email: epupa@web.de

www.faire-edelsteine.de


The Jeweltree Foundation
Glacisweg 75
6212 BN Maastricht
The Netherlands
0031 (0)412 784.033
info@jeweltreefoundation.org

www.jeweltreefoundation.org


Fa. BrazilGems
88662 Überlingen
Tel: 07551-838587
info@brazilgems.de

www.brazilgems.de


Honduras Opal
Geo-Expert,
Michael Vogt
Chromstraße 5,
30916 Isernhagen H.B.
Telefon: 05 11 – 8 97 98 96
Fax:      05 11 – 8 97 98 97
m.vogt@geo-expert.de

www.geo-expert.de


Edelsteinschleiferei & Mineralienhandel
Peter Lind Edelstein- Mainzerstraße 24
55743 Idar- Oberstein
Tel 06781 5622471
Fax 06781 23932
Plind@t-online.de
Sulind@t-online.de

www.edelstein-schleiferei.de


One world Minerals  – Bernd Graf
In der Röde 24
64367 Mühltal
Fon: 06151 – 7879849
Fax: 06151 – 7879847
E-Mail: hallo@oneworldminerals.de

www.oneworldminerals.de

Laurins Garten
Roßgumpenstr. 10
72336 Balingen
Tel: 07435-919930
hallo@laurinsgarten.de

www.laurinsgarten.de

 

 

 

List of ethical jewellers in Germany

Öko-faire Goldschmiede in Deutschland, öko-fairer Schmuck, öko-faire Trauringe

 http://www.faire-edelsteine.de/20.0.html

http://fairerhandel-aktuell.de/2011/11/09/bezugsquellen-fur-schmuck-aus-fair-trade-gold-und-edelsteinen/

 
 

 

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green bench tips

 

first steps to green your jewellery >
Fact sheet by Ute Decker with information on eco-friendly printers, renewable energy supplier, suppliers of stones, metals and recycled packaging and more.

 

eco-friendly pickle fact sheet >
Fact sheet by Ute Decker with information on suppliers, preparation, application and disposal.

Chemicals used in jewellery making can be extremely toxic and a hassle to dispose of
safely. One of the simplest things you can do to lessen the negative health and environmental impact is to reduce chemical use in the workshop and choose less toxic
alternatives for those that can't be avoided.


The most commonly used studio chemical is pickle and many jewellers have already made the change back to traditional pickles such as citric acid or a vinegar and salt solution as non-toxic alternatives with excellent results.

published in the Goldsmith Magazine, April 2010

 
Saver Alternatives >
Jeffrey Herman has published Safer Alternatives including sustainable products / less-toxic chemicals to use in the jewellery workshop on the  Society of American Silversmiths website.
 
Chemical Responsibility - Disposal solutions for the studio >
Article in the Jewelry Artist Magazine covers a saver alternative for pickle and patinas.
 
12 Greener Chemicals for Your Studio >
published in the Art Jewelry Magazine


Green Jewelry Newsletter
Christine Dhein is the founder "Green Jewelry News," a monthly electronic newsletter, with “green” news and events along with eco-friendly studio practices and tips.

To subscribe, send an email to
christinedhein@yahoo.com with “Green Jewelry News Subscribe” in the subject.


Highlights from Art Jewelry's Green issue >
Various articles including in-depth info and tips on making your jewelry and studio more eco-friendly.

 

 
 

 

the links below are quite old now but still
give a good introduction,
for up to date media reports - join me at
http://facebook.com/ utedecker

 

ethical jewellery
in the media

 

National Geographic - The Real Price of Gold >

 

Goldsmith Magazine - ethical jewellery at IJL

The Goldsmith magazine has kindly invited Ute Decker to report on two of the great debates on ethical jewellery at ijl, published in the oct 2010 issue.


Goldsmith Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read report >

 

 

Goldsmith Magazine
Sustainable Jewellery
nov 2009


The Goldsmith Magazine has kindly invited Ute Decker to write an editorial on ethical jewellery with an overview on the current debate and developments, a personal look at striving to work ethically as a studio jeweller followed by ten suggestions for future projects.

read editorial >

 

BBC
File on Four

With record gold prices stimulating demand, Jenny Cuffe reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo on the scale of illegal mining and asks if the industry does enough to ensure that gold supplies aren't being used to fund conflict.

listen to programme >

 

CBS 60 Minutes
Congo's Gold

Five million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a war fueled primarily from gold mined in the country by warlords and smuggled out to be sold on the open market. Scott Pelley reports.

view programme >

read some interesting comments on this programme from fairjewelry.org >

 
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