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ute decker - sculptural jewellery in ethical silver and bio-resin, minimalist sculptural cuff

jewellery by ute decker:

Yes, we do this fairtrade ecological 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

ute decker is a London-based studio-jeweller working in fairtrade gold, recycled silver and bio-resin.

she is regularly invited to write and speak on ethical jewellery.

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

some of the articles listed are quite old by now

for newer and more regular information on issues relating to conflict minerals and ethical jewellery -

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ethical jewellery in the media >

fairtrade gold
in-depth information >

suppliers of ethical metals
and traceable stones >

bench tips >

industry Initiatives / NGOs >



ethical jewellery
in the media


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










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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 >

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 >


National Geographic
The Real Price of Gold >


fairtrade gold
in-depth background information

Gold: Every piece tells a story 

What's more valuable than gold? Meet some of the miners and communities behind the first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. 
video clips on the Fairtrade Foundation website

Fairtrade hallmark sets the gold standard

Gold mining goes hand in hand with war, environmental degradation and poor health. As the world's first hallmark for Fairtrade gold is launched in the UK, Kate Carter reports on a industry that is crying out for an ethical overhaul

Kate Carter, guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 February 2011
Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold
dedicated Fairtrade gold micro-site of the Fairtrade Foundation
offers facts and figures

Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold
official website of the Association for Responsible Mining, ARM
who in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation have developed the standard for Fairtrade gold

offers facts and figures including press releases

Greg Valerio podcast:
Great Debate: Making Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold a Reality

podcast of ILJ seminar, September 2010


Fairtrade Gold
power point presentation >

highly informative presentation, contains many facts & figures, including volume, pricing, projections and much more.


How to become a Fairtrade gold licence holder as a jeweller >

Jewellers interested in working  with Fairtrade gold can visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/gold/businesses/register-your-interest.html to find out more.


List of Jewellers offering jewellery in Fairtrade gold / fairtrade jewellers
Where to buy Fairtrade gold jewellery, where to buy ethical jewellery in the UK



Global minerals, arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict
UN report >


Senate Finance Reform Bill
Heralds A Brighter, More Ethical Future For The Jewelry Industry


Fairtrade and Fairmined gold standards launched >
17 March 2010

Fairtrade Labeling Organisations International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) launches the first ever third party independent certification for gold, opening up market opportunities for millions of impoverished artisanal small-scale miners and their families.

The new Fairtrade and Fairmined gold standards will mean that interested licensees can apply for certification of gold products such as jewellery, commemorative coins, ingots, medals, trophies and religious artefacts.


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.


Ethical Jewellery Developments
(blog of Marc Choyt - USA)

Marc Choyt’s website comments on current developments and lists  trade suppliers and resources including diamonds, fair trade gems, precious metals and  bench practices.
In addition there are articles on manufacturing standards and a ‘must read’ list for anybody interested in ‘fair trade’ jewellery.


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.


Cafod, NGO UK- website >

read Cafod report on gold >

Can silver ever be ethical?
Matilda Lee, The Ecologist
1st March, 2009


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.


Eco Jeweller >

Eco Jeweller looks at the issues behind all that glitters.


Global Witness submission relating to conflict minerals to the Securities and Exchange Commission on the Dodd-Frank Act >

Submission of The Enough Project regarding Section 1502 of the Dodd-Fran Act >

Detailed reports on Congo and conflict minerals are contained in the submission by the Enough and Global Witness submissions for the consolation on the Dodd-Frank Act. .



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suppliers of ethical metals and traceable stones

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

Jewellery by ute decker is made with recycled silver from Cred and since Cred sources no longer offers recycled silver from Capella.


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 -


Bellore - Hatton Garden >

Since 2011 Bellore is the first stockist in Hatton Garden of 100% recycled round and shaped sterling and pure silver wires/ sheet and grain.

39 Greville Street
London EC1N 8PJ
0207 404 3220


Hoover & Strong >
This USA company offers, 100% recycled precious metals 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.


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



Open Source Minerals

Kamoka Pearls

Natures Geometry

Open Source Minerals

Ruby Fair



List of more Trade Suppliers and Resources >
This list compiled by Marc Choyt comprises suppliers of fair traded gems and diamonds as well as fair traded and sustainable or recycled gold and silver.

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





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


The Jeweltree Foundation
Glacisweg 75
6212 BN Maastricht
The Netherlands
0031 (0)412 784.033


Fa. BrazilGems
88662 Überlingen
Tel: 07551-838587


Honduras Opal
Michael Vogt
Chromstraße 5,
30916 Isernhagen H.B.
Telefon: 05 11 – 8 97 98 96
Fax:      05 11 – 8 97 98 97


Edelsteinschleiferei & Mineralienhandel
Peter Lind Edelstein- Mainzerstraße 24
55743 Idar- Oberstein
Tel 06781 5622471
Fax 06781 23932


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


Laurins Garten
Roßgumpenstr. 10
72336 Balingen
Tel: 07435-919930





List of ethical jewellers in Germany

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








Tips on eco-friendly print design and a list of printers around the UK
www.solopress.com - online ordering facility & quick turnaround (go for eco-options)
http://www.greenhousegraphics.co.uk - for sustainable large format display systems such as printed banner stands and pop up stands.



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.


© ute decker, photography elke bock & ulrike trültzsch